Academic Advising

Our senior academics reflect on how their involvement in advising has been an essential part of their career progression and share their greatest pieces of advice for current and future students regarding career choices and personal development.

What is it?

Academic Advising at Melbourne has been developed to provide personalised academic guidance to expand your understanding of the curriculum choices and pathway options available to achieve your emerging aspirations. These sessions provide a space to think, share ideas, talk about your goals and explore opportunities with an academic member of our (University) community. 

Want some direct insights into the experiences of our Academics? Our Peer Leaders, Dan and Andy, have been interviewing some of our Senior Academic Advisers for their podcast and you can access them below:

Want to know what motivated our academics to be a part of Academic Advising at Melbourne? What their personal experiences with mentoring are? Who were their mentors? Found out below!

Being an Advisee

Being an advisee gives you a new level of unique access to the highly experienced academics at the University of Melbourne. This opportunity is something that should be used to help you connect, discover and learn about everything you can to set you on the path to success!

  • How does it work?

    You will be matched with an academic adviser and will be able to see their details via the my.uniLife app. The structure of the sessions is as follows:

    • Year 1 - Second Semester: Group meeting with academic adviser and approximately 10 other students also allocated to the same academic adviser (approximately 60 minutes)
    • Year 2 - First and Second Semester: 2 x one-on-one sessions with your academic adviser. One session in each semester (approximately 30 minutes each)
    • Year 3 - First Semester: A one-on-one session (approximately 30 minutes)

    We encourage you to connect with your academic adviser outside of the scheduled sessions to build that connection and get the support that you need.

    Note: If you are a first-time university student commencing mid-year, you will follow the same structure as above. For example, if you commence Semester 2, 2020 your group meeting will be in Semester 1, 2021 (as this is technically your second semester of your first year).

  • How do I get involved?

    You don't need to do anything! You will automatically be allocated to an academic adviser and notified who they are towards the end of August (for students commencing their 2nd semester in Semester 2, 2020). You can get it touch with us if you have not heard anything by the 31st of August.

  • What are the benefits?

    Academic advisers are experienced members of our community who can help you adjust to study and life at University. Your academic adviser will take an active interest in your progress, success and challenges. Using their extensive networks, they can help you to connect with your faculty and the broader University community, as well as external professionals and industry representatives.

    The sessions provide a space to think, share ideas, talk about your goals and explore opportunities with an academic member of our (University) community

    Making sure you are prepared before each meeting and arriving on time can help build a good rapport with your academic adviser. Over time, your academic adviser will be a friendly face on campus, someone you can call on for advice, or even ask for a reference at the end of your degree.

  • I want more information

    You can find more information about Academic Advising at Melbourne here.

    If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us.

How can mentors work to create a strong, supportive, and thriving relationship with their mentees? What are the most important traits for a mentor to have? Our Academic Advisors discuss their top tips for becoming an effective advisor and a great mentor