Academic and Peer Support

The Academic and Peer Support (APS) team develop and provide academic skills resources and support services to students and staff.

As part of your inclusive teaching practice, ensure students are made aware of the study support and peer mentoring available to them. Students can access all resources listed at the Study Support website.

  • UniStart – a CloudDeakin transition site for all new Deakin students. UniStart has information, tips and checklists about orientation, digital tools and study strategies.  Please note: Staff can self-register in UniStart via CloudDeakin
  • UniStart orientation workshops are accessible via the UniStart site
  • One-to-one appointments with Language and Learning Advisers. Zoom appointments only in 2020
  • Smarthinking: Online tutoring and writing feedback 24/7
  • Academic skills guides
  • Deakin trimester and assignment planners
  • Deakin guide to referencing
  • English language support
  • Higher Degree by Research study support.

Peer support

If you identify students who would benefit from improving academic or writing skills, make a point of referring them to APS services and resources as part of giving regular feedback to students on their academic progress and assignments.


Add this handy PowerPoint presentation to your Unit site and class slides as a quick guide on Where to find help at Deakin (PPTX 214KB). An alternative format is available to download here Where to find help at Deakin (DOCX 40KB). This includes links to study skills learning resources and as well support services for all aspects of student life.

Teaching support

Academic and Peer Support (APS) collaborate with Faculty teaching staff to scaffold student writing and communication skills in units and courses. The APS team can provide academic literacies development that embeds targeted support in your unit or course to assist in the development of students’ reading, writing and oral communication skills. See the Academic and Peer support blog for further information about how the team can assist you in your teaching.

Teaching academic literacies: A transition toolkit

Academic Support has a suite of customisable teaching and learning activities available to all teaching staff to assist them in integrating academic literacies into their unit or course. Resources are based on best-practice collaborations between unit teaching staff and Language and Learning Advisers (LLAs) in the embedding of academic literacies within curricula, particularly in the lead up to early written assessments.

Find out more about the Transition Toolkit 

Contact Academic and Peer Support

Corinna Ridley: Manager, Academic and Peer Support
Dr Vittoria Grossi: Team Leader, Academic Support
Dawn Jones: Team Leader, Peer Support


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