Academic Advising at Melbourne

Academic Advising at Melbourne aims to connect you with our vibrant, diverse and inclusive community outside of the classroom and make the most of your time at University.

Find out more about the benefits of having an adviser, the program timeline and what kind of support is available for students on the Academic Advising at Melbourne home page.

What is academic advising?

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As part of your first-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) student experience, you will be matched with an academic adviser in your second semester of study. Your academic adviser will take an active interest in your wellbeing, progress and success throughout your undergraduate degree.

Navigating the opportunities and challenges of university can be a lot to think about. Meeting with an academic outside of your usual teaching and learning activities ensures you have access to our vibrant, diverse and inclusive community beyond the classroom and make the most of your time at University.

“I left feeling connected to the university, and felt supported and looked out for as an individual”

Deciding on future pathways will mean taking advice from academics and peers from within and outside of your chosen discipline.  Think of this step as a first of many connections with academics you can make, which ensure you are best placed to navigate this dynamic time.

Who is eligible?

All commencing first-year undergraduate students will begin Academic Advising at Melbourne in their second semester of study, ongoing.

Not a first-year BSc student? Visit the Current Students page to find out what other programs, services and activities you can get involved in. If you commence your BSc student journey with prior university experience, you may commence Academic Advising at Melbourne in your first semester of study with us. If eligible, we'll contact you to advise you of the next steps.

What’s Peer Mentoring? Find out more on the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program website.

How do I apply?

There’s no need to apply to get involved in Academic Advising at Melbourne.

In your second semester of study, you’ll get a notification once you’ve been matched with an adviser and have had your first advising session scheduled.

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Meet some of our advisers

Dr Antonette Mendoza

“Hi, I’m a senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Information systems and a senior academic advisor. I'm passionate about teaching and being a part of projects that make a difference to people. My hobbies - yoga and watching movies. I love dogs and being around people who make me laugh. l look forward to meeting you.”

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Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher

“Hi, I am a Wiradjuri man and a geographer working at the intersection of humans, climate, disturbance, vegetation and landscapes. I am looking forward to meeting you, talking about your goals and helping you make the most of your time at university.”

When is my first advising session?

Check this helpful table to find out what semester you will begin Academic Advising based on when you commenced your BSc.

Commencing semesterPeer Mentoring beginsAcademic Advising begins
Semester 1, 2020Semester 1, 2020Semester 2, 2020
Semester 2, 2020Semester 2, 2020Semester 1, 2021
Semester 1, 2021Semester 1, 2021Semester 2, 2021

Download the my.uniLife app to make sure you stay up to date with any announcements and updates regarding your adviser and advising sessions.

How many times will I meet with my adviser?

In the second semester of your first year of study, you’ll meet with a group of other BSc students. You’ll continue to meet with your adviser for one-on-one advising sessions in your second and third years.

Year 1 (Semester 2)Year 2Year 3
1 x 1-hour group meeting2 x 30-minute individual 1:1 meetings1 x 30-minute individual 1:1 meeting

Will my adviser be in the same discipline/study area as me?

Academic advising sessions will focus on holistic advice rather than a discipline-specific course and career counselling. While your academic adviser may not be an expert in the field that you’re most interested in pursuing, you’ll still find engaging with your adviser to be immensely beneficial to your journey and experience as a BSc student.

You’ll build connections with an experienced fellow scientist from the academic community which will let you explore the ways in which different areas of science overlap and interweave – allowing for the discovery and exploration of potential STEM pathways, regardless of your adviser’s area of expertise.

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"I started university with very little idea of what lay ahead in terms of future study, postdoc, jobs, international travel, conferences, funding, etc. Even today with ubiquitous information available through the internet, it's difficult to really get a sense of what's likely to happen.  I like to help people develop their careers and I very much look forward to hearing my BSc student advisees’ contributions to ideas about possible futures and what they think is worth studying and aspiring towards.

Regardless of their chosen field of study or expertise, I believe there is value in meeting people who have been through a similar stage of life; in talking to them and learning from them, and perhaps hearing stories from people at the other end of the academic career path."

Professor Robert Scholten, BSc Academic Adviser

FAQs

  • I didn’t go to my Peer Mentoring sessions. Can I still participate in Academic Advising at Melbourne?

    Yes! Even if you didn’t attend your sessions in Semester 1 with your peer mentor, you’re still very much encouraged and welcome to participate in Academic Advising at Melbourne.

  • Who will my academic adviser be?

    You'll be matched with an academic staff member from one of the many disciplines that teach into the Bachelor Science.

    The my.uniLife app will be updated to display your adviser’s profile and your scheduled meeting time once you’ve been matched.

  • Will I be able to meet my academic adviser face-to-face?

    Academic advising meetings will take place virtually or in-person due to current restrictions allowing for all students to be able to participate.

  • Will my academic adviser help with course advice and career planning?

    An academic adviser is not there to provide course planning advice or career counselling, but to provide general guidance and support. They will share their knowledge and experience about university and professional life, with tips about techniques or support services. This sort of advice can help you to make informed decisions about your studies and career choices, but academic advising is not related specifically to subject or course content.

  • What will we talk about in an advising meesting?

    Meeting with your adviser will give you the space to think, share ideas, talk about your goals and explore opportunities with an academic member of our BSc community.

    In your group meeting, your adviser will come prepared with discussion topics and questions to ask you and your group so that you can all get to know one another and set some goals for what you would like to achieve through academic advising.

    Take some time to think of questions you might like to ask your adviser to get to know them better and to make the most of your own experience:

    • Have you always had clear and consistent career goals?
    • What was your undergraduate experience like?
    • What do you like most about your position at the University of Melbourne?
    • Who do you turn to for advice and guidance?
    • Do you have any experience working in the industry, in addition to your work as a researcher or in academia?
  • I’m not a first-year BSc student – what about me?

    See the What other advising programs can I get involved in? FAQ below for other great advising and mentoring programs for later-year BSc and grad students.

  • What other advising programs can I get involved in?
  • My adviser is in a different field of study to me. Where can I get specialised advice and guidance on my chosen major?

    Even though they may not be familiar with your specific chosen area of study, they may still be able to provide some useful insights about your field. Another thing they will be able to do is refer you on to colleagues who are from your area of study for more specific consultation!

    Remember, you can always get in touch with any academic staff member at the University of Melbourne for advice and guidance! Check the Find an Expert website to search for UoM academic staff by area of interest.

    It’s also a good idea to book an appointment at Stop 1 if you want to discuss subject options and mapping your Study Plan.

  • Can I keep in contact with my adviser outside of our scheduled advising meetings?

    Yes! You’re always welcome to keep in touch with your adviser outside of the academic advising program. Remember though, your adviser will also have other advisory, teaching and social commitments, meaning they may not always be able to respond to emails or be free to catch up for additional Zoom meetings. The best thing to do is ask!