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Postgraduate Mentor Program: FAQ

Want to know more about the Postgraduate Mentor Program? Check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions or get in contact with the program coordinator.

Who can apply?

  • The Program is open to students who are studying a PhD, Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate

  • The Program is available to ALL postgraduate students, including those studying at the Bentley campus, the Kalgoorlie WASM campus, and students who are studying externally. It is also available to part-time students

  • Mentees will be postgraduate students in their first six months of study.

How does it work?

New postgraduate students are given the opportunity to sign up to a peer mentor who is studying in the same school.

Mentors provide guidance and advice on a range of different matters.

Higher Degree by Research students can expect mentors to provide the following:

  • feedback on research projects and candidacy proposals

  • advice on surviving the candidacy process and working with supervisors

  • a chance to participate in a collaborative and supportive research environment

  • access to a cross-disciplinary research culture.

Coursework students can expect mentors to provide advice and guidance on the following issues:

  • how to prepare for exams

  • workload management

  • assessment preparation

  • balancing study and social life

  • learning strategies

  • general campus information, including support services.

The mentoring relationship finishes at the end of semester.

What are the benefits of mentoring?

Becoming a postgraduate mentor has many benefits, including:

  • Leadership training and experience

  • A Certificate of Participation

  • Opportunities to develop communication, motivation, and time management skills

  • A greater involvement in the Curtin student community

  • Peer networking opportunities

How are mentors trained?

When students apply to be mentors, they are sent a training package by the program coordinator. The training package should not take more than 30 minutes to read and complete.

What is the time commitment?

Mentoring is a flexible process – each student will have different needs and some mentoring relationships may require more time than others. The Postgraduate Mentor Program is designed to not take more than 25 hours per semester.

Why is my mentor/mentee in a different course from me?

The program aims to match students together who are in the same School, but may not necessary be in the exact same course. Because the program is focused on providing new students with guidance and access to support, rather than academic mentoring, the mentors are not required to have specific knowledge of the same disciplinary areas as their mentees. However, it is helpful for the mentors to be in the same School, so they can help the mentees navigate the administrative and staffing structures unique to each School.

Are mentors paid for their work?

Mentors are volunteers and are not paid for their work. However, there are other incentives for participating in the Postgraduate Mentor Program, such as leadership experience, professional development, and becoming involved in Curtin’s postgraduate community.