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Mentoring: New Students

Find out everything you need to know to settle into your course in the Business School as quickly as possible.

How?

Join the Peer Mentoring Program.

New Undergraduate Student New Postgraduate Student

This FREE program is recommended for all students new to study at the University of Sydney Business School.

Past participating students said the best things about the programs were:

  • "General advice…that only an experienced student would know"
  • "Fostering new friendships amongst the mentees, which I could visibly see had a very positive impact on their feelings about uni."

Students at a mentoring event

New Undergraduate Students

How do I register?

You can register online (above), at enrolment or at Business School Orientation.

How will this program help me?

Students at a mentoring eventThe Undergraduate Peer Mentoring Program will help you to:

  • meet other new students studying in the same courses as you
  • get advice and guidance from a senior student who becomes your mentor for the first 3 weeks of semester
  • take part in free Business School-sponsored social activities with fellow students
  • build networks to support and encourage each other and share information
  • make the most of your experience of university life
  • an online forum is provided so you can stay in regular contact with others in the program

What will my mentor do?

Your mentor will be a more senior student who will help you to settle in by:

  • giving you information about all the services on campus (e.g. using your university email account, buying second-hand books, finding a place on campus to eat, using the bus service, and lots more)
  • helping you with study-related questions (e.g. information on specific classes, using the library, how to get academic assistance, etc.)
  • organising mentoring group activities and introducing you to other students
  • inviting you to social events
  • giving you general information about life in Sydney
  • providing a "sounding board" - someone you can talk to about your experiences and studies

Your mentor will not:

  • be your tutor
  • give you academic advice

What am I committing to?

To gain the most from the mentoring program you are strongly encouraged to:

  • attend the Mentoring Program Launch at Business School Orientation,
  • to meet your mentor and the other new students in your mentoring group (about 5 students per group)
  • stay in regular contact for the first 3 weeks of semester
  • meet face-to-face with your mentor and the group at least three times in the first 3 weeks of semester.

For more information, please contact the peer program coordinators.

New Postgraduate Students

How do I register?

You can register online (above), at enrolment or at Business School Orientation.

How will this program help me?

Students at a mentoring eventThe Postgraduate Peer mentoring Program aims to help you to:

  • meet other new students studying in the same courses as you
  • get advice and guidance from a senior student who becomes your mentor for the first 5 weeks of semester
  • take part in free Business School-sponsored social activities with fellow students
  • build networks to support and encourage each other and share information
  • make the most of your experience of university life
  • an online forum is provided so you can stay in regular contact with others in the program

Your group, led by one or two mentors will meet a minimum of three times during the first six weeks of semester. There are activities which will orient you to the Business School and the wider campus (e.g. Library tour, transition sessions). Each group chooses further activities to do as a group - last year one group had a weekly badminton competition.

An online forum is provided so you can stay in regular contact with others in the program.

What will my mentor do?

Your mentor is a more senior student, typically studying in the same study area as you, who will help you to settle in by:

  • giving you information about all the services on campus (e.g. using your university email account, special programs for international students, buying second-hand books, finding a place on campus to eat, using the bus service)
  • helping you with study-related questions (e.g. information on using the library, how to get academic assistance, using the Business School's online learning system Blackboard)
  • organising mentoring group activities and introducing you to other students
  • giving you general information about life in Sydney
  • providing a "sounding board" - someone you can talk to about your experiences and studies

Your mentor will not:

  • be your tutor
  • give you academic advice

What am I committing to?

To gain the most from the mentoring program you are strongly encouraged to:

  • attend the Mentoring Program Launch at Business School Orientation, to meet your mentor and the other new students in your mentoring group (about 5 students per group)
  • stay in regular contact for the first 5 weeks of semester
  • meet face-to-face with your mentor and the group at least three times in the first 5 weeks of semester

You can register online (above), at enrolment or at Business School Orientation.

For more information, please contact the peer program coordinators.

Students at a mentoring event

New Student Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the program run for?

The Undergraduate Mentoring Program runs for a total of 3 weeks from the beginning of semester. The Postgraduate Mentoring Program runs for a total of 5 weeks from the beginning of semester

How can I sign up?

There are numerous ways you can sign up for the Mentoring Program. The easiest and most common means to register is online via the buttons on either the mentoring pages:

Otherwise, you can register at enrolment or at Business School Orientation.

What does the peer mentoring program entail?

The programs are designed to assist new students to build academic and social networks so that they settle more quickly into life as a student in the Business School and therefore have a more successful, productive and positive personal and academic experience.

This is achieved by small groups of new students meeting and undertaking a range of formal and informal tasks under the support and direction of a mentor.

How many meetings will I be required to attend?

There are 3 official organised meetings with your mentor. These meetings are not compulsory. However, meetings have been found to be beneficial in building network groups to support and encourage each other and share information, meet other new students studying the same course as you and in gaining advice and guidance from a senior student.

Do social events have compulsory attendance?

No, attending social events is not compulsory.

Can my mentor help with academic based questions/course specifics?

No, your mentor can only give you advice based on their own experience on course/academic based questions/issues. Mentors are not trained to be course advisers.

Your mentor, however, will be able to give you information on using the library, how to get academic assistance, what services are available, and using the online learning system, Blackboard.

What happens if I stop attending meetings?

Meeting attendance is not compulsory. As a matter of courtesy, please advise your mentor if you wish to no longer participate in the program.

What if I can't find my mentor?

If you can't find your mentor, please email the Mentoring Program Coordinators at the appropriate address for undergraduates or postgraduates.

When will social events take place?

Social event dates and times are organised by the Mentoring Program Coordinators. Please check your University email regularly for the dates and times of social events otherwise your mentor will advise you of these dates during your regular meetings.