Peer Learning Advisor (PLA)

Selection criteria

Peer Learning Advisors are selected based on their academic writing skills, GPA and previous work experience.  Candidates must successfully complete a written assessment to be considered for the role.


Peer Learning Advisors provide writing and study skills support to undergraduate, and occasionally postgraduate, students during one-to-one consultations at the Academic Skills Centre. PLAs advise students on analysing assignment tasks, structure, planning, referencing, grammar and style, time management, note taking and exam skills. PLAs undergo training based on the values of ako, aro and whanaungatanga.

Hours involved in the activity

3 modules of 12 hours each.

Every 12 hours of participation in an activity is equal to one intersection point (12 hours = 1 intersection point). For this activity you can claim a maximum of 3 learning and development outcomes.


Jessica Ritchie
Learning Advisor
Level 3 Puaka-James Hight Building
Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext 4139

Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

By actively engaging in this activity, you can claim against one of the pre-determined intersection points detailed below. You should reflect on your experience and select the WRS/GA intersection point that best represents your learning outcome.


  • C1 - Communication - PLAs explain ideas clearly and effectively, listen. ask open questions, and support and encourage students.
  • C2 - Initiative & enterprise - PLAs identify areas for improvement in their teaching, find solutions and implement changes.
  • C4 - Learning - PLAs learn new skills, apply them in different contexts, and reflect on their practice in order to improve their skills.
  • C6 - Problem solving - PLAs identify the needs of individual students and apply tailored solutions to help students overcome barriers to their learning.
  • C7 - Self-management - PLAs manage their time and set priorities during consultations, evaluate their work performance, and establish goals for future professional development.
  • C8 - Teamwork - PLAs and ASC staff share knowledge and experience to improve outcomes for students.
  • D1 - Communication - PLAs communicate effectively with students from a range of cultural and language backgrounds in an culturally responsive way.
  • D2 - Initiative & enterprise - PLAs identify areas for improvement in the provision of ASC services for international students.
  • D4 - Learning - PLAs undergo cultural competence training to identify their assumptions and learn how to support students from different cultural backgrounds.
  • D6 - Problem solving - PLAs identify the specific needs of international and non-native English-speaking students and apply tailored solutions to enhance student learning.
  • D7 - Self-management - PLAs manage their expectations and acknowledge their assumptions to meet the needs of students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • D8 - Teamwork - PLAs and ASC staff share knowledge to provide culturally responsive services for students.
Matrix intersection points for Peer Learning Advisor (PLA) (highlighted in grey)
Co-curricular Record (CCR)

UC Graduate Attributes (GAs)

Bicultural Competence & Confidence Community Engagement Employability Innovation & Enterprise Global Awareness
Work Readiness Skills (WRS) Communication A1 B1 C1 D1
Initiative and enterprise A2 B2 C2 D2
Leadership A3 B3 C3 D3
Learning A4 B4 C4 D4
Planning and organising A5 B5 C5 D5
Problem solving A6 B6 C6 D6
Self-management A7 B7 C7 D7
Teamwork A8 B8 C8 D8
Technology A9 B9 C9 D9

CCR criteria

  • UC affiliated
  • Not an academic prerequisite
  • Not for academic credit

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