Study support

Find out about programmes where you can help other students with their studies—or get some assistance yourself.

Exam tips and tricks

At the end of each trimester, all students sit exams and submit final assessments. Learn some tips and tricks about how to prepare.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) Leaders

PASS leaders facilitate voluntary study sessions in selected 100- and 200-level courses in FCA, FHSS, LAWS, PSYC and CHEM. Leaders do not tutor, rather they facilitate active learning, fostering a supportive environment for members to work together to identify and meet their own learning needs. The role requires on average one 50-minute session per week plus four hours’ training. You need to be achieving B+ or higher to apply. These roles are Wellington Plus approved.

Applications to become a leader are taken in February and June each year.

Join a PASS group to develop your study skills.

Peer writers

Peer writers are usually postgraduates who provide individual assistance to develop and advance student academic writing skills. They are proficient in grammar, style, structure and referencing styles, can listen to student concerns and provide constructive suggestions. This is a paid position and training is provided. Postgraduates are recruited in February each year. Peer writers work up to eight hours per week during Trimesters 1 and 2. Peer writers are Wellington Plus approved.

Pasifika Student Success mentoring programme

This programme helps empower Pasifika students to do well in their academic study. Mentors offer their free time to provide support, academic guidance and be a friend to other students. The role requires one hour a week/fortnight, for a year. These roles are Wellington Plus and WILP approved (for international students only).

Te Rōpū Āwhina

Te Rōpū Āwhina is an on-campus whānau for Māori and Pasifika students enrolled in degrees or majors in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design. Their kaupapa is to produce scientists, technologists, engineers, architects and designers to contribute to Māori and Pacific community development and leadership.

Vic Volunteers

Support other students by becoming a Vic Volunteers note-taker in your class or a van driver for students with mobility impairments.


Note-takers have a meaningful role of providing copies of their lecture notes for students with impairments who are unable to take their own.

Van drivers

Van drivers transport students with mobility impairments around campus. Drivers need a reliable attitude, empathy for students and a commitment to providing access and support to students with impairments.

Te Amaru—Disability Services academic support workers

Academic Support Workers undertake study related-assistance enabling students with impairments to fully access the academic environment.

Pacific Island Law Mentoring Programme

This programme supports all Pacific Island students studying Law by providing additional tutorials, mentoring support and study skills sessions. Being a mentor involves meeting with one or two students on a casual basis, usually once a week for an hour. Mentors are recruited at the beginning of each trimester. These roles are approved for Wellington Plus and WILP.

Contact Purcell Sali on 04 463 6303

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