We understand that beginning your first year at University can be challenging. It involves adapting to new experiences and expectations, both academically and socially. You may have many questions already - "Where can I purchase textbooks?", "What is 'Arc'?", "Is Uni 'harder' than the HSC?", "Where do I obtain my ID card?", "Where do I buy a lab coat?" etc.
The Science Faculty is committed to ensuring that you are provided with assistance to ease your transition into university life by providing various Peer Mentoring Programs. There are a number of programs available:
- Faculty of Science Peer Mentoring Program
The Faculty of Science Peer Mentoring Program is a cross faculty program for the majority of degrees offered within Science. This program also includes social activities such as an Orientation Week BBQ. Information on this program and registration details are provided below on this webpage.
Eligible Students : All Science Degrees and Students (with the exception of the below programs)
- Bachelor of Psychology and Psychological Sciences Program
The School of Psychology offers a peer mentor program as part of a first year course. A small group of first year students will be mentored by a third year student within the Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Psychological Science programs. You will be contacted by the School regarding this program if you are eligible and there is no need to register.
Eligible Students: Bachelor of Psychology (3432) and Bachelor of Psychological Science (3435) only*
* Please note: Students who are completing a Psychology Major within the Bachelor of Advanced Science or Bachelor of Science degrees can participate in the Faculty of Science Peer Mentoring Program.
- School of Materials Science and Engineering Program
This Peer Mentoring Program runs during Semester 1 each year. In this program a senior student mentors a small group of first year students. You will be contacted directly by the School if you are completing an eligible degree program. There is no need to register.
For more information see: http://www.materials.unsw.edu.au/study-materials-science/frequently-asked-questions
Eligible Students: Materials Science and Engineering Programs only (3135, 3136, 3137, 3138)
- School of Optometry and Vision Science Program
The program revolves around social interaction and support rather than academic tutoring and involves final year Optometry students mentoring first year students. You will be contacted directly by the School if you are completing an eligible degree or Major.
Eligible Students: Bachelor of Optometry/ Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science (Vision Science Major) students.
For further information on this program please email: email@example.com
Faculty of Science Peer Mentoring Program
The Faculty of Science Peer Mentoring Program is a cross faculty program for the majority of degrees offered with Science. This program also includes social activities such as an Orientation Week BBQ and Trivia Night (during semester).
What is a peer mentor and mentoring?
A mentor is generally a more experienced student, passing on their knowledge, tips, ideas and skills to a less experienced student. Mentoring is different to friendship. Mentoring has a specific purpose, and the relationship is entirely focussed on you - the mentee.
Mentoring is not tutoring, although it does provide you with an important support structure to help you make the transition to university life while you 'find your feet'. Mentoring is an informal process.
Why join a mentor program?
Being part of a mentor program you:
- are provided with the opportunity to meet and talk with other new students to the Faculty of Science
- benefit from hearing how other new students are managing their transition to university
- will get the chance to consult with a more experienced student (the mentor)
- have the opportunity to find resources and other areas of support quickly and easily
- can get an insiders view of the campus and tips on how to make the most of campus services and facilities
- can ask any question you may have about university life - no question to small, big or silly!
Who are the mentors?
Trained and experienced senior science students who know all about the challenges of being a new student at UNSW.
What are the benefits of having a mentor?
Comments from first year students involved in past UNSW mentoring programs:
"My mentor is really caring and helpful and we email each other very frequently. "
"help is always there whenever I need it."
"we have been emailing each other whenever I had some questions and got good responses."
"My mentor has been very helpful whenever I need a help. "
"Thank you for providing such Mentor/Mentee program. It help me a lot."
"I had a peer mentor in first year and found the experience helpful and insightfully for a variety of reasons"
When will I get a mentor? When we will we meet?
After registering your details you will be contacted by Science Learning and Teaching Unit (SLTU) with further information. You will have the opportunity to meet the mentors at a BBQ in O-week and before the end of the BBQ you will be ask to provide five suggestions for students you would like to act as your mentor.
By the start of week 1 you will know who your mentor is and they will arrange to have the first meeting with you and other students in Week 1 of Semester.
Further meetings will then be arranged between you and your mentor.
How do I register?
You first have to register for the program using the online registration form:
I have questions about the Peer Mentoring Program, who should I ask?
If you have any questions about the program please contact Jane Paton or Marie Kidd in the Science Learning and Teaching Unit (SLTU) in the Faculty of Science. the SLTU can be contacted on:
02 9385 5277