Mentor program

The Monash College Diploma Mentor Program provides peer support and advice to new Diploma students from experienced students.

Interested in being involved? Sign up today.

How the program works

New students are matched with an experienced Diploma student. Before a new student arrives, email addresses are exchanged and students can ask their mentor a variety of questions to gain an insight into what to expect from Monash College Diploma and life in Melbourne.

New students are introduced to their mentor during Enrolment and Orientation Week and will accompany them to various orientation activities. There will also be a social function during Enrolment and Orientation Week exclusively for students within the mentor program. This will give students the opportunity to meet new friends and socialise with experienced Monash College Diploma students.

Mentors will arrange to meet with their mentee on at least three occasions after Enrolment and Orientation Week, including a social activity where they will meet all the other new students and mentors in the program.

At the conclusion of the trimester, there will be an end-of-program presentation and dinner for students and their mentors. This gives mentees and opportunity to thank their mentor and give feedback on the success of the program.

Mentees will also be invited to apply to be a mentor for future students.

New student (mentee) information

Taking the step into a new city and College environment not only provides for great opportunities to further your education, but also to immerse yourself into a new culture. Understanding Australian culture, requirements of tertiary study, and procedures can be a daunting prospect, but Monash College Diploma aims to assist you with support from staff and senior students.

If you choose to participate in the Mentor Program you will be assigned to an experienced Monash College Diploma student and have access to information and advice from somebody who has already been through what you are about to begin. This is an informal means of obtaining vital information from an experienced peer and a ready-made friend.

A student mentor can assist you to:

  • make new friends and socialise with other students
  • get inside knowledge on how things work at Monash College
  • find out about the social life, shopping and transport in Melbourne
  • find and understand University services available to you
  • answer timetabling and administrative queries
  • understand Australian culture and step into a new city and College environment
  • learn about the requirements of tertiary study and the procedures of Monash College
  • get personal and academic support from staff and senior students
  • importantly, your mentor can provide a friendly ear to talk to if you are unsure about something.

Mentee requirements

  • You must have accepted your place and plan to be studying at Monash College Diploma during Trimester 2, 2014.
  • You must be available during Enrolment and Orientation Week (16-19 June).

Current student (mentor) information

  • Do you remember your first week at Monash College Diploma - how nervous you were and how few people you knew?
  • Did you have trouble finding information on timetables, classrooms, subjects - or just where things were around University?
  • Are you someone who enjoys helping others?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions you should consider becoming a mentor today!

Imagine how much easier it would have been if you had a friend you could call on who already knew the College. As experienced students, you have a wealth of information that can assist new Monash College Diploma students integrate into a new environment.

This is your opportunity to assist a fellow Monash College Diploma student while acquiring new skills and experiences. Professional leadership and mentor training will be provided free of charge to all mentors and certificates are presented at the conclusion of the program. Leadership training and mentor certificates look great in any resume and are certainly attractive to prospective employers. Past Monash College Diploma mentors have also gone on to participate in the prestigious Vice Chancellor's Ancora Imparo Student Leadership Program.

Mentor requirements

  • Attend the compulsory Leadership and Mentor training on Monday 9 June 2014 and Tuesday 10 June 2014 at Clayton.
  • Be available to assist with Trimester 1 Enrolment and Orientation Week (16-19 June 2014) including attending the fun activities (Thursday 19 June).
  • Meet with your mentee on a minimum of three other occasions throughout the trimester.
  • Respond to all correspondence (via phone, SMS and email) from your mentee.
  • Attend a debriefing session on a date to be confirmed.
  • Attend a review session at the conclusion of the program.

Application information

  • If you are a new student who wants to become a mentee the closing date to apply for the Trimester 2, 2014 Mentor Program is Thursday 5 June 2014.
  • New students commencing their studies at Monash College Diploma will need to complete the Mentee application.
  • If you are a current student who is continuing your studies at Monash College Diploma and you want to become a mentor the closing date to apply for the Trimester 2, 2014 Mentor Program is Tuesday 3 June 2014. Current students will need to complete the Mentor application.

Please note only 40 mentor positions are available.

If you require more information on the Monash College Diploma Mentor Program please contact:

Laura Swift
Student Welfare Support Coordinator
Telephone: +61 3 9905 8674
Email: student.programs@mcpl.edu.au