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:
Mentors are not intended to replace the academic advice, tutoring or assistance with your course material provided by your faculty or school.
If you are a current student and are interested in becoming a mentor, find out more and 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 Faculty Welcome Week, the week before classes begin each semester.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) offers an exciting Undergraduate Welcome Program each semester, tailored to support your start and transition into the Faculty and broader university community.
You are welcome to join if you are:
Join Faculty Undergraduate Welcome Program to:
The FASS Undergraduate Welcome begins on Faculty Welcome Day during Welcome Week.
Depending on your degree and area of study, your Faculty Welcome Day is Tuesday 13 February or Wednesday 14 February 2024.
Whether you're joining us straight from your undergraduate studies, or after some time away from the university environment, the Postgraduate Mentoring Program will help you prepare for academic, professional and personal success during your first semester as a postgraduate Arts and Social Sciences student.
You’ll be supported by a senior Student Mentor in your area of study, starting from Faculty Welcome Day.
This program offers the opportunity to:
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the program, email us at email@example.com.
The Business School Peer Mentoring Program runs for the first eight weeks of semester. You’ll attend events during Faculty Welcome Week, the week before classes begin each semester, 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 Welcome Day. We will email you once you enrol with details of when and where you need to register.
If you don’t register for a mentor during Faculty Welcome 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Faculty Welcome Week. During Faculty Welcome Week, mentors can be identified by their yellow ‘duck squad’ t-shirts.
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:
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.
The ENGO Peer Mentoring Program begins during Faculty Welcome Week, the week before classes begin each semester, where you will meet your mentor and group, participate in activities, and have lunch together. The program continues for the first eight weeks of the semester and you will attend social events, workshops and continue to receive informal mentoring.
You can email email@example.com to find out more about joining the mentor program.
Belong@FHS is the peer mentoring program for students studying an undergraduate coursework degree within the Sydney School of Health Sciences. You will be placed in a group with two mentors and six to eight students.
The program starts during Faculty Welcome Week, the week before classes begin, where you will meet your mentors and group, learn about your degree, participate in activities and have lunch. It continues for the first six weeks of Semester 1 and includes informal mentoring, workshops and social events. Refer to the Belong@FHS Cumberland program (pdf, 45KB) 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'll be able to 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 Faculty Welcome Week, the week before classes begin, and runs for the first few weeks of Semester 1. In the program you will be matched with a mentor and a group of five to 10 students. You will learn about your course and the Law School and participate in group activities. The first meeting takes place on Faculty Welcome Day at the Law School.
All enrolled students will be given the opportunity to participate in mentoring during the Welcome Program. You will not need to pre-register.
For more information, contact the Professional Law Programs Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
The Sydney Nursing School Peer Mentoring Program aims to create a sense of belonging for new students within a learning community. The program is designed to assist new students to build social and academic networks at Sydney Nursing School so they can settle quickly into life as a student.
The program helps new students 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 activities over the first five weeks of their first semester under the support and direction of a mentor.
As mentees, you will meet some of your mentors at Faculty Welcome Day and keep in touch with them over the first five weeks of the program.
If you're interested in signing up as a mentee, please email Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Science Undergraduate Peer Mentoring Program aims to help commencing students transition to university life through building meaningful relationships with peers and senior science students in their first year at University. The program involves Mentors (senior students) who form mentoring groups to support and guide mentees (first year students) through their first semester or year of studying Science and attending University.
A month before each semester applications open for both mentees and mentors to join the program. There is then a short training process for mentors to equip them with the skills needed to support mentees. Mentoring groups are formed based on shared study, gender identification, Dalyell or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status and interests. Mentoring groups are then invited to a Welcome event during Faculty Welcome Week, the week before classes begin each semester, and are expected to meet up regularly with their groups, following the schedule set by the program coordinator.
Participants continue to report feelings of great satisfaction and regularly share their positive learning experiences with the Faculty that this is an engaging, rewarding and meaningful program to participate in.
For more information please contact the Student Support Officer at science.student‑email@example.com.