The UON Peer Mentoring Program

From the University Peer Mentoring Program. Published November 9, 2020.

The Peer Mentor Program helps first year students adjust to uni life by matching them with current students who have already been there and done that.

Providing new students with a friendly face that can answer their questions and share their experiences can make a big difference. And it’s not just the first years that benefit.

By making someone else’s university experience better, Mentors build their own interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Participation in the program is recognised on their AHEG statement and it looks great on a resume.

The Peer Mentor Program has been running for a few years now, but we’ve recently launched our Peer Mentoring app called Vygo, which is changing the way new students can access this support.

Whether students are wanting advice on settling in, are looking for a friend who is studying the same thing, or are after some tips on navigating uni campuses (and coffee shops), they can find experienced students at their finger-tips who are ready to help.

Thanks to the app, students can now browse the profiles of Mentors, and check out their interests and area of study. They can search categories such as academic areas, undergraduate or postgraduate study, and campus to find like-minded students.

Currently we have 35 fabulous mentors (all student volunteers who are in their 2nd year or above and who are succeeding in their studies) who are ready to support new students. And they are an incredibly diverse group! We have mentors from all campuses; some to help navigate online study; some to help navigate post-graduate study; some that can help navigate accessibility; some who have been through enabling or international pathways; and ALL of them are available to help ease the transition into uni life. All our mentors are trained in providing support and are available at the click of a button.

For those that want to meet up on campus, we provide coffee vouchers to help them connect over caffeine (or another choice of drink if they aren’t addicted to coffee!). Students who can’t make it to campus can still connect and receive support through the app – which is crucial in this time of COVID. It’s never been easier for new students to find a friendly mentor to reach out to.

Are you interested in being a Mentor for the new students of 2021?

Applications to Become a Mentor are now open.

 

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