If you’re new to UNSW, you can get a kickstart to uni life and settle in sooner with help from our peer mentors. They’ll help you find your way around, giving you their tips and insider’s knowledge to make the most of your time at university. If you’re in second-year or beyond, you can get involved and become a peer mentor.
What Our Students Are Saying
“It was great to be able to ask a lot of questions and get honest responses from someone who has experience at uni.”
“Having someone that I could ask for advice about university life, ways to build better study habits, tips on dealing with certain situations…was incredibly helpful and made me feel more confident in completing my first term of university.”
Benefits Of Having a Peer Mentor
Help with finding your way around campus & facilities
Peer mentoring social events
Form lasting friendships & building networks
Get tips from someone who’s been in a similar situation to you.
A peer mentor is an experienced student passing on their knowledge, tips, ideas and skills to less experienced students.
Mentoring is different to friendship. It has a specific purpose, and the relationship is entirely focussed on you - the mentee.
Mentoring is not tutoring. It provides 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.
Being part of a mentor program you’ll:
- have the opportunity to meet other new science students
- benefit from hearing how other new students are managing their transition to university
- 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
- get an insider’s view of the campus and tips on how to make the most of campus services and facilities
- ask questions about university life - no question is too small, big or silly.
Our mentors are trained and experienced science students who want to help and know all about the challenges of being a new student at UNSW.