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Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring programs are an ideal platform for mentors to share their experience and develop their leadership skills, while students benefit from sharing ideas, engaging with others and expanding their scope for success.
PASS is offered in many of our First Year Courses. PASS sessions are facilitated by a current student who has previously excelled in the course. They facilitate weekly, one hour study sessions where students explore difficult course content and develop a deeper understanding of the course materials. Discover if PASS is offered in one of your courses through the PASS page.

If you’re a UniSQ student and English is your second language, this is the program for you!

There are two key parts of this program you can get involved in:

  1. Our group sessions which run all semester in person at the UniSQ Toowoomba campus. You can see the details of all upcoming sessions and register your attendance in the Group Sessions tab of this program.
  2. Connect with a volunteer peer mentor, either via chat or a 1:1 session in person or online, for the opportunity to practice your conversational English, learn more about UniSQ student life, and make some meaningful connections along the way.

What will you gain from this program?

💬 Connect with peers whilst enhancing your English conversational skills
🎓 Find out more about student life at UniSQ and the different disciplines of study
👥 Feel part of the UniSQ community and build friendships
🕺 Enhance your student experience
🙋 Lots of opportunities to practice speaking in English to a range of different people

How can I connect with a mentor?

Simply join the program, find your recommended mentor, and initiate a chat or request a session. 🙋💬

Catch-ups can be face to face or online, the choice is yours. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Interested in becoming a mentor?

We’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteer mentors who want to support other students. If you want to develop your leadership skills and contribute to the UniSQ community, express your interest through the online form.

 

Murri Mentoring is a deadly way to connect with Mob and be supported throughout your study and Uni-Life journey.  Through Murri Mentoring, our focus is to help keep you connected to Country and help you adjust to your higher learning adventure at UniSQ. 

Your Murri Mentor will run weekly group yarning circles via zoom with other students as well as posting vlogs and content to help you thrive at university. As an integral partner of the College of Indigenous Studies, Education & Research (CISER) and UniSQ, Murri Mentoring aims to connect students with a wide variety of support services that reflect UniSQ's values of Respect, Integrity and Excellence.

For more information and to get involved jump onto Ask Aunty or email Peer Learning.

A-Skills is a peer support program developed with and for students with autism*. This online program is offered during semesters 1 and 2 and includes both a course page for self-paced learning and regular small group sessions with an A-Skills Mentor.

A-Skills Mentors provide an inclusive and informal space for peer-to-peer support. They offer guidance on various topics including support at UniSQ, time management, study techniques, self-care, disclosure, self-advocacy, and university services and processes.

For further information email A-Skills.

*A-Skills is open to autistic students and those with Asperger’s. No formal diagnosis is required.

Frequently asked questions

Who runs A-Skills?
A-Skills sessions are facilitated by a current UniSQ student who is Autistic.

How was A-Skills Developed?
A-Skills was initially developed by Student Success and Wellbeing in partnership with some of our students who have autism.

Do you need a diagnosis?
No, you don’t need a formal diagnosis.

Who will know if I participate in A-Skills?
The A-Skills group is private and only students who are part of the group and the Coordinator (Peer Learning) will know you are involved. The A-Skills Mentor takes attendance at sessions which is submitted to the Coordinator (Peer Learning). The data is then de-identified and only used as part of reporting on the participation numbers and reach of all the peer mentoring programs at UniSQ.

I know how to study, is there something like a social group to meet with other students?
While the sessions are designed to support learning, there are opportunities each session for students to get to know each other a bit more. The informal sessions also give students the opportunity to share their successes and difficulties with study to seek support from each other. Students are encouraged to support each other through these study difficulties by sharing strategies and tips that work for them.

Pathways Connect is a program that supports students who are enrolled in the UniSQ TPP program. Pathways Connect is facilitated by a past TPP student who is currently enrolled in a UniSQ degree.

Your pathways mentor facilitates weekly group sessions that help you connect with other students, develop effective study habits, and assists your transition into life as a university student. The pathways mentor has been in your shoes and understands what it’s like getting started at university.

Whether you want to learn how to navigate the Study Desk or connect with a supportive group to share the highs and challenges of studying, we encourage you to get involved with Pathways Connect.

To find out more jump onto The Zone or email UniSQ Peer Learning.

Residential Colleges STEP Program operates in each of UniSQ’s three residential colleges: McGregor, Steele Rudd, and Concannon.

The program provides new students with a personalised service to assist you with settling into your studies.  The STEP program aims to bring together students from the same faculty to assist you through your first semester of study.

The sessions are relaxed and comfortable and designed to ensure you feel confident contacting your mentor if you have any questions.

Although formal mentoring only runs for the first semester of study, it is hoped that the relationships your build during this time will extend throughout your studies and beyond.

For more information and to get involved please email UniSQ Residential Colleges.

Phone: +61 7 3812 6309
Email: peer.learning@usq.edu.au