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Student Learning Development

Student Learning Development provides learning support to all enrolled students, free of charge. The services offered by Student Learning Development are designed to assist students with note-taking, note-making, essay writing, editing, referencing, examination and study skills as well as other academic practices.

Services offered include:


Workshops are interactive, informal sessions that give you an opportunity to share ideas with others, reflect on your approach to study and learning and discover new techniques and skills.

Workshops at the Student Learning Centre and registration

Individual assistance from a learning adviser about any aspect of study that is causing concern

Peer assisted learning run by a senior 'experienced' student leader

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are run for some first year subjects and are led by students who successfully completed the paper the previous year. The sessions focus on the content covered in the course as well as other independent learning skills.

Pass subjects and registration

Language support for students from a non-English speaking background

Conversational English groups are designed to give non-English speaking students an opportunity to practice their English speaking skills with New Zealand students.

One-on-one assistance about the English language and New Zealand culture is also available.

Online tutorials

Online tutorials are informative, interactive resources which will assist you in completing your assignments and developing your academic learning skills. They cover a variety of topics including:

  • Essay writing
  • Writing a business report
  • Writing a scientific report
  • Compiling an annotated bibliography
  • Ethical issues such as plagiarism
  • Searching for and evaluating information

Available online resources and tutorials

Other online resources

Student Learning Development is located in the Central Library Building. To contact the Centre or make an appointment phone 03 479 5786 or email

University Library

Services the University Library offers include:

Comprehensive online information on researching, evaluating information and referencing

Subject guides

Subject guides contain subject specific information and resources that will assist you in finding articles, books, websites and other information for your research. Information to help with writing and citation is also provided.

Classes, tours and tutorials

Classes, tours and tutorials are available for all students of the University.

Make an enquiry about Library classes, tours and tutorials.

International Office

International Student Support has a lot of resources to support international students in their studies at the University of Otago.

International Student Advisers are also available if you have any issues or questions you would like to talk about.

Student Health

Student Health offers medical and counselling services that can help you deal with any issues that may be affecting your work or study.

Academic Integrity and Student Academic Misconduct at Otago

For further information:

Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct webpage

Student Experience

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