School tips for teens

School is a busy place. Here's the scoop on how to survive and make the most out of school.



  • Cycling — Safe cycle routes to and from school using maps from the Christchurch City Council.
  • Buses, bus timetables, journey planners and check your Metrocard balance. Metro also runs separate school bus services. Note that young people under the age of 18 pay approximately half price for fares upon presentation of a Cando card or approved photo ID with date of birth.
  • Driving — If you’re sixteen or over this might be the year you get your licence. Our page has got all the info to help get you started.


Healthy nibbles for teenagers and high school students
Publications from the Community and Public Health staff giving information and healthy tips for students, parents and teachers.

Study support and homework help

Online homework help

AnyQuestions logoAnyQuestions offers free online homework help to New Zealand school students. Log in from 1pm to 6pm weekdays during the school year to chat online with a librarian about a schoolwork question.

LiveOnlineLiveOnline is an interactive chat session with a librarian live over the Internet. Get answers to your questions, get help using eResources and more.

At the library

Find library books to help with study:

Getting help

Dr G

Having problems at school? Dr G is here to provide support and suggestions for any genuine problem you may have with health, sexual health or relationship issues. The service is supported by experts from Community and Public Health, Canterbury District Health Board.

Dr G

Canterbury District Health Board

Here's links to some useful Canterbury District Health Board's pamphlets:


Youthline talks to a lot of young people. The Youthline website has heaps of down to earth advice for Kiwi teens.

Mates and bullying

If you’re stressed about making new mates at school you’re not alone. National helpline 0800WHATSUP reckons that this, and bullying, are the main problems they get calls about. Our page on bullying has information on how to deal with uncool behaviour.


There are heaps of books that’ll help you avoid or deal with sticky situations. Here are some of our favourites: