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Student Learning Drop In offers individualised service designed to help you develop your academic writing and study skills. This free service is open to all students and is available on the Sandy Bay, Newnham, and Cradle Coast campuses or online. The Student Learning Drop In team is made up of specially trained students who have been successful in their own studies so far. Being students, they have first-hand experience of the academic skills needed to succeed at University. Their role is to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have related to your assignment and provide further guidance if required.

When visiting Student Learning Drop In, the Student Learning Mentors will work with you one-on-one on areas you would like to improve, provide advice and support to develop your skills. During semesters 1 & 2, you can visit Student Learning Drop In either in person or online to seek guidance and support with how to:

  • approach an assignment and assignment planning
  • structure an essay
  • develop an argument
  • paraphrase and summarise
  • reference
  • navigate MyLO
  • English speaking practice
  • numeracy
  • and other study related questions

No appointment is necessary, and you can visit as often as you like.

How can I access Student Learning Drop In?

Student Learning Drop In is funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Students and Mentors at the Student Learning Drop In

I feel very comfortable in the Drop-In space because I don’t feel judged on how much I don’t know and I feel like they know what I am going through.

Melati, Bachelor of Arts

Our Student Learning Mentors





Cradle Coast/Online


Become a Student Learning Drop In Mentor

The Student Learning Drop-In positions are highly rewarding opportunity to improve your communication, teamwork and leadership skills as well as inspire and help others. As a Student Learning Mentor you will receive training and ongoing professional development which you can add to your CV.

Mentors are not tutors. Their role is to facilitate students to develop their own study and writing skills, to pass on tips for success, and share strategies.

To be eligible to become a Student Learning Mentor, students should:

    • Have a high level of communication and interpersonal skills
    • Be able to attend ongoing professional development and participate in collaborative team meeting.  
    • Feel comfortable connecting with others one-on-one either in-person or online
    • Be a team player and be available to around 6 hours per week
    • Be a current undergraduate student at the University of Tasmania and have completed at least two full semesters of study
    • Have a positive attitude towards study

And have the following attributes:  

    • Enjoy meeting and communicating with a diverse range of people
    • Friendly nature
    • Enjoy helping others
    • Have patience
    • A high level of academic success

As the Student Learning Mentor positions attract a great deal of interest we strongly encourage applicants to visit the Career Peers prior to applying for assistance with their resume, addressing the selection criteria and developing strong interview skills.