Writing Mentors - apply

If you are an excellent listener who loves writing and wants to assist students to succeed at Deakin, you may be interested in a Writing Mentor position. If you have figured out how to succeed at Deakin, have good communication and enjoy teamwork, please read on!

Writing Mentor program

An excellent student leadership opportunity exists for currently enrolled Deakin students to be involved in an innovative peer learning program at the Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool campuses and the Dandenong Learning Centre. This program is designed to support new and continuing students. The program will engage small teams of students from all four Faculties as Writing Mentors throughout the trimester.

What is a Writing Mentor?

A Writing Mentor is a guide who helps students understand the expectations of university assignments, and also provides tips and strategies for developing academic writing skills. Writing Mentors help students with: time management, unpacking assignments questions, researching, writing and referencing skills.

Mentoring is about assisting students to become independent and self-directed learners through empowerment and utilising our own experience as students.


Becoming a Writing Mentor

Conditions

  • Paid role at HEW 1 – $31.01
  • Initial and ongoing training provided in a supportive environment
  • Shifts between Monday and Friday
  • Shifts of 3 hours
  • Writing Mentors work on campus from designated spaces
  • Writing Mentors work face-to-face and online

Purpose

  • Engage and connect with students from all faculties and disciplines
  • Listen carefully and question as needed to understand students' reasons for seeking support
  • Help students understand how to interpret academic expectations
  • Encourage student awareness of key concepts such as time-management and independent learning
  • Link students to relevant support services in faculties and across the University
  • Increase levels of confidence in new and continuing students by encouraging independent learning skills from a student perspective

Typical tasks

Writing Mentors will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide peer writing support to students across all faculties and disciplines, in both face-to-face and online environments
  • Help students find their best approaches to study
  • Make referrals to other support services across the University
  • Collect statistics about enquiries made
  • Participate in ongoing professional development
  • Attend regular team meetings
  • Participate and team or individual projects as required
  • Liaise with Senior Student Writing Mentors and Language and Learning Advisers as required

Selection Criteria

  1. Current Deakin student and continuing studies at Deakin in 2016-17.
  2. Good academic results with WAM (average results) greater than 65%
  3. Completed at least 8 units of study at Deakin
  4. Excellent listening skills and proven teamwork skills
  5. Good communication skills
  6. Enthusiasm in wanting to engage and help other students

Note: selection of student Writing Mentors may also consider the need to ensure a mix of students from across faculties.


Apply:

Applications for 2017 are now open, apply via UniHub

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