Sometimes, you just want to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through. Peer mentors are students who have successfully completed your program and can help you to do the same.
Peer mentoring is open to international students in both diploma and UTS Foundation Studies programs. Brand-new international students meet regularly, in groups, with a Peer Mentor. Students get to meet with their mentors in a small group of 3-4 other students once a week for 2 hours from Weeks 4-10. If the meeting needs to be cancelled - by the mentor or student, both need to give as much notice as possible.
Benefits of having a peer mentor can include:
- Increased academic achievement
- Improved social skills
- Greater feeling of connection to school community
- Increased attendance and motivation to continue study.
In addition to providing study advice and assistance, Peer Mentors also support their students in settling into life in Sydney, understanding Australian culture and making new friends.