Peer Mentoring Program
Peer mentoring supports new students in the Faculty of Arts and Education with their social and academic transition to studying at Deakin.
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Get a mentor
Are you new to Deakin and feeling a little daunted about starting? Sign up for the Peer Mentoring Program!
What is the Peer Mentoring Program?
Peer mentoring gives new students the opportunity to connect with experienced students to ask questions, receive essential advice and to learn from their experiences. Mentors are not tutors but they will help you to become a successful student and get the most out of your time at Deakin!
What are the benefits of the program?
Participating in the program will allow you to:
- Meet new people and establish connections
- Learn directly from experienced students who have ‘been there’ before
- Have a first port-of-call for all of your questions
- Learn how to use the online programs such as DeakinSync, StudentConnect etc.
- Become aware of the many support available to you as a Deakin
Am I eligible to sign up?
If you are enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Education and it is your first time studying at Deakin, then you are eligible to register for the program. Participants may be mature age, entering via a Diploma, straight out of high school, undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic or international.
The program is available to students studying at Burwood, Geelong and Cloud (online). Warrnambool students are also welcome to sign up and be matched with an online mentor.
How does it work?
On-Campus: For the first six weeks of the trimester, your allocated mentors will meet with you once a week at a mutually agreed time. Generally contact is made via Deakin email or text messages as well as in person. It will be important for you to keep in contact with your mentors and to respond to email or text messages throughout the program. Your first meeting with your peer mentor will take place during the Week One of the Trimester.
Cloud(online): The program runs for the first six weeks of the trimester and co ntact is made each week generally via Deakin email or text messages and phone calls as determined between you and your mentor. It will be important for you to keep in contact with your peer mentor and respond to email or text messages during the program.
Who will my mentors be?
Mentors are students, like you, who are just further along in their studies. They volunteer to help new students adjust to life at Deakin.
I want to join, how do I sign up?
Click on the registration button below to complete the online form. Applications for Trimester 2 are now open.
Become a mentor
Have you completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Arts and Education and want to help others succeed? Become a peer mentor!
What are the benefits of volunteering to be a mentor?
- Opportunity to meet new people and establish friendships
- Add skills to your CV that may assist with your future employability
- Share and build on your knowledge of university life
- Utilise and enhance your personal and academic skills
- Enhance your personal and professional development
- Enjoy the satisfaction of helping new students cope with the transition to University life
Who can be a mentor?
Students who are enrolled (either on-campus or online) in the Faculty of Arts and Education and who have completed at least one year of study at Deakin. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they:
- Are committed, reliable and enthusiastic
- Are a good role model for other students
- Are familiar with the University and Faculty services
- Have strong inter-personal skills and a desire to help others
How does it work?
ON-CAMPUS mentors work in pairs and each pair is assigned to a group of new students (i.e. mentees) to support over the first 6 active weeks of the trimester. Meetings occur each week at a time and place negotiated between mentors and mentees.
ONLINE mentors support their mentees by maintaining weekly contact via the program Cloud page, email, text or over the phone for the first six weeks of trimester.
What does mentoring involve?
As a mentor, you must commit to the entire 6 study weeks of the program. You will complete the training and hold weekly meetings each week. There are also optional events that we encourage you to participate in, such as the Orientation Week stall and various social events. Mentors submit weekly feedback on their progress via an online journal.
How do I apply?
Click on the ‘Apply Now' to submit an expression of interest form to become a mentor for Trimester 2, 2016. Interviews and training will be held in June.
Reapply to be a mentor
Have you completed at least one trimester as a mentor and want to continue? Reapply now for next trimester!
I was a mentor last trimester, am I automatically re-enrolled for the next intake?
If you loved being a mentor and want to participate again, you will need to reapply via the online form (see below).
Will I need to attend training again?
If you have already completed training in the Faculty of Arts and Education then you are generally not required to attend again. If you would like to refresh your knowledge, however, you are always welcome to participate in the next session.
How do I reapply?
To reapply for Trimester 2, complete the online form.