Get a mentor

Get a mentor: Registration information for new students

As a new student, your first few weeks at university can be daunting.

It doesn't matter if you are mature age or straight from high school, a domestic or international student or whether you have come out of a pathways institution such as Deakin College, the student mentors can assist you!

Mentors are current Business and Law students who are able to provide first-hand experience, advice and suggestions to make your time at Deakin more enjoyable and easy.

Please use the tabs below to find contact details for the mentor program at your campus.

Other University resources

There are a number of mentoring programs available at Deakin. The Drop-in Stations, which are run by the Faculty of Business and Law, can help with your study skills. There are also Writing Mentors and Language and Learning Advisers who can help you with your reading and writing. To find the mentor or study support program that suits you, visit the Studying website today.

Aims of the program

Our mentors believe in studying smarter, not harder, and can provide tips on balancing time between working on your assignment and subject material, understanding the requirements of assignments; exam preparation; and what student life is like at Deakin.

  • Support new students with academic and social transition in their first trimester at Deakin
  • Create networks and links to the University community
  • Assist new students in recognising what is expected of them as Deakin students.

Benefits for new students

  • Immediate link into Deakin community,
  • Learn from shared experiences, and gain easy access to a wealth of knowledge that your Mentor has already obtained,
  • Find out how to be a successful Deakin student,
  • Clarification over academic expectations,
  • Opportunities to expand your social network across courses and year levels,
  • A senior student and also a friend to go and ask for advice,
  • Reference to support services in both the faculty and university,
  • Ways to increase your levels of confidence in transitioning into this new and dynamic environment that we operate in,
  • It's FREE!

Mentors can

  • Give study tips based on their own experiences
  • Advise students broadly on how to go about answering coursework
  • Assist you to become 'independent' learners
  • Refer you to the resources and services available in the Deakin University community.

Mentors cannot

  • Directly answer assessment questions
  • Provide a copy of their own course notes or assignment
  • Write your assignment
  • Be a unit tutor.

Matching process

Where possible we aim to match new students to mentors studying the same or similar course or discipline. Subject to numbers and applications, you may be mentored in a group of two to four students.

First meeting (compulsory)

You and your Mentor will meet and get to know each other. At this meeting you will also discuss expectations, roles, responsibilities and future meeting schedule.

  • Duration: the first six weeks of Trimester
  • Time commitment: 8-10 hours
  • Meeting: Once a week

Essential criteria to register for this program

We expect that you will

  • Have a desire to be a successful Deakin student
  • Respect the time and efforts of your mentor and group
  • Commit time to attend the first meeting, organised program events and organised team meetings
  • Provide timely feedback to your mentor and program coordinators and complete final online mentee evaluation form.


Further information

Geelong Waterfront

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

Melbourne Burwood

Content tool

More about the Mentor Program

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