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Department of Physics

A present day overview


The Department of Physics’ Tuākana programme is primarily targeted toward first year Māori and Pacific students, with the aim of encouraging them to develop personal and work strategies in order to increase their achievement levels at University.

At the start of each semester, all Physics Tuākana students are invited to a special meet and greet event, where they get to mix and mingle with their fellow students along with tutors and lecturers within the Department. The goal of this initial event is to introduce students to each other so that they can form social connections early on, and so that they can see academics in a more informal setting in order to make the academic environment feel less intimidating.

Throughout each semester, students are invited to a number of social gatherings with both their peers and tutors to ensure their connections within the department continue to grow. They are also offer academic assistance in a number of ways, including:

Tuākana tutorial/drop in sessions

Students are invited to weekly tutorial and drop in sessions in the late afternoon – timed specifically so that they don’t clash with lecture times. The goal of these sessions is to help students work through and complete their assignment work before heading home, as many of our students live in large families where finding a quiet study space can be difficult.

There are also some drop in sessions in the early morning, to cater to those who have commitments in the evening.

Course materials

Most Physics course materials are available online, but to ensure students have access to all essential resources for their courses, there are mutliple copies of our textbooks in the Physics

Tuākana library, Exam prepartion and special course tutorials

The department organise special course tutorials close to key assessment and exam times, along with exam prepration tutorials to help students best prepare for their tests and exams.

Physics Tuākana social media

The department also utilises social media (for example, the Physics Tuākana Facebook page) in order to keep students up to date with key information and support events, and to enable students to connect with each other outside of social gatherings. It’s also a great tool for students to connect with tutors and ask questions at any time using a medium familiar to them.

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Key contacts

Programme Coordinators:

Peter Wills

Raj Tyagi