Academic Skills Centre | Pokapū Pūkenga Ako

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.


Watch this space - 2019 ASC Summer Workshops coming soon...

Don't wait until the last minute, get prepared for the new year ahead. Enrol in free ASC workshops to upskill and get organised before the 2019 academic year begins.

Register interest for these upcoming workshops by emailing your full name plus the subject title Summer Programme 2019 to, and we will email you the 2019 Summer programme as soon as it has been finalised.


Adult Students’ Academic Orientation

If you are an adult student (20+ years) and have been away from study for some time, our Adult Students’ Academic Orientation may be for you! Topics covered include time management; critical thinking; academic style and conventions; and effective note-taking. This orientation programme will boost your confidence and help you to gain key skills for succeeding in your first year.

When: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, Friday, 8 February

Where: Room 308, Puaka-James Hight (Central Library)

To register, please email us at


International Students' Academic Orientation

At this free academic orientation, you will meet other international students and participate in workshops to prepare you for your studies. This event is designed for students from non-English-speaking countries, but all international students are welcome to register. The programme includes academic writing, avoiding plagiarism and understanding university expectations.

When: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, Tuesday 12 February

Where: Room 308, Puaka-James Hight (Central Library)

To register email (Please note enrolment is limited to the first 30 registrations.)


First Year Students' Academic Orientation

This session is designed for students who are new to university and keen to get their bearings as soon as possible. You’ll learn how to decipher instructions for assignments and the basics of what counts as “academic” writing. There will also be an exploration of the key differences between school and university assessment, top tips from senior students, a look at how UC librarians can make your life easier, and a quick jaunt through some FAQs about student life.  

When: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, Wednesday, 13 February

Where: Room 308, Puaka-James Hight (Central Library)

Further information and online registration available here.


Available now - free wall planners for 2019

Visit ASC to collect your 2019 wall planner.


ASC Holiday Hours

ASC will close end of day Thursday, 20 December 2018 and will reopen on Monday, 7 January 2019.

For all enquiries

get in touch with the team at ASC

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