Getting the most out of Deakin Buddies

Deakin Buddies provides you with an opportunity to connect with your peers. There are a few things you can do to increase the chance of finding compatible buddies.

Follow our tips for getting the most out of Deakin Buddies and find out what works for you.

Writing a bio

When you’re writing your bio make sure you include what you’re hoping to get out of Deakin Buddies. You might be looking for a study partner so you can develop a better understanding of a particular subject. Perhaps you’re looking for someone who is also studying online so you can share your overall experiences and get moral support. Whatever the reason, if you include it in your bio, you’re more likely to connect with buddies who are looking for the same thing.

And don’t forget to add a few things about yourself outside of your studies. Let them know about your work, family and other commitments, your goals, aspirations and interests.

Setting search criteria

It’s important to keep an open mind when you’re setting your search criteria. Once you’ve set your first preference of either course or units, think about widening the scope of your search and seeing what other potential buddies you can find. Sometimes the Online students who aren’t studying the same course can be the most valuable buddy.

Pick your top buddies

Once you’ve read over the bios of your potential buddies, pick out the five to ten that you feel would be the most compatible. Send them a buddy request and then wait for their reply. If you haven’t heard back in a few days, move on to your next choices.

Be proactive

You need to make sure that you’re putting in effort to connect to potential buddies. If someone requests you to be their buddy, don’t wait for them to contact you, send them an email introducing yourself. When your connected buddies send you an email, always respond as quickly as you can.

Make sure you keep an eye on your inbox and keep checking your notifications. New people are joining the app every day, so make sure to keep searching for potential buddies!

Try and form a group

If you connect with multiple buddies, you might want to consider setting up a group. Working in a group is a great way to deepen your understanding of a subject or build a healthy support network.