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Support starts with the Residential Leaders who are available as senior students and mentors to first-year residents. From the second week of semester, tutorials are held during the evenings and on weekends for many University papers, and Foundation Studies and Polytechnic students may also have tutorials in certain subjects, depending upon demand. See the academic noticeboard for tutorials on any given week.
And we encourage you to remember that along the pathway of learning there are often challenges, sometimes failures, and almost always things we haven't seen coming. The words of this whakataukī ring true to the experience of many:
Just like a rainbow after the storm, success follows failure
Salmond runs tutorials in a range of subjects, including all competitive entry courses such as Health Sciences, Law, and other areas such as Commerce. Tutorials usually run weekly, with extra support leading up to exams. Salmond residents are also welcome to attend Knox College tutorials, on the same campus, and this can be especially useful for subjects where there is insufficient demand to run a separate tutorial at Salmond, or where a student has a timetable clash.
The Head of College and Deputy Head of College monitor the academic performance of College members throughout the year, and find additional support where it may be needed. The Deputy Head of College is always available to listen, and direct you to support available, including information which can be found via the links at the end of this page. If you have concerns about your academic pathway, make an appointment to see the Deputy Head.
During the early part of each Semester, Course Advisers and Liasion Officers will visit the college to help residents who want to make changes to their course. Rest assured that many residents make changes to their course, and there is support available through contacting AskOtago between 7:00am – 9:00pm (Monday to Friday) and 8:30am – 6:00pm (Saturday and Sunday) on 0800 808098.
If residents have special learning needs or disabilities, college staff can refer to the many support services available. These include Disability Support and Information, the Examinations team for special examination arrangements, the Peer Assisted Study Skills team, and Student Development.
All bedrooms are wired and have wifi internet access. Once residents are registered with the University of Otago they will be able to use their devices within the College, this allows students access through the University of Otago to the internet.
Wireless is also available in most areas of the College.
Here are two handy links for academic support: