'Exam-Preparation Boot Camp’ for Maori and Pacific students

11 October 2011


An ‘Exam-Preparation Boot Camp’ for Maori and Pacific students took place over the weekend of 23-25 September at Willow Park Christian Camp in Howick.

The initiative was dubbed ‘innovative’ by the Equity Office, due to its focus, timing, and location. The Boot Camp was aimed at Part II students in particular, many of whom begin feeling the pressures of studying full-year courses mounting at this time of year.

The aim of the weekend was to get students thinking about exam preparation well in advance of the study break and exam period, and to equip them with skills to ensure that they made the most of their time and energy. 45 Pacific and Maori Part II students registered for the camp, some expressing slight trepidation at the idea of a ‘Boot Camp’. Their fears were allayed however, once everyone arrived at the picturesque Willow Park grounds, and settled into their dorms.

Over the weekend, students attended intensive workshops in each of the four compulsory Part II subjects, as well as general study skills sessions. Between workshops, students retired to various secluded spots around the camp to concentrate on ‘independent studies’.

Pacific Academic Counsellor Treasa Dunworth kick-started the weekend with a stirring evening session on exam preparation, study skills, and the crucial but elusive knack of time management.

The lure of the All Blacks–France game on Saturday night was enough to bribe students into completing exam study schedules during the session - the requirement to earn a ‘hall pass’ to leave camp to watch the game at a nearby bar being a completed exam study schedule!

Other Faculty of Law staff including Khylee Quince, Kris Gledhill and Jeanette Hobbs also kindly took time out of their busy schedules to run study sessions for students.