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 on a weekly basis to ask questions, receive essential advice and to learn from their experiences. Mentors are not tutors but they will help you settle into University life so that you can 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
  • Become aware of the many support services available to you as a Deakin student

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 on-campus at Burwood, Waurn Ponds and Waterfront. 

How does it work?

On-Campus: For the first seven 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 Week One of the Trimester.

Cloud(online): Deakin's 'Success Coach Program' will be available to all commencing cloud students from Trimester 2, 2016. More information can be found on the Students Helping Students hub -

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?

Applications for Trimester 2, 2016 have now closed. The next intake will be for Trimester 1, 2017 and applications will be opening in early 2017.

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 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?

Mentors work in pairs and each pair is assigned to a group of new students (i.e. mentees) to support over the first seven active weeks of the trimester. Meetings occur each week at a time and place negotiated between mentors and mentees.

What does mentoring involve?

As a mentor, you must commit to the entire seven 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.

Can I be a mentor if I am a Cloud student?

Cloud students are encouraged to apply for Deakin's 'Success Coach Program' which is designed to support all new Cloud students in their transition to University. For further information, go to the Students Helping Students Hub -

How do I apply to be a peer mentor in the Faculty of Arts and Education?

Applications for T2 2016 mentors have now closed. To enquire about the next intake, please contact

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?

Applications for T2 2016 have now closed. To enquire about the next intake, please contact

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