Academic language & learning support

University students are at times exposed to 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 FlindersFootscray 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).

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 (PASS)

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 Monday 3-4pm St Albans, Room 4C340
Business BAO1101 Accounting for Decision Making Wednesday 11am-12noon City Flinders, Room FS1124
Business BAO1101 Accounting for Decision Making Thursday 3-4pm Footscray Park, Building A, Room A409
Law & Justice / Business BLO1105 Business Law Thursday 11am-12noon City Flinders, Room FS1715
Law & Justice / Business BLO1105 Business Law Thursday 4pm-5pm Footscray Park, Building C, Room C410B

Bioscience Study Space

Students in RBM1103 Bioscience 1: Body Structure & Function can now drop into the Bioscience Study Space at the St Albans campus.

No appointment necessary - just drop by at any of the following times and locations: 

  • Monday 9am-10am, Room 4C327
  • Monday 12noon-1pm, Room 4C223
  • Monday 4pm-5pm, Room 4C328
  • Monday 5pm-6pm, Room 4C327
  • Tuesday 5pm-6pm, Room 4C327
  • Friday 3pm-4pm, Room 4C328.

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 feedback 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 Monday-Friday

Learning Commons (Library) P207 & P208

Footscray Nicholson Monday & Thursday
Learning Commons (LIbrary)
St Albans Wednesday-Friday
Learning Commons (Library), 720C
City Flinders Monday & Wednesday
Level 9 Foyer
City Queen Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
Learning Commons alcove ( Library), Level 2


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.

Activity Date/Time Location Contact
VE/TAFE students: Learning & Language Support Every day Monday to Friday during semester, 12noon-4.30pm. Learning Commons (Library), Level 2 Telford Building, Footscray Nicholson
VE/TAFE students: Learning & Language Support Every Monday to Wednesday during semester, 11am–3.30pm. Learning Commons (Library), Building 7, St Albans
Business of Learning (drop-in sessions for Business students) Every Wednesday and Thursday during semester, 1–3pm. Wednesday: Room G316, Footscray Park


Thursday: Level 9, Student Hub, City Flinders
Business: Corporate Law BLO2205 support classes

Tuesday 4.30–6.00pm

Wednesday 11.00am-12.30pm.

Tuesday: G368, Footscray Park

Wednesday: G467,Footscray Park
Education Drop-in sessions Every Tuesday during teaching weeks, 12noon-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 and Thursday, 11am-1pm. Area outside D450, Footscray Park
Law & Justice: Writing Workshops for first-year Law students Workshops are run 16 times each week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (check timetable for full details).

Footscray Park and City Queen, 300 Queen St, Melbourne (check   timetable for room)


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.