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Physics: Study Smart



Welcome to your Study Smart page 

If you have any questions about the content of this page, please contact the Subject Librarian, Justin Farquhar. Contact details are on the right-hand side of this page.


My Otago First Year

  Getting ready for:
An online environment to orientate yourself to University study life.
Here you'll find videos, podcasts, tutorials in visual and textual format that may help you prepare for the start of your academic career.

Welcome to the Science Library

The Science Library is the best place for textbooks and help.

View the Campus Map to find the Science Library (part of the Science III building)  

Group Study Rooms are available in all campus libraries


Using Course Reserve

  • Reserve Collections provide access to high demand items, such as textbooks and recommended readings.
  • Use the Course Reserve search in the library catalogue (and search by your course ).
  • Items in the Reserve Collection can only be used in the Library and only for two hours at a time.
  • You can book an item in advance - ask the Library Staff to do this for you.
  • Don't know where the Reserve Collection is? Ask at the Lending desk or watch this video

Past Exam Papers

Past exam papers are available online from the Library Homepage.

 Search by the exact code for your paper, eg. PHSI191. If you have searched

for a paper and it has been ‘embargoed’, the department does not allow access.


Student IT Advisors

Student IT Advisors wear a NAVY  vest with “Student IT - Ask Me” printed on the back.
To get help:
  • Tel +64 3 479 8888 or 0800 479 888

Your ID Card

Your ID card is essential for using the Library resources, printing
and photocopying. You can also use it to access computer labs after
hours, around town for cheap deals, and you MUST have one must to
enter an exam room.

Student Learning Centre

The Student Learning Development provides learning support, free of charge, to ALL enrolled students. Services include:

  • Workshops interactive, informal sessions that provide an opportunity for you to share ideas with others, to reflect on your approach to study and learning, and to discover new techniques and skills.
  • Advice and individual assistance from a learning adviser about  any aspect of your study that is causing concern.
  • On-line study skills guides, resources and tutorials.
  • Peer support for students of all ages and backgrounds from a senior ‘experienced’ student leader including orientation, academic support and writing support.
  • Language support for students from a non-English speaking background is available from ‘Kiwi’ student leaders, or join a Conversational English Group.

The Student Learning Centre is situated in the Information Services  Building.
To contact the Centre, or to make an appointment with a Study Skills Adviser, phone 479 5786 or e-mail

Study and Exam help



The Student Learning Centre has a number of helpful tip sheets to get you onto the right study path.


Subject Librarian | Kaitiaki Pukapuka

Justin Farquhar's picture
Justin Farquhar
Science Library | Te Whare Pukapuka PÅ«taiao

University of Otago | Te Whare Wananga o Otago

Tel. 479 7825