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 student support and engagement opportunities.
How does it work?
If you are a new undergraduate student starting at the University in 2020, you will be matched with a peer mentor from the same course, 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 about your first session once you accept your offer.
What will I get out of the program?
With our recent transition to online and remote learning, the program is ideal for encouraging social connectivity and promoting a sense of belonging within the University community.
Having a peer mentor and group will help you get the most out of your first year as you will:
- Foster connectedness and togetherness in a time of social isolation. We know this is an unusual way to start university, but we’re all in it together!
- Learn helpful tips and tricks from your peer mentor about studying and getting involved at the University, even when you can’t be together on campus.
- Have a great first-year experience with your group, even from afar.
- Build friendships with your cohort and share your experiences to contribute to the development of others.
- Increase your personal skillset to compliment your academic studies.
When is my first mentoring session?
How often do I meet with my peer mentor and group?
There will be four mentoring sessions throughout your first semester and one mentoring session in your second semester that you will need to attend.
These sessions will be scheduled based on your University timetable and you will be notified of your scheduled sessions via the my.uniLife app.
These sessions are themed around key stages of your journey through your first semester. They will cover topics such as transitioning to university, your wellbeing, assessments and what the University has to offer!
How do I get involved?
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.
- Introduce yourself and chat with your peer mentor and group through the my.uniLife app. Watch a video of the process.
- Download Zoom so you're ready for your online mentoring sessions. Have any questions ready so you can get the most out of your sessions.
- Attend all your mentoring sessions so you can get assistance throughout first year.
- Have fun! Make the most out of your sessions to meet new friends, learn about life at University and get involved in exciting programs and events to ensure your student experience is one to remember!
Meet some of our peer mentors!
Click a picture to find out a little more about one of our many peer mentors.
Frequently asked questions
How are peer mentors and new undergraduate students matched?
Peer mentors and new undergraduate students are matched based on their course. For example, if you are a first-year student studying the Bachelor of Commerce, you will have a peer mentor who has undertaken that course at the University of Melbourne.
How long will I have a peer mentor for?
The Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program runs across both semesters in your first year of study. You will be matched with your mentor around the start of your first semester. You will meet several times during your first semester and once during your second semester to mark the end of the program.
How can I contact my peer mentor?
You can contact your peer mentor and 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. If the scheduled time of your mentoring session conflicts with your timeline, you can contact your faculty Student Life team to assist you to ensure you don’t miss out!
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 mentor and group through the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app. You can then join the virtual session when you are able to.
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, you are encouraged to contact your friendly faculty Student Life team, as they are always happy to help! 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?
It is expected that all students attend all of their sessions to the best of their ability. We understand sometimes life can get busy and your Student Life team is always available to assist and can help find an alternative time and date to make sure you don't miss out.
How do I become a peer mentor?
We will be recruiting for all faculties before the start of each semester. Check our ‘Apply to become a peer mentor’ page monthly for further recruitment updates.
What do the COVID-19 physical distancing policies mean for the program? Will the program continue while students are not on campus?
Yes, this program will continue. However, the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program has now moved entirely online. Your peer mentor will create Zoom meetings for each session, the details of which they will circulate in the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app. The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is an important way to stay connected during social isolation and will provide you with invaluable strategies and tips for success as you commence your studies.
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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.