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 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
- 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.
|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
|Education||Drop-in sessions||Every Tuesday during teaching weeks, 12-1pm||Level 1, Building P, indoors near Reading Room Cafe, Footscray Park|
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.
|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!
|Footscray Nicholson||Mon & Thurs
|Learning Commons open space|
|St Albans||Thurs & Fri
|Learning Commons STA 720C|
|Level 9 Foyer|
|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.
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.