Academic language & learning support

University students are at times exposed to quite unique language and learning challenges.

To help you overcome these, we have a range of support options available, including one-to-one consultations with an academic support lecturer or peer mentor, in-class support and lunchtime workshops and drop-in sessions.

Workshops & study groups

Academic support lecturers offer a range of workshops, classes and study sessions throughout the year to help you in your studies in a group environment. Unless stated, no registrations are necessary.

Lunchtime workshops

Lunchtime Assignment Skills workshops (open to all students) are run each semester from weeks 2 to 12, 1-1:45pm most days, in the Learning Commons / Library at City Flinders, Footscray Park and St Albans campuses.

They cover a range of topics, including:

  • understanding your assignment topic
  • putting it into your own words
  • getting into databases
  • grammar tips
  • structuring your writing
  • referencing
  • exam success tips.

Download the Semester 1 2017 timetable (City Flinders, Footscray Park and St Albans campuses).

Drop-in sessions in the Library/Learning Commons

Drop-in sessions are there when you need them - no bookings necessary. They're available for individual or small group assistance.

College Activity Date/time Location
All VE/TAFE students Language & learning support Every Wednesday during semester, 1-3pm Learning Commons (next to Library), Level 2 Telford Building, Footscray Nicholson
All VE/TAFE students Language & learning support Every Thursday during semester, 12 noon-2pm Learning Commons, Building 7, St Albans
Business Business of Learning (drop-in sessions) Every Wednesday during semester, 1-3pm Room G316, Footscray Park
Business Business of Learning (drop-in sessions) Every Thursday during semester, 1-3pm Level 9, Student Hub
City Flinders
Education Drop-in sessions Every Tuesday during teaching weeks, 12-1pm Level 1, Building P, indoors near Reading Room Cafe, Footscray Park
Engineering

Help for Engineering, Science and IT students with writing, paraphrasing, referencing, library research, mathematics, engineering and Mathlab fundamentals

Every Monday & Thursday, 11am-1pm Area outside D450, Footscray Park
Law & Justice Corporate Law BLO2205 support classes Tuesdays 4.30-6.00pm G368, Footscray Park
Law & Justice Corporate Law BLO2205 support classes Wednesday 11.00am-12.30pm G467, Footscray Park
Law & Justice Writing Workshops for first year Law Workshops are run six times each week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (view timetable for full details) Footscray Park and City Queen, 300 Queen St, Melbourne (check timetable for room)

Student peer mentoring

The Student Mentors who run our student peer mentoring programs are all currently enrolled as students in courses at Victoria University. They are selected for their academic achievements as well as their desire to contribute to the VU community by running academic support sessions for students like you.

While the sessions themselves are student-only spaces, student mentors are trained by an experienced team of academic support lecturers.

Unit-specific Student Mentor support

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are led by students who have previously achieved high grades in the subjects they support. Over the decade that VU has been running them, hundreds of students have improved their grades and increased their friendship circles by attending these sessions. PASS sessions are run weekly throughout semester, commencing in Week 2. Full details will be posted here prior to the commencement of Semester 1, 2017.

College Unit Date/time Location
Health & Biomedicine RBM1518 Human Physiology 1 Mon 3-4pm St Albans, Room 4C340
Business BAO1101 Accounting for Decision Making Wed 11am-12pm City Flinders, Room FS1124
Business BAO1101 Accounting for Decision Making Thur 3-4pm Footscray Park, Building A, Room A409
Law & Justice / Business BLO1105 Business Law Thur 11am City Flinders, Room FS926
Law & Justice / Business BLO1105 Business Law Thur 4pm Footscray Park, Building A, Room A432

Student Writing Mentors

Student Writing Mentors are on hand in Writing Spaces across five campuses (Footscray Park, St Albans, City Flinders, City Queen and Footscray Nicholson) to help you develop your writing skills.

They can help you with:

  • planning an essay or report
  • interpreting specific essay questions
  • reading over and providing feeback on sections of your work.

Mentors are here to talk to you about your writing and help you clarify your thoughts and intentions, so please visit them early in the writing process. For best results, see us throughout semester, not just when an assignment is due!

Campus Time Location
Footscray Park Mon-Fri
1-4pm
  • Learning Commons open space
  • P2017
  • P208
Footscray Nicholson Mon & Thurs
12-3pm
Learning Commons open space
St Albans Thurs & Fri
2-5pm
Learning Commons STA 720C
City Flinders Weds-Fri
2-5pm
Level 9 Foyer
City Queen Tues-Thurs
2-5pm
Learning Commons alcove, Level 2

 

The Student Writing Mentors will be available to assist students across five campuses: Footscray Park, St Albans, City Flinders, City Queen and St Albans. Full details will be posted here prior to the commencement of Semester 1, 2017.

One-to-one support: Meet with an Academic Support lecturer

For personalised support, one-to-one consultations are available to help you with your studies.

They won't do the work for you, but can answer questions and help improve your skills. Find out more and book your session online.

Contact us

For more information on the range of academic support services available, or if you have any other questions, please contact our team.

Our office is located on Level 3, Building M, Footscray Park campus.