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 2, 2017.

Bioscience Study Space

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

Full details will be posted here prior to the commencement of Semester 2, 2017.

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!

Full details will be posted here prior to the commencement of Semester 2, 2017.

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) TBC TBC
Business: Corporate Law BLO2205 support classes TBC TBC
Education Drop-in sessions TBC TBC
Engineering: Help for Engineering, Science and IT students with writing, paraphrasing, referencing, library research, mathematics, engineering and Mathlab fundamentals TBC TBC
Law & Justice: Writing Workshops for first-year Law students TBC TBC


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.