Academic Skills - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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.

Announcements and Events

NEW! - Understanding the Question

Learn strategies for making sense of the question, choosing an appropriate writing style, determining the scope of the question, and understanding how to address complex questions. Enrol in one of these two workshops being held in Term 1.

Attention: All UC Honours Students

Step up with confidence to your Honours year! The ASC offers a series of workshops designed specifically to assist UC Honours students. Learn more about the workshops here

Enrol now! - ASC 2017 Term 1 workshops and seminars start this week.

A series of free workshops/seminars for all UC students.


FREE - 2017 ASC Student Wall Planners now available

Call into ASC to collect a 2017 wall planner.

2017 Tutor and Demonstrator Training

The Academic Services Group, Electronic Learning Support, and Academic Skills Centre collaborate to offer free-of-charge tutor and demonstrator training sessions.After completing the Basic Tutor Training, participants can gain further skills by enrolling in the Advanced Tutor Training. For further information and online enrolment click here.



  • Academic Skills Centre
    University of Canterbury,
    Private Bag 4800,
    Christchurch 8140
    +64 3 369 3900
    When contacting us, please use your
    University of Canterbury email address.
  • Our location
    Level 3,
    Central Library (Puaka-James Hight)