Macquarie University Mentors

Macquarie University Mentors

Starting university can be nerve-racking, exciting and challenging. Macquarie University Mentors is a peer support program to assist the transition of first-year students into Macquarie University. For over 20 years, we have supported students adapt to maze of university life, focusing on the social, academic, geographic and administrative adjustments students encounter.

Our Mentors are highly trained student volunteers who assist new students from all backgrounds; high school, TAFE, the workforce, and other pathways. Mentors provide a friendly face for new students when they first arrive on campus, assist students establish networks, and help explore opportunities inside and outside the classroom.

What do Mentors do?

Macquarie University Mentors create a safe and supportive environment where new students can adjust to Macquarie life at their own pace.

A Mentor can help new students:

  • Navigate through information, processes and systems, both in person and online
  • Establish new groups of peers within the program at social events and in the wider university community at Orientation
  • Be informed and understand the services on offer
  • Experience belonging to the Macquarie community

Your Macquarie University Mentor can connect you with appropriate student support services but they cannot:

  • Provide official academic, counselling or financial advice
  • Act as a tutor

Find a Mentor

Why Select a Mentor?

Mentors play an important role in supporting students in their transition to university. New students involved in our program academically surpass those who do not have a Macquarie University Mentor in a positive enabling environment to achieve their goals (Aug. 2018).

Having a Mentor enables you to:

  • Explore and become an expert in your new physical and online learning spaces
  • Be informed and understand how to use student support services and facilities offered at Macquarie
  • Connect meaningfully with students and staff
  • Feel connected to the Macquarie community

Select your Mentor

Our Mentor Selector is currently closed. You will be able to select your Mentor nearing Orientation Week

Become a Mentor

Who can become a Mentor?

To become a Mentor, you must:

  • Have studied at Macquarie for at least one session (or two terms if studying at MUIC)
  • Plan to enrol in at least one internal unit in Session 2, 2019 (or Terms 3 and 4, 2019 for MUIC students)
  • Be passionate about enhancing the university experience for new students
  • Be willing to commit to the mentoring role for one full session (or two terms)
  • Attend compulsory training days and activities.

Mentor benefits

Volunteering as a Macquarie University Mentor is a great way to contribute to Macquarie’s community, have fun and gain invaluable skills that will contribute to your employability.

With your personal experience as a student and the training you’ll receive, you’ll be able to answer most questions new students have about Macquarie University or appropriately refer them to someone who can. You’ll also be able to facilitate and lead small group activities, and communicate effectively via face-to-face and online platforms.

Our hands-on training helps you develop essential life skills that employers look for in graduates.

These include (but are not limited to):

  • leadership skills
  • problem-solving abilities
  • effectively working in a team
  • communicating effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds

Apply to be a Mentor

Applications for Session 2, 2019 (Terms 3 and 4 if MUIC student) will be opening in March 2019. Fill out an expression of interest form here, and we will contact you when Mentor applications open.

Become a Team Leader

Who can become a Team Leader?

To become a Team Leader, you must:

  • Have been a Macquarie University Mentor for at least 1 session (or two terms for MUIC students)
  • Plan to enrol in at least one internal unit at Macquarie University during your time as a Team Leader
  • Be passionate about supporting Mentors in their role
  • Be willing to commit to the Team Leader role for one full session (or two terms)
  • Attend compulsory training days and activities.

Team Leader benefits

Volunteering as a Macquarie University Mentor Team Leader is a great way to contribute to Macquarie’s community, give back to the Macquarie University Mentors program, step into a fun and rewarding leadership position and gain invaluable skills that will contribute to your employability.

As a Team Leader, you bring your expertise as an experienced Mentor to enhance the mentoring experience. You will have access to exclusive training resources and significant input into the programs design such as social events and training. You will also have exclusive opportunities to present at formal university events.

Our hands-on training helps you develop essential life skills that employers look for in graduates.

These include (but are not limited to):

  • leadership skills
  • presentation skills
  • event management
  • team management
  • problem-solving abilities
  • effectively working in a team
  • communicating effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds

Apply to be a Team Leader

Applications for Session 2, 2019 (Terms 3 and 4 if MUIC student) will be opening in March 2019. Fill out an expression of interest form here, and we will contact you when Team Leader applications open.

Contact us

Contact the Mentors Team Staff via:

Email: mentors@mq.edu.au

Phone: (02) 9850 4386

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

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