Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre



ASC update:

Kia ora koutou, Our consultations and quick queries can be either Zoom or in-person. To contact us - visit us at the Academic Skills Centre, send an email to academicskills@canterbury.ac.nz, and include some dates/times you are available, the course code of the subject, and what you would like to focus on, or phone us on 03 369 3900.

Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | 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. 

Term 4 workshops now online 

Stop stressing and act! Enrol in the free upcoming workshops:

NEW - Understanding stress seminar

Stress – is it all bad? What does it do to us? How can we notice going down the rabbit hole and how can we manage stress differently to set us up for success in the long run? These are some of the questions that we are trying to answer in our stress management seminar.

Revision and exam skills (for calculation-based subjects)


Revision and exam skills

Free 2023 ASC wall planners 

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

English language support 2023 programme 

This semester course is designed to help students with English as an additional language to improve their academic English. Classes are 50 minutes long and take place once per week (via /In-person/ZOOM) during term time. Students are welcome to join the course at any stage during the year.

Next Workshop: Wednesday, 20 September between 2.00 pm-2.50 pm. Topic: Concise writing - This session provides strategies for making your writing more concise, including breaking up long sentences, cutting unnecessary words and identifying repetition.

ASC extended hours

Appointments with the Academic Skills Centre team are available between 8 am to 6 pm Monday through to Friday. To book an appointment with us:

Phone: +64 3 369 3900

Email: academicskills@canterbury.ac.nz

Visit: Academic Skills Centre, Level 3, Puaka-James Hight (Central Library) 



For all enquiries

get in touch with the team at ASC

News and events