Indigenous Academic Success

Deakin University is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success. To work with students towards this goal we have a number of services that students can engage with to develop their academic skills.

Indigenous Tutorial Network (ITN)

The Indigenous Tutorial Network provides tutorial services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at Deakin University. The ITN program is funded by the Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) within the National Indigenous Australians Agency. We use the funds to employ qualified tutors to provide academic support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at Deakin University.

Student Information

  • Academic writing skills
  • Referencing support
  • Assessment planning
  • Content-specific feedback on assessment
  • Consolidating understanding of unit content material

Tutorial support does not include:

  • Writing or directly editing students work
  • Assessing work
  • Advocacy on students behalf

Tutors can be arranged for online sessions, on-campus sessions or in your local community if you study online or away from base.

  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Be enrolled in a recognised course or unit at Deakin University

You will need to apply for a tutor for each unit you would like tutorial support for in each trimester, and the term of the support will be limited to the trimester.*

*This applies to courses that land in the trimester format. If your course does not other provisions shall be made.

ITN Student Request Form

Tutor Information

Coaching Academic Skills

  • Provide advice on sentence and paragraph structures.
  • Provide advice on assessment structure (for example, essays, literature review, or memorandum).
  • Provide advice on referencing and paraphrasing.
  • Help break down assessment task questions, referring back to the assessment task rubric.
  • Support developing plans to complete assessment tasks on time.

Engagement with Unit Content

  • Check-in with student’s progression through unit materials and access to online resources.
  • Consolidate student's understanding of unit content.
  • If there is confusion around unit content, defer the student to the lecturer for advice.

Using Relevant Resources

  • Use up-to-date resources as reference material in tutoring sessions (For example, the Deakin referencing guidelines found on the website, or the Student Learning Advisor’s guides to academic writing skills).

What is not in your role?

  • Undertake research for the student.
  • Edit or rewrite student work. (providing feedback through comments is acceptable)
  • Type draft essays.
  • Any other activity that could reasonably be conducted by the student or that could compromise the originality of the student’s work.

The ITN Tutor role is a highly casual role. This is because ITN allocates 2 hours per unit per week. The reason for this is because students may work with different tutors depending on the different skills and disciplines they would like support with. As a program, we are also reliant on student requests and engagement. Student requests may come throughout a trimester. Student engagement can fluctuate based on a number of factors, including enrolment, assessments, personal situations, and university changes.

Tutors may work with one or multiple students depending on the tutor's capacity to take on students and the number of students looking for tutors.

There are two types of tutoring in the Indigenous Tutorial Network; Intensive Tutoring and Non-Intensive Tutoring. Most of the tutoring that happens is Non-Intensive Tutoring. These are connections that are made through the Student Learning Coordinator and are one-to-one tutoring relationships. For this form of tutoring, the bookings are managed through the tutor and the student. Intensive Tutoring refers to tutoring organised during NIKERI Institute intensives. To support the learning during an intensive, the Student Learning Coordinator will contact local tutors with related disciplines to the courses that are on intensive to see who would be available to tutor. Those availabilities and then put into Microsoft Bookings for students to be able to book tutoring.

ITN Tutor Application Form

The process from the application to tutoring is:

  • Complete ITN Application Form
  • Zoom interview with Student Learning Coordinator
  • Reference Check
  • Fill out a Newstarter form that will be sent to your email address from our HR team and attach appropriate documentation including:
    • Identification (Current Australian Passport, or Current Drivers License and Birth Certificate)
    • Working With Children Card, state equivalent, or teacher registration
  • HR will process your employment
  • You will receive login details and induction materials
  • You can begin tutoring with students when the Student Learning Coordinator connects you with students

An application is not a guarantee of employment. An application can be stopped due to a number of various reasons. The outline above is simply an indication of a normal successful process.

Forms & Links

For any questions you may have contact the ITN Team.

Phone: 03 5227 3803


Academic Support Officer

The Academic Support Officer will guide you to develop the necessary study skills to excel in your course. They will help you prepare for assessments as well as further develop your abilities to write, plan, take effective notes and remember important details. They can also be a point of contact to refer you to other services provided by Deakin University to help you reach your academic goals.

With the support of the Academic Support Officer you can:

  • Understand your assessment tasks.
  • Gain feedback to help you plan, write and revise your work.
  • Develop strategies to help you improve and develop your study skills.

You can sign up for one-on-one and small group sessions or attend workshops on areas of need that have been selected by your lecturers. When you’re back home, you can email or call for feedback on assessment tasks and study skills.

There are four ways you can make the most out of your time with the Academic Support Officer:

  1. Bring or send your assignment question and your draft so far (if you’ve got one). It doesn’t matter what stage you are up to!
  2. Bring or send your unit guide and any assessment instructions.
  3. Decide which section of your work you want to focus on, such as referencing, assessment structure or finding the right information.
  4. Make a list of questions you have about your assignment.

To contact the Academic Support Officer you can email

To make a booking for Academic Support you can click on this link

Deakin Academic Support

Deakin University offers a number of academic support services available to students for academic support. This can include:

  • Maths tutors
  • HDR
  • Academic skills guides
  • 30 minute skype appointments with Deakin Language and Learning Advisors
  • Writing and Maths mentors
  • 24 hour response to referencing and quick study skills tips.
  • 24 hour/7 days a week service for online tutoring. Written feedback is provided within 24 hours via Smart Thinking.

For more information on these services check out this website link below.

Deakin Academic Support

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