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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New to Deakin?
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 mentors are the ultimate resource for all commencing students! Having a peer mentor gives you the opportunity to connect with experienced students on a weekly basis to ask questions, receive essential advice and to learn from their experiences.
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
Will my Peer Mentor help me with my academic work?
The short answer is no. Peer Mentors are not tutors and cannot help other students with their academic work. That is not to say, however, that they will not help you to succeed in your studies. Peer Mentors will share with you how they have achieved their own academic success. They will help you find crucial resources, let you know who you should be contacting for help and will keep you informed of the support services and workshops available to you.
Am I eligible to sign up?
If you are enrolled on-campus in the Faculty of Arts and Education and it is your first trimester of study 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 Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 programs are available to students studying at Burwood, Waurn Ponds and Waterfront. The Trimester 3 program is run at the Burwood campus only in 2016.
How does it work?
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.
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. Your mentors may not be from your course, but they will be experienced students who have the knowledge and skills to guide you in the right direction.
I am a new student in the Faculty of Arts and Education, how do I sign up for the program?
Applications for Trimester 3, 2016 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 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 - www.deakin.edu.au/students/get-involved/shs-hub
How do I apply to be a peer mentor in the Faculty of Arts and Education?
Click on the ‘Apply Now' to submit an expression of interest form to become a mentor for Trimester 1, 2017.
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?
Click on the 'Re-apply' button below to apply to be a mentor in Trimester 1, 2017.