The Student Mentor Program aims to enrich your undergraduate student experience by linking you with a more experienced student, a Student Mentor.
How the program works
Student Mentors are trained volunteers and are committed to helping you settle into university life in two ways:
- You may just need someone to answer a few questions and show you around campus. If this is you, catch up with a Student Mentor during the Orientation to USC period. They will show you 'how things work' at USC.
- Or, you may like help to settle into your studies. If this is you, register to be matched to a student mentor from a similar program or study area. Your mentor knows how to overcome potential challenges because they have 'been there, done that'.
What a Student Mentor will do for you
For the first six weeks of semester, your Student Mentor will:
- meet with you face-to-face, send you a weekly email or communicate via USC 101
- answer general questions about the University
- put you in touch with other students from your area of study
- take you on a campus tour
- give you a better idea about how to handle university study
- provide you with information throughout the semester about the services available to students
- be a friendly face on campus
What a Student Mentor cannot do for you
A Student Mentor cannot:
- be your personal tutor
- help you with your assignments
- give you advice on course content
How do I get a Student Mentor?
Registrations re-open in January 2017.
How do I become a Student Mentor?
Select a heading to view the role description and check your eligibility.
The Volunteer Student Mentor Program aims to enrich the student experience by linking commencing students with a more experienced student from a similar program or study area. Connecting with a Student Mentor increases student’s skills required to transition to university and encourages a sense of belonging in the University community.
Student Mentors volunteer their services during Orientation. In addition, commencing students have the opportunity to register for a Student Mentor relevant to their Program of Study or Discipline - this assistance covers the first six weeks of semester.
- Duties / specific responsibilities
- Attend compulsory Student Mentor training
- Volunteer as a Welcome Week Host for orientation activities
- Provide mentees with information about student services to assist transition to university life
- Assist mentees to be engaged and successful learners (sharing study tips, time management skills etc)
- Offer mentees social support through face-to-face meetings
- Maintain regular email contact, responding to mentee's requests in a timely manner
- Exercise good judgement as a positive role model and an ambassador for the University of the Sunshine Coast
- Current USC student
- Completion of one semester's study at USC
- Sound academic record with a Credit average (GPA 5) or above
- Pass (PS) grade or higher for all courses in the preceding study period (the exception is where a student has withdrawn from a course e.g. WF, WN)
- Regular attendance at lectures and tutorials
- Ability to nominate a USC academic staff member as a referee in support of their application
- Time commitment
- 2-3 hours during Orientation to USC
- Approximately 1 hour per week until the end of Week 6
- Certificate of appreciation for participating in the program
- Professional development opportunities
- Invitation to attend the end of program celebration
- Volunteer hours recorded towards the University's Leadership Program
- Intrinsic sense of achievement that you have assisted commencing students by sharing your experiences
Complete the Student Mentor Program Application Form.
Contact Julie Hobbins.