The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is here to help make your transition to university easy and enjoyable. By participating in the program, you will get personalised advice on uni life, meet students from your course and connect with a variety of opportunities.
How does it work?
If you are a new undergraduate student at the University in 2020, you will be matched with a peer mentor from the same faculty before Orientation, as well as a group of your first year peers. You will receive an invitation to download the my.uniLife app, information about your peer mentor and group and details on where you will first meet once you accept your offer.
What will I get out of the program?
Having a peer mentor and group will help you get the most out of your first year as you will:
- Get personalised advice on uni life through regular sessions with your peer group.
- Build social connections with students from the same faculty.
- Learn to navigate university, its programs and co-curricular activities.
When is my first mentoring session?
You will have your first mentoring session with your peer mentor and group on the day of your faculty’s Commencement Ceremony during Orientation. The details of your first session will be different depending on what course you will be studying.
How often do I meet with my peer mentor and group?
There will be three mentoring sessions throughout Semester 1 and one mentoring session in Semester 2 that you will need to attend after Orientation.
These sessions will be organised by your peer mentor and you will be notified of your scheduled sessions via your student email and the my.uniLife app.
To get started on your journey with your peer mentor and group, you will need to:
- Download the my.uniLife app to see your assigned peer mentor and to find out about your scheduled mentoring sessions.
- Attend your Commencement Ceremony and meet your peer mentor and group on the same day whilst participating in a fun activity.
- Chat with your peer mentor and group through the my.uniLife app.
- Attend all your mentoring sessions so you can get assistance throughout first year.
Who are the peer mentors?
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Frequently asked questions
How are peer mentors and new undergraduate students matched?
Peer mentors and new undergraduate students are matched based on their faculty. For example, if you are a first year student studying the Bachelor of Commerce, you will have a peer mentor from the Faculty of Business and Economics.
How long will I have a peer mentor for?
The official Melbourne Peer Mentor Program commences during Orientation in Semester 1, 2020. You will have a peer mentor throughout the program until the last session which is happening early in Semester 2, 2020.
How can I contact my peer mentor?
You can contact your peer mentor and peer group via the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app.
How, when and where will I meet my peer mentor and group?
The details of all your mentoring sessions will be provided in the my.uniLife app. To access this in the app, click the ‘Peer Mentoring’ page and select the ‘Your Group’ section.
What if I am unable to attend the first mentoring session?
We strongly encourage you to attend all your mentoring sessions where possible. However, if you are unable to attend the first session, please notify your peer mentor via the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app. You can also review the date, time and location of your next session in the app.
What happens if I am late to my first mentoring session?
If you are running late to your first mentoring session, you should contact your peer group through the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app. Once contacting them, you can try to find where exactly they are meeting so you can join them.
If you are unable to contact or locate your group, you can also go to the meeting point as you will be able to meet other late students and the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program team.
Can I stay in touch with my peer mentor after the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program finishes?
Peer mentors are under no obligation to continue mentoring after the final session. Any contact beyond that point is outside the scope of the program and at the discretion of the peer mentor.
What if I experience problems with my peer mentor?
If you encounter any issues or concerns, the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program team will be able to support you. Please contact the team via the my.uniLife app.
I am a new undergraduate student, is it compulsory for me to participate in the program?
We strongly encourage you to attend your mentoring sessions with your allocated peer mentor. It is an opportunity to make friends from the same faculty, find out more about university life and get just-in-time information about key services and resources to help you make the most out of your first year.
Can I become a peer mentor?
We will be recruiting for all faculties before the start of Semester 2, 2020. Check our ‘Apply to become a peer mentor’ web page monthly for further recruitment updates.
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Why did you choose to study your course? I chose to study the Bachelor of Arts because I loved humanities in high school and I wanted to continue that passion at university.
What did you enjoy most about first year? I enjoyed making new friends in my first year.
What did you do to make friends at university? I made friends in university by approaching people during Orientation and introducing myself.
What is your top study tip? My top study tip would be to start your assignments ASAP. The earlier the better!
What is something that you would like to do before graduating? I would really love to study overseas at some point before I graduate.
What are some of your favourite hobbies? Aside from sleeping, my favourite hobbies include cooking, knitting and calligraphy.
Why did you choose to study your course? I chose to study the Bachelor of Science because I am fascinated by using technology to help contribute to making living easier for people.
What did you enjoy most about first year? The aspect I will remember most about first year is that it is a good taster of how much determination we will gather up during the stressful periods of life.
What did you do to make friends at university? Being genuinely interested in people is a good way to start to make friends.
What is your top study tip? It would be to apply lecture theories. Practice answering questions!
What is something that you would like to do before graduating? I would like to start a Cambodian club.
What are some of your favourite hobbies? Some hobbies I like are playing FIFA, learning new things, reading, travelling, and binge-watching Netflix.
Why did you choose to study your course? I chose the Bachelor of Arts because it offers a great range of language subjects that I am always interested in learning more about.
What did you enjoy most about first year? I enjoyed volunteering with UMSU's Welfare department. I loved making pancakes for students at the Breakfast BBQ.
What did you do to make friends at university? Attending subject tutorials and seminars was a great opportunity for me to make many friends who study the same subjects as me.
What is your top study tip? Attending study and learning drop-ins or book an individual Academic Skills appointment when you need some help with your studies.
What is something that you would like to do before graduating? Get a part-time job at the university.
What are some of your favourite hobbies? Cooking, playing with my dog and swimming.
Why did you choose to study your course? During high school I was always fascinated by physics, mathematics and chemistry, so even while being unsure about my eventual career path, the Bachelor of Science seemed the most reasonable choice.
What did you enjoy most about first year? I think university level mathematics was incredible because it provided me a refreshing new perspective on my prior knowledge because of our inspiring and humorous lecturers.
What did you do to make friends at university? I found going to events by course related clubs (such as the Physics Student Society) helpful in making friends in my own study area, but just attending University as much as possible like going to lectures and tutorials was helpful too.
What is your top study tip? My top study tip would be to use a digital or physical calendar to track important deadlines so that you can predict when during the semester you will be busiest and plan accordingly.
What is something that you would like to do before graduating? I would like to do an industry placement or take up an undergraduate research position so that I can get a sense of how the skills I developed over my degree are used in my future career path in academia or industry.