Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre



The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) is a free advisory service and resource hub that focuses on writing and study strategies to maximise student achievement at all levels from first year through to PhD.

We offer individual consultations with a learning advisor to discuss a specific assignment, as well as workshops, seminars, lectures, and online resources on critical thinking and writing in the university context—everything from the correct use of semi-colons to creating a citations list, to subject-specific styles of discourse. 

Free 2021 ASC wall planners now available

Visit us on Level 3, Puaka-James Hight to collect your free 2021 wall planner. 

ASC summmer 2021 workshops - get ahead over the break 

Take advantage of the free ASC summer workshops/seminars for undergraduates, honours, and postgraduate students. New to UC in 2021, and cannot enrol online, please email us your name, contact phone number and the summer course/s you would like to attend.

Starting at university in 2021? Check out and enrol in the First year students' academic orientation - numbers limited.

Academic skills for Honours and taught Master's students (offered Term 1 only)

Postgraduate study is characterised by greater depth and higher academic expectations than undergraduate study. Workshops that will help you to succeed include:

  • Writing research questions and the research proposal
  • Writing a literature review  
  • Maximising your time
  • Effective note-taking
  • Writing the research essay

English language summer support programme 

Do you want to improve your English language before the semester starts? Would you like to learn key skills and meet other international students? At these fun and supportive workshops you will learn strategies for reading difficult texts and writing effective academic paragraphs. You will identify grammatical mistakes and practise correcting these in your writing. Learning advisors will be on hand to answer your questions and provide feedback on your work. Enrol now!

Tuesday, 9 February 2021: Reading strategies and paragraph structure

Wednesday, 10 February 2021: Grammar and writing support



For all enquiries

get in touch with the team at ASC

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