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Becoming A Student Mentor

A Student Mentor has volunteered to support new students during their first term of study. All mentors are current students who have completed at least one year of study at CQUniversity and are committed to helping new students in their transition to uni life.

Student Mentors access training and professional development throughout the year to ensure they have the necessary knowledge to assist mentees. The main role of a Mentor is to be both supportive and act as a guide. We don’t hold all the answers, but we can direct new students to the places and the people they need – whilst reassuring them that they have got this!

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Student Mentor benefits include:

  • Be recognised as a leader at CQUniversity
  • Gain transferable employment skills (leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, communication skills)
  • An opportunity to help your peers
  • Additional professional development opportunities
  • Recognition by and closer liaison with University staff
  • Increased self-confidence and ability to work with and manage people
  • Discount (5%) on any textbook purchases - courtesy of the CQUniversity Bookshop
  • A Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Vice-Chancellor
  • Sponsored travel to the CQUni Student Leadership Conference for our “Mentor of the Year” finalists (first week in November).

Student Mentors are happy to provide encouragement and guidance throughout the first term at university, including the sharing of important dates and opportunities for students to get involved and feel more connected to the University.

All Mentors are encouraged to attend Orientation, OMG week, and other first-year student-focused events throughout the year. These offer an opportunity to meet with new students, encourage them to join a Mentor group, reassure them that they are in the right place, and provide specific help (e.g. student panels, campus tours) during the event.

Being an on-campus Mentor
Some Mentors value the opportunity to help but may not be able to dedicate the time to Mentoring a group of students. Instead, these Mentors provide ad hoc support on campus, including during student events.

Mentor a Group (Online and/or Oncampus)
Potential “Mentees” join a Mentor’s group in our Moodle platform “First Year Hangout & Mentor Support”, and the Mentor initiates contact in their Moodle group, and can also connect via student email or in person on campus. We encourage Mentees to contact their Mentor for advice regarding university life. In particular, mentees may turn to their mentor for advice on how to get assistance on issues such as:

  • Work-Life-Study balance tips
  • Keeping motivated
  • Finding a friendly face
  • Study Skills Workshops
  • Using Moodle
  • Dealing with stress
  • Libraries & other support systems
  • Enrolment
  • Exams
  • Student Loans and Scholarships

Note: Student Mentors DO NOT provide any degree of academic tutorial assistance, assessment advice or to provide counselling or advice. Rather, it is about providing general support, sharing experiences and directing the student to the correct point of contact when needed. Our aim is to help new students feel welcomed and supported as they start their learning journey at CQUniversity.

Desirable qualities for Student Mentors include:

  • Desire to guide, support and encourage others
  • Successful completion of one calendar year of tertiary study at CQUniversity
  • An approachable, friendly and responsible attitude
  • Commitment to the program, and willingness to encourage Mentees to connect and engage with the University
  • Commitment to use Moodle, student email/chat or Zoom for checking and connecting with Mentees
  • Willingness to pro-actively maintain regular contact with mentees (connecting at least once a week, and responding to queries within 3 days)
  • Enthusiasm for completing online training and if possible attend mentor training sessions on campus or via Zoom
  • Awareness of and ability to share your first-year university experience
  • Responsibility of self to ensure your Mentees are supported throughout term, including during any prolonged absence
  • Being a role model of professionalism and treating fellow students respectfully
  • Eligibility for Positive Blue Card (working with children) – or relevant interstate equivalent

What we don’t do as Mentors:

  • Provide Counselling or promote ourselves as experts to our fellow students
  • Review Assignments
  • Meet with Mentees off campus or otherwise put ourselves in vulnerable situations

Recruitment is open at all times. If you would like to apply to become a Student Mentor and meet the necessary requirements listed above, then:

  1. Join up at the Student Mentors and Leaders Moodle program (self enrol).
  2. Work through the resources and training ("Want to Become a Mentor??")
    1. Ask your questions: Monthly live (ZOOM) Q&A sessions
    2. Complete the quiz
    3. Request a follow-up interview (30-60 min discussion)
  3. Send through your Blue Card/ Working with Children check or Application
  4. Start Mentoring!! (on campus or online)
  1. Once you have successfully completed the training including the training quiz and final interview, and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct and Mentor Agreement – you will be eligible to become an Active Mentor.
  2. If you are able to access a campus, it is strongly recommended that you attend the pre-Orientation week training (held via ISL across all campuses and on ZOOM for distance students), or review the training video online prior to Orientation week.
  3. If you can attend an Orientation, your support at your local campus would be greatly appreciated.
  4. You support new students in two ways:
    1. Mentees will join your Mentor group in Moodle, or you provide general support in the Moodle Q&A (usually available prior to Orientation).
    2. You may also meet new students on campus and support them (casually) in person.
  5. The limit of mentees per mentor is 10. This can change depending on the number of new students.
  6. While new students may find it beneficial to choose a Mentor of a similar course or location, this is not always possible due to availability. Since the mentor program is not academic, and the type of help is University-wide, non-alignment will not affect the mentoring relationship.
  7. You stay in contact with your mentees via Moodle, by student email, in person on campus or via Zoom during their first term, on a weekly basis.
  8. You regularly check and participate in the StudentMentor Moodle forum discussions and professional development activities online or on-campus, and support your fellow Mentors.
  9. If you are active as a Mentor, you will receive one or more certificates in recognition for your involvement and contribution to the program.

For further information, please contact the Student Mentor Program Officer on studentmentor@cqu.edu.au