Become a peer mentor
Apply to become a Burwood Mentor in 2015. Please contact Georgina to discuss (phone: 0419 875 828) or submit an expression of interest via the online application form.
A new group of nervous and excited students will commence studies in 2015 and the Faculty of Arts and Education would like to invite you to become a peer mentor, as part of our support program for both new students and those continuing who would like a bit of assistance.
By becoming a peer mentor you have the opportunity to assist first year students through their transition into life at university.
What is peer mentoring?
Peer mentoring programs are offered to students enrolled in courses in the Faculty of Arts and Education. These programs aim to provide support for international and domestic students in their transition into university life. As a Peer Mentor you will:
- Translate university language, programs and requirements for new students
- Provide a positive role model to new students
- Act as an information conduit between staff and students
- Help new students have a sense of belonging at university
- Refer students to appropriate services for support
What is required of a peer mentor?
In your role as Peer Mentor you are expected to meet the following obligations:
Schedule and attend weekly meetings (on time) with your mentees once a week for the first six weeks of trimester for approximately an hour.
Mentor Online Journal
All peer mentors must complete their Peer Mentor Online Journal after each week's meeting with your mentees. The journal provides an overview of what you have covered with your group as well as issues and challenges facing first year students.
Attend all scheduled peer mentor events (one day during week one of the trimester and up to two additional events during the first six weeks of trimester). Dates of these events will be provided to you during recruitment.
In addition Peer Mentors must:
- Maintain confidentiality at all times
- Be committed to the peer mentoring program
- Act in a professional and appropriate manner which sets a positive example to all students
- Notify the peer mentoring coordinator of any issues during the program
What are the benefits of being a Mentor to new students?
- The chance to meet new people and establish friendships
- Share (and build on) your knowledge of university life
- Utilise and enhance your personal and academic skills
- Enhance your personal and professional development
- Add skills to your CV this may assist with your future employability
- Enjoy the satisfaction of helping new students begin to cope with their new lifestyles.
At the completion of the program you will receive a certificate of participation and credit on your Deakin card in recognition of your support of the program (in the past the value was $100). Please note that students must have successfully completed their role as Mentor to be eligible for the formal recognition mentioned above.
Peer mentor training
We provide training for peer mentors prior to trimester commencement. Training comprises of one full day in the inter-trimester break. At the completion of this you will have developed and enhanced the following skills: communication, leadership, team building and problem solving. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in interactive learning experiences with key university staff and network with your fellow mentors.
How do I become involved?
Apply now to become a Mentor in 2015. Please contact Georgina to discuss (phone: 0419 875 828) or submit an expression of interest via the online application form.