Why you need to get involved in mentoring

You might think it’s kind of a no-brainer: surround yourself with positive influences and you’ll give yourself the best chance at success.

But having someone around who has already been through exactly what you’re going through now – someone who can help you learn from their successes and mistakes – that is next-level positivity.

Find out what all the fuss is about with student mentoring on campus now, and the many ways you can benefit.

Why use a Student Mentor?

  1. In a supportive environment, you’ll connect with someone who was recently in your position, and who understands what you’re going through as a student.
  2. You’ll gain confidence with exams and assignments, research and study tips.
  3. Your mentor will be aware of other academic and personal support services, and can refer you to them if necessary.

Third-year Bachelor of Business student Nemanja Cvetkovic recently spent time with a student mentor at the City Flinders Learning Hub. Nemanja required help understanding elements of statistical theory for an assignment. He had this to say about his experience with mentor Cheshna Boolaky:

“Cheshna helped me tremendously and enabled me to reach my potential in getting my highest grade. She was patient and knowledgeable, and we worked on the key concepts by focusing on similar examples of the questions. She also gave me the confidence to continue to work on my own.”

Mentor Cheshna recalled the experience:

“Having completed the unit, I was able to help Neman understand the concepts so that he could continue his assignment on his own. As a mentor it is a pleasure for me to provide guidance and motivate students to achieve good grades.”

Why become a Student Mentor?

  1. You’ll earn a part-time wage while you’re studying.
  2. You’ll gain leadership skills and confidence that employers will love.
  3. It’s a great way to give back to the community and your fellow students.

You’ll also receive ongoing training and development to ensure you’re confident and consistent in your service. You don’t need to have any prior teaching or tutoring experience – you’re not here to teach, instruct or counsel – you just need to model your own academic achievement using great communication skills.

Bachelor of Biomedicine student and mentor Jan Bjelic says:

“I enjoy being able to help stressed and nervous students by providing advice, showing simple and helpful tips and tricks – which I wish I knew when I was first starting university.”

Want to get involved?

Find out more about mentoring at VU.

Email the Centre for Student Success: [email protected]