The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is a key step in your transition to the University of Melbourne, and will help make the process easy and enjoyable for you. By participating in the program, you will meet new friends, build your network, get personalised advice on uni life and learn how to connect with support and enrichment opportunities at the University.
How does it work?
If you are a new undergraduate student starting a new course at the University in 2021, you are automatically part of the program! In the first few weeks of the semester, you will be matched with a peer mentor and a group of first-year peers from your course. You will meet with this group throughout your first two semesters of study.
Shortly after you accept your offer, you will receive further information about the program, including details of your first group meeting.
What will I get out of the program?
The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is designed to encourage social connectivity and promote 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:
- Meet fellow students and build on your University experiences together.
- Learn helpful tips and tricks from your peer mentor about studying and getting involved at the University.
- Share fun and memorable experiences with your group members.
- Build friendships with your cohort and share your experiences to contribute to the development of others.
- Learn new skills to complement your academic studies.
When is my first mentoring session?
You will meet with your group for the first time during Orientation week. Details of this meeting will become available just before Orientation in the my.unimelb Peer mentoring page, and will also be communicated to you via email. You can access the Peer mentoring page here.
How often do I meet with my peer mentor and group?
You will meet with your mentor and group multiple times throughout your first semester of study, and once again in your second semester. Together, you will explore sessions themed around key stages of your uni journey, including transitioning to university, your wellbeing, and assessments and exams. You’ll also share a range of fun experiences with your group, and together make the most of everything that the University of Melbourne has to offer.
Where can I find my meeting schedule?
Your meeting schedule will appear in MyTimetable alongside your subjects. To create a schedule that fits around your classes:
- Log into MyTimetable
- Find the Peer Mentoring subject MPMP00101 under the Enrolment section
- Select your preferred meeting days and times during the preference entry period. For detailed instructions, visit the preference entry page.
- If you miss the preference entry deadline, you will be allocated into a mentor group that fits in with your class schedule. You will be notified via email when this happens.
If the time of your mentoring session conflicts with your schedule, please contact your faculty's Student Life team by submitting an enquiry via the my.unimelb Peer mentoring page.
You may notice that the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program also appears in your Study Plan. This is just a way for mentor meetings to be scheduled in MyTimetable. The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is not a subject – but a fantastic opportunity for you to connect with your peers as part of your University experience.
Meet some of our peer mentors!
Click a picture to find out a little more about one of our many peer mentors.
How do I get involved?
To get started on your journey with your peer mentor and group, you will need to:
- Log into my.unimelb and navigate to the Peer mentoring page 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 on the 'My Group' tab. You’ll be notified when you’ve been matched with a group.
- If you’re not studying in Melbourne, 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!
- Submit your preferences for MPMP00101 in MyTimetable to ensure you are able to meet at times that work best for you.
- 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!
Frequently asked questions
How are peer mentors and new undergraduate students matched?
Peer mentors and new undergraduate students are matched based on their course of study. 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 and will be able to share their experiences with your group.
How long will I have a peer mentor for?
The Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program runs across your first two semesters of study in your course. You will meet several times during your first semester and once during your second semester to share experiences and learn about topics relevant to your uni journey.
How can I contact my peer mentor?
You can contact your peer mentor and group via the ‘Chatter’ function on the Peer mentoring 'My Group' section of my.unimelb.
How, when and where will I meet my peer mentor and group?
The details of all your mentoring sessions will be provided in the peer mentoring 'My Group' page in my.unimelb. To access this and check for your mentoring session details, log into my.unimelb, navigate to 'Advising and Mentoring' in the menu, then select 'Peer mentoring' from the dropdown options. Select 'My Group' to view all your current group details and chat with other group members.
Remember, your first meeting will take place during Orientation, and details will appear in the 'Peer mentoring' section in the week prior. If you're not studying in Melbourne, your group meetings will take place over Zoom.
What if I am unable to attend one of my mentoring sessions?
We strongly encourage you to attend all your mentoring sessions where possible. However, if you are unable to attend a session, or are running late, please notify your peer mentor via the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.unimelb Peer mentoring page.
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?
In the unlikely event that you encounter any issues or have any concerns, please contact your faculty Student Life team via the enquiry link on your peer mentoring 'My Group' page in my.unimelb.
I am a new undergraduate student. Is it compulsory for me to participate in the program?
Students have been telling us that they want to find ways to connect with others and learn from a student who has done this before them. The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is a great way for you to connect and the Program has been set up with students in mind. Your participation is expected and we hope you make the most of this opportunity!
How do I become a peer mentor?
Peer Mentors are recruited twice a year before the start of each semester. Check our ‘Apply to become a peer mentor’ page monthly for further recruitment updates.
What does COVID-19 mean for the program? Will the program be available to students who are not on campus?
In Semester 1, 2022, the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program will be run both on-campus and online to ensure that no one misses out. If you are in Melbourne and attending classes on campus, you will be matched with a mentor and other students who are also attending in person, and will meet your group on campus. If you are not in Melbourne and studying online, you will be matched with other students and will have your meetings via Zoom. Either way, you will be matched with a group of fellow new students, and a mentor who is committed to ensuring a great experience.
Who can I contact if I have further questions?
For further questions, please submit an enquiry via the link on your peer mentoring 'My Group' page in my.unimelb.
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.