Academic Advising

Academic Advising is an important initiative to connect academics and students. The relationship between yourself and your academic adviser is a mentoring relationship, and your adviser will be an ongoing and supportive contact for you throughout your time at the University of Melbourne.

What is Academic Advising?

We encourage you to take part in Academic Advising, an important initiative to connect academics and students. The relationship between yourself and your academic adviser is a mentoring relationship and your adviser will be an ongoing and supportive contact for you throughout your time at the University of Melbourne. Academic Advising sits in conjunction with the Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program and is available to first-year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and wider university who have commenced from 2020 onwards.

How does it work?

During your first-year you will have a group meeting with your allocated Academic Adviser: an academic staff member from your Faculty with whom you will meet several times over the course of your studies. Your Academic Adviser will help you make the most of your time at University and have  insight about, academic resources, study habits and professional development. Your Academic Adviser can answer questions you may have about the university and study. If there are any other questions you may have they will also know where to refer you to. After your first group session, there will be a series of one-on-one sessions available to you throughout your degree which we encourage you to attend.

How do I get involved?

You will be automatically matched with an Arts Academic Adviser. You can find information on your Academic Advising meeting by accessing the "Advising and Mentoring" link in the navigation bar at the top of the page in the Student Portal.

How will the program benefit me?

The aim of the Academic Advising program is to create a university culture in which you feel connected to academic staff whom will take an active interest in your wellbeing, academic achievements, progress and challenges. Asking questions and seeking advice from academics is a great way to improve your knowledge on effective study practices and application of the skills your learn in your BA into a working environment once you finish your degree. Your academic adviser will help you to articulate the transferable or soft skills you develop during your BA, like communication, critical thinking and global citizenship. Academic Advising can also benefit your study aims by providing professional insight into your current co-curricular interests study choices and academic interests. The Academic Advising program is a good opportunity to find out more on areas of study that you may not have yet considered in the BA or beyond!

When will I meet with my Academic Adviser?

If you’re in your second or third year, your academic adviser will contact you to organise the location of your meeting on campus wherever possible. If you’re not in Australia, a Zoom meeting link is available so that you can still meet online. Please feel free to reach out to your adviser if you would like to check on the location.

If you’re a first year student, and you’re coming onto campus, make sure you preference on-campus meetings with your academic adviser. It will be wonderful for you to meet each other in person. If you’re not in Australia, make sure you preference online meetings so that you don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to have a conversation with your academic adviser. They are looking forward to talking with you!

Resources to prepare for your meetings

Academic Advising at Melbourne

During your first year at the University of Melbourne, you will be matched with an Academic Adviser (such as a lecturer or professor) who will also be from the Faculty of Arts. You will touch base with your advisor within a group and a one on one meetings during your degree to have conversations, ask questions and share ideas. Your academic adviser will provide insights to help you transition into and navigate through university life; support you in developing and reflecting upon the goals you have set; and help you build your university community.

Themes and possible areas of discussion with your adviser

  • Life Experience
  • Career Development
  • Future Studies
  • Campus Life

Sample questions you might ask your adviser

  • What helped you to come to know what you wanted to pursue in life?
  • Can you share about a time that you were able to be resilient within X situation?
  • How do you remain motivated to reach your goals?
  • How do you develop a professional network?
  • What characteristics do you think are important for a mentor to have?
  • Which of the skills developed from your degree have been the most transferable to your career so far?
  • What advice would you give yourself as an undergraduate student?
  • What is the experience of studying (honours, masters, PhD) in your field like?
  • What has been your most memorable academic achievement? Why?
  • What can I get involved in/attend to broaden my perspectives across disciplines in Arts?
  • What are three pieces of advice would you offer to Arts students?
  • How do you think students can make the most of their university experience?