Peer mentoring

Students helping students achieve through assistance with coursework, sharing general study skills and encouraging academic confidence.

The Semester 2 2022 Peer Mentoring period is now closed

Melbourne mentors will be available again in late February 2023 and SIM mentors will be available in January 2023. For more information, please contact the Peer Mentoring team via peer.mentoring@rmit.edu.au.

Connect with a peer mentor

Connect with a peer mentor using the Vygo web app, mobile app, or both (see instructions below). You can message a peer mentor anytime, from anywhere in the world.

Ask any peer mentor for general academic advice. For course-specific advice, your course will be listed in the app if Peer Mentors are available.

If you can't find your course, email peer.mentoring@rmit.edu.au for other options.

Make the most of your mentoring relationship and find out what your mentor is likely to expect from you by completing the Being a Good Mentee micro-credential. Completing the micro-credential is not compulsory for participating in the peer mentoring program, but is advised in order to enrich your experience.

Instructions

1. Go to rmit.vygo.app
2. Log in with your RMIT ID and password
3. Select Programs
4. Select All Programs
5. Choose the right mentoring option for you
6. Select Join Program
7. Browse through the mentors and send them a message!

1. Select Australia as your region
2. Select RMIT University
3. Select Log In with University Credentials/SSO
4. Select Sign in With Pop-up 
5. A pop-up will appear saying you have successfully signed in. Close the pop-up
6. Select Programs
7. Select All programs
8. Choose the right mentoring option for you
9. Select View Program
10. Select Join Program
11. Browse through the mentors and send them a message!

Meet the Peer Mentors

Find out more about peer mentoring at RMIT from some of the peer mentors themselves.

Frequently asked questions

Peer mentoring is one of the study support services offered by RMIT Univeristy Library. It allows you to connect with peers who have recent experience with course content and studying at RMIT. It’s a casual, friendly, and student-led service. You can ask a couple of quick questions or build an ongoing connection both online and face-to-face.

Peer mentors are current student volunteers that are happy to help other students build their own academic confidence by sharing their own experiences. Mentors for academic courses have completed the course within the previous 12 months and received a grade of 75% or above.

Mentors for HDR students have completed at least one year of their research.

Peer Mentors aren’t tutors, so they might not know all the answers to your questions. Instead, they will help you find information and resources, understand assessment briefs and rubrics, and help you plan for the semester.

Peer Mentors are not available for every course at RMIT. Check the list of current courses in the app Vygo under ‘Find your course’, or email peer.mentoring@rmit.edu.au.

You can contact a mentor with questions about your course, or you can ask for general support with study skills, using the RMIT University Library, or navigating RMIT services. Mentors can help you with:

  • Understanding assessment rubrics
  • Finding academic resources
  • Practicing tutorial questions
  • Connecting with study support services such as Ask the Library
  • Exploring campus, study areas and tips and tricks
  • Encouragement and support
  • Building confidence to ask questions, speak up in lectures or contact academics
  • Breaking down tasks and identifying study goals.

Mentors can’t directly answer assignment questions; instead, they can share their own experiences and talk you through any concerns or challenges you might be facing. Please don’t ask mentors to:

To find and connect with mentors, you need to use an app called Vygo. Vygo is an online peer mentoring platform that has been developed for universities. You can access it in any web browser (see the instructions above).

With Vygo, you can:

  • Browse mentor profiles and choose mentors to connect with (you can choose more than one)
  • Talk with your mentors using in-built instant messaging or a video call
  • Ask mentors a quick question, or schedule regular catch ups
  • Leave feedback about your mentors.

To become a peer mentor for undergraduate and postgraduate by coursework programs, you must:

  • be a current student with grades of 75% and above in any of the supported courses,
  • have completed these courses in the past 12 months,
  • be interested in developing your leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • receive an invitation from the peer mentoring team to apply to become a peer mentor.

If you meet these conditions, you will need to:

  • attend compulsory training on the date and time specified by the team,
  • obtain a voluntary or paid Working With Children Check (Melbourne mentors).

Please note places are limited and successful applications are not guaranteed.

Learn more about becoming a Peer Mentor in the Position Description (PDF, 152KB).

Email peer.mentoring@rmit.edu.au if you have any questions about becoming a mentor.

When you become part of the peer mentoring community, you will:

  • consolidate your own knowledge of the subject you mentor in,
  • develop sought-after skills like time management, communication, leadership and facilitation,
  • enhance your résumé.

Volunteering as a peer mentor also contributes toward the Future Edge program.

In the first instance, you will need to find time to attend compulsory training. Then you will volunteer your time over the semester as needed.

Not every RMIT course has peer mentoring available. If you'd like a mentor but can't find your course, please email peer.mentoring@rmit.edu.au.

You can browse the supported courses on Vygo using the ‘Find your course’ program cards. Either scroll through the list, or type the name of your course into the search box. Supported courses change each semester.

Mentors are students and not tutors, so there might be occasions where a mentor cannot help you. If this happens, they might be able to suggest another mentor or another service.

Many students will talk with multiple mentors, so choose mentors specific to your courses or find one that will help you with general study questions.

If you decide that a particular mentor is not a good fit, or if you don’t get a response, look for another mentor.

Email peer.mentoring@rmit.edu.au if you have any concerns.

Yes, Vygo is secure – you can only access it with your RMIT login, and you don’t need to give any personal information to your mentors. For further information, read Vygo’s Privacy Policy (PDF, 139KB).

If you use other platforms like discord or WhatsApp to communicate with peer mentors, RMIT cannot provide oversight or assistance.

The peer mentoring service is provided for free to RMIT students by the RMIT University Library.

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