"‘Learning how to learn’ is the biggest favour you can do for yourself"


If you need some extra help with your studies, talk with our Student Learning Advisors. They have a wide range of study support skills and will help you to become an independent learner. This includes providing learning assistance to students with disabilit​​ies, such as note-taking, sign language, specialised assessments, access to equipment and assistive technology, and liaising with lecturing staff.


When you want to access these services please contact learning services staff on each of our campuses, by dropping into the centrally located learning services areas, or by emailing:


Manawatū and Horowhenua - Learningservices-Pn@ucol.ac.nz

Whanganui – Learningservices-Wg@ucol.ac.nz

Wairarapa – Learningservices-Wai@ucol.ac.nz


Contact us if you need help with:

  • Time Management
    Time management tips and strategies.

  • Memory Skills
    Techniques for improving memory.

  • Critical Thinking
    Understanding critical thinking in relation to academic writing.

  • Oral Presentations
    Guidelines for preparing an oral presentation.

  • Essays
    Analysing the question, essay planning, paragraph structure and how to self-check.

  • APA Referencing
    Academic integrity, how to reference in-text and end-of-text and writing style for referencing.

  • Reading
    SQ3R reading method, reading preparation and strategies.

  • Research
    Use of internet sources, academic integrity and plagiarism.

  • Tests and Exams
    Exam preparation and revision strategies.

  • Numeracy and Literacy
    Basic maths and English.

To book an appointment with a Student Learning Advisor contact:

UCOL Manawatū

Hours: Weekdays 8:30am – 4:30pm

Phone: 0800 GO UCOL (0800 46 8265) (ask for assistance)

Email: Learningservices-Pn@ucol.ac.nz


Whanganui Learning Hub Desk

Hours: Weekdays 9:00am – 4:00pm

Phone: 06 965 3801 ext. 60877

Email: Learningservices-Wg@ucol.ac.nz


Wairarapa Learning Hub

Hours: Weekdays 9:00am – 4:30pm

Phone: 06 946 2301 ext. 72044

Email: Learningservices-Wai@ucol.ac.nz


Being prepared for your appointment:

  • Turn up on time. This will ensure you get the most out of your appointment.
  • Read through your work and identify the areas that you wish to focus on.
  • Proof read (or get someone to proof read for you) your work for errors with spelling, punctuation and grammar.


What to bring:

  • A printed copy of your work-no handwritten work please.
  • The assignment question and marking schedule.
  • Any questions you have regarding your assignment.


If you are unable to make your appointment you must contact either the Student Learning Advisor by email or phone (0800 46 8265). Failure to cancel prior to your appointment may result in you not being able to make further appointments. 


We will work with you to be an independent, successful learner.