This series is a blog and video podcast resource designed to provide students with a first port of call when studying in a NET or BLK paper.


Getting started

Lockdown: How to study at home

The Guardian (International Edition) provides its collection of "What to do" advice from students for successful learning in a new "distance" modality (such as during a nationwide pandemic lock-down).

Online learning: Where do I start

A student's guide: Getting underway with your first online/blended class at Waikato

Connecting with classmates and helping each other online

When you are feeling all alone, there are other students in the course feeling the same way. See information about how to stay in contact, and good ways of helping each other.

Getting help

Where to get help: Student Learning

Help with your assignments on campus or at a distance (video or written comment)

Where to get more help: University library lifeline

Visit the Library, online or in person, and 'Chat with a Librarian" for search and referencing advice.

Handling the technology

There are many pages of help files covering the different technology that you might  encounter including Moodle, Google, Turnitin (Tii), Mahara (ePortfolio),  (and there are help pages for everyday technology like Powerpoint, Excel, Word etc )

The skills you need (and how to develop them)

Managing time

6 tips for managing your time and managing your self online

Asynchronous online discussions

How to learn from your teachers and your classmates in online discussions (NB: asynchronous means online written discussions happening over a pre-set period of time)

What to write in a discussion

Do you feel like it's all been said already? We have advice for you


Three ways of showing leadership online. Remember, your contribution is positive and helpful.


You know what your teachers expect of you, and what you can expect of them, and of your classmates.

Effective communication online

Writing clearly, and disagreeing constructively. We expect participants to maintain a high standard of courtesy, respect and language. This page explains how to participate in forum discussions.

Student Learning