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Peer mentoring programs

Peer mentoring programs are available to help develop a supportive and effective learning community at the University. Mentoring gives new students the opportunity to meet peers and build networks, learn about student life and settle in to the University.

Many faculties and schools run peer mentoring programs at the start of semester. New undergraduate or postgraduate students are matched with a mentor in small groups.

Mentors are senior students within the faculty or school who can assist you to settle into university life. This may include:

  • providing support and advice
  • sharing knowledge and their experiences
  • familiarising you with your faculty and University services
  • providing general information about your course
  • answering orientation and transition questions
  • organising mentoring sessions or group activities to help you build networks.

Mentors are not intended to replace the academic advice, tutoring or assistance with your course material provided by your faculty.

If you are a current student and are interested in becoming a mentor, find out more and register.

Programs and how to register

If you are a new student at the University, you may be able to register for a peer mentoring program run by your faculty or school at the start of your first year of study. Registration often takes place during Orientation Week at the beginning of each semester.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Mentoring Program starts on Welcome Day during Orientation Week. This is where you meet your mentor and group, have morning tea and lunch, find out about the faculty and tour the campus. You will keep in touch over the first few weeks of semester to share information.

Registration opens the day after you have enrolled, and you can register for the program online.

Once you have registered, check your email as we will send details on where and when to meet during Welcome Day. You can like us on Facebook to keep up to date with activities and also find out about some of the mentors.

If you have any other questions about the program, email us at fass.studentprograms@sydney.edu.au.

25+ Mentoring Program

The 25+ Mentoring Program is a specialised option for non-school leaver students who are generally 25 years or older. It is up to you whether you opt in to the program. If you are younger and have not come straight from school, you can still join if you feel you would benefit.

You will be matched with a mentor and other students in a similar age group. Usually there will be a different Welcome Day activity to focus on the needs of students who have not come straight from high school.  

Registration opens the day after you have enrolled, and you can register for the program online.

Email us at fass.studentprograms@sydney.edu.au if you have any questions about the program.

The Business School Peer Mentoring Program runs between Week 1 and Week 8 of semester. You’ll attend events during Orientation Week, and meet with your group two or three more times during your first weeks at university.

You can register for a mentor during the Business School’s Orientation Day. We will email you once you enrol with details of when and where you need to register.

  • Undergraduate students – Tuesday 25 July 2017
  • Postgraduate students – Wednesday 26 July 2017

If you don’t register for a mentor during Orientation Week, you will have the opportunity to register in Week 1 of semester. We will email you at your University student email account with information on late registration.

If you need more information, contact us at business.mentoring@sydney.edu.au.

If you are a current student and interested in becoming a mentor, find out more about what's required and how to register. 

Mentoring follows a structured workshop schedule to help you understand the academic demands of university. Information on the program will be available at Orientation Week. During orientation, mentors can be identified by their yellow ‘duck squad’ t-shirts.

Mentoring activities

Reflective journal

As part of your mentoring activities, you will be encouraged to keep a reflective journal starting from the first week of lectures. This introduces you to the practice of critical reflection about teaching and learning, a significant element of your professional preparation and practice. Your journal combines written reflections with other forms of expression, such as visual images, and involves:

  • reflecting on your own experiences as well as those of a previous generation, enabling you to connect with, and consider, the evolution of teaching and learning
  • developing a critical approach to the education-research literature
  • using multiple sources for reflection
  • practising writing skills
  • reflecting on the experiences that led to your decision to become a teacher or social worker.
Type of journal entries
  • Personal school experiences – this could include your thoughts about yourself as a learner; the nature of teaching (the best and worst attributes of your various teachers and their impact on your learning); or other significant aspects of your schooling, for example, what was valued by your school (sport, music or academic achievement) and how this was demonstrated.
  • The school experiences of someone of another generation – the memories of, for example, your parents, older friends or grandparents. Be guided by the reflection of the person you have chosen and comment on the differences between their experiences and your own.
  • Popular culture – select a movie or television series and discuss how teaching, learning, students or teachers are portrayed. Comment critically on this portrayal, referring to your own experiences and the experiences of others.
  • Newspaper articles – summarise print-media coverage of a contemporary education issue and comment critically about the articles by referring to lectures, tutorials, workshops or readings.

Poster competition

A poster competition is the final reflective activity for the year. It is a cooperative activity with contribution from everyone in your workshop group. The competition is judged at the end of Semester 2.

Belong@FHS is the peer mentoring program for students studying an undergraduate coursework degree within the Faculty of Health Sciences. You will be placed in a group with two mentors and six to eight students.

The program starts during Orientation Week where you will meet your mentors and group, learn about your degree, participate in activities and have lunch. It continues through Semester 1 and includes informal mentoring, workshops and social events. Refer to the Belong@FHS Cumberland program (pdf, 57KB) or the Belong@FHS Camperdown program (pdf, 148KB) for more information.

Before you register, you should be aware of the Belong@FHS Code of Conduct for mentees (pdf, 60KB). This outlines the expectations of you while part of the program.

Once you've enrolled, you can register for the program online:

After you have registered, we will allocate you to a group with other students in your degree. If you would like to be placed in the same group as a friend, you can create a unique passcode and each include this in your registration.

The Sydney Law School Peer Mentoring Program starts during Orientation week where you are matched with a mentor and group of five to 10 other students. Through the program you will learn about your course and the Law School and participate in group activities, the first either during Orientation or the Tug-of-War in Week 1.

To be part of the mentor program you can sign up using the registration survey links below. You’ll be invited to join a mentoring group, go on a Law School tour and have your first session with your mentor.

If you miss the Orientation Session, you can register for the mentoring program at the Tug-of-War in Week 1. Mentors will be present at the event, and will be wearing a blue shirt with ‘Law Mentor’ printed on the back.

LLB Combined Law students

You can complete the online registration survey before orientation.

  • Session 1 – Wednesday 1 March 2017 (morning).
  • Session 2 – Interfaculty Tug-of-War Challenge, Week 1 (date to be confirmed).

JD full-time students

You can register at the Orientation lecture on Monday, 20 February 2017. 

  • Session 1 – Monday 20 February 2017 (following the Orientation session).
  • Session 2 – Interfaculty Tug-of-War Challenge, Week 1 (date to be confirmed).

JD part-time students

You can complete the online registration survey before orientation.

  • Session 1 – 5–8pm, Wednesday 1 March 2017.

For more information, contact the Mentoring Program Coordinator at law.mentor@sydney.edu.au.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music runs a Student Support Network Mentoring Program where each new student is matched to a student mentor in groups of five of six students. Where possible, you will be matched with a mentor in the same degree and area of principal study.

If you need more information about the program, email Dr Christopher Coady at christopher.coady@sydney.edu.au.

The Sydney Nursing School runs a mentoring program for commencing students. Information on the program will be provided at Orientation Day.

The Science Student Transition Program aims to help you transition to university life. The program involves the Science Student Transition Workshop held in O-week, and Science Link-up and Mentoring (SLAM) lunches, which start after you begin your studies. 

During the Transition Workshop, senior students will be available to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Here you will also get to meet tutors and demonstrators, research staff and lots of other students doing the same courses as you. 

During your first weeks of university, SLAM lunches will give you the opportunity to meet with knowledgeable student mentors. You will be placed in a group of two mentors and six to 10 other students. The lunches are a social way to learn about university, talk to senior students about all things student-related, get useful and reliable information and meet other first-year students outside of class.

Once you've enrolled you can register for the program online. We will then allocate you to a group with other students in your course.

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