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Which mentoring program is right for you?

July 30, 2020

Students Helping Students

University can be challenging, and no one understands students better than students. Experienced Deakin students are trained to help, whether you want academic, practical or social support.

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No one knows what it’s like to be a student better than students do. This is one of the reasons that peer mentoring – when one trained and experienced student helps another student – is such an important part of Deakin. At Deakin, the peer mentoring programs are collectively referred to as Students Helping Students. 

If you’ve ever received help from a peer mentor, you’ll know how important these programs and relationships can be. A peer mentor may mean the difference between you passing and failing a subject, getting through a rough patch, or simply navigating something new and different that you’ve encountered at uni.

If you haven’t met with a peer mentor at Deakin yet, it might be difficult to know how a mentoring program can help you and which one is suitable for your needs.

Here are some common reasons why you might want help from a peer mentor. 

  • I’m a new student this trimester and I want to learn about how to make a great start at university. If you’re a new student, contact a faculty mentor or, if you’re a Cloud Campus student, contact your Success Coach (If you haven’t heard from your Success Coach yet, email success-coaches@deakin.edu.au). 
  • I want to talk to someone about a subject I’m doing – I’m struggling to understand the content and my first assignment is looming! For help with a specific unit of study, join a PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) group led by a student who has previously completed the unit with high marks. During this study period, all PASS sessions will begin in Week 4 and take place online. You can check to see if your unit has PASS sessions now by accessing the T2 PASS timetable.
  • I don’t understand how to reference my assignment. Writing Mentors are all-rounders who can help you with unpacking assignment questions, researching, academic writing, referencing and time management. You can drop in at specified times for online Writing Mentors sessions this trimester.
  • I’m studying maths/science and I want to chat to someone about equations. Maths Mentors will help you build your confidence to complete maths assignments and can refer you to helpful resources that will strengthen your skills. Attend an online Maths Mentors drop-in session this trimester.

Visit the Current Students website for more information about Deakin’s Students Helping Students programs.


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