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 Mentor Program!
What is the Peer Mentor 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 all of your questions in a friendly environment, receive essential advice and to learn from their experiences. Starting at University can be overwhelming, so having a mentor to guide you through the first six weeks will help to ensure that your transition to University study is as easy as possible.
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?
Peer Mentors will help you to succeed in your studies, however, they are not tutors and are not trained to assist with academic work. 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 many 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 at Deakin, then you are eligible to register for the program. Most mentees sign up in their first Trimester of study, however if you have missed out on a mentor and would like one, let us know.
The program is available to students studying at Burwood, Waurn Ponds and Waterfront.
How does it work?
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 email or text messages as well as in person. It will be important for you to keep in contact with your mentor 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. Peer mentors volunteer to help new students adjust to life at Deakin. Your mentor 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 the Trimester 1 Program are now closed. To see a mentor, please visit the Mentor Hot Desk:
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 (known as mentees) to support over the first six 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 six 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 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?
Applications open in Trimester 2. Click ‘Apply Now' to submit an expression of interest form to become a mentor.
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 can 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 you will only be required to attend refresher training (1-2 hours).
How do I reapply?
Click on the 'Re-apply' button below to apply to continue mentoring next trimester”
Mentor hot desks
MENTOR HOT DESKS IN STUDENT HUBS T1
Weeks 1 - 11
Burwood: N Student Hub
Waurn Ponds: JB Student Hub
Tuesday & Wednesday
10am - 1pm
Monday & Wednesday
11am – 2pm
Mentor Hot Desk
Phone: 522 72743
Office: Geelong Campus, ic3.312 and IC3.213
Burwood Campus: ask at the Student Central Hub