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Student Mentor Program

The Student Mentor Program is a volunteer program designed to connect students with student mentors to support and encourage them to achieve their potential. Students may want a mentor for a number of reasons and so we have a number of different styles of mentor available including Buddy, Study Coach, and Subject Champion. Each of these is aimed at guiding you to get the most out of your experience here at JCU Brisbane - and the most out of your potential!

So whether you are new to Brisbane, new to university or your just want to hone your study, leadership or people skills, The James Cook University Brisbane Mentoring Program is here to help.

Finding a Mentor or Becoming a Mentor

You can register to become mentee by completing filling out an application form which you can find on Level 2, or by emailing the program coordinator Vizak Gagrat at

Due date for Mentee applications is the end of the 3rd week of each trimesters. Applications made after this date will be considered, however it is possible that there will be no more mentors available by this stage.

Applications to become a mentor must be made by week 8 of each trimester.


It can be daunting when you first arrive in a new country, city, and university. Mentors know what it is like being new - only they have found their way around, have a good understanding of their degree and are achieving good results.  You will be able to learn from them as they share with you their experiences regarding their study experience at JCUB and living in a new and different country.

Study Coach

You know your way around Brisbane - even uni! But perhaps your study commitments are becoming a weight that is increasingly harder to bear. A Study Coach can help you learn valuable skills aimed at mastering the management of your study while providing support and encouragement to help you on your way to achieving your academic (and personal!) potential. Study Coaches won't necessarily have studies the same subjects as you, but these mentors know what it takes to apply oneself and want to share their experiences with you so that you can become the best you can be.

Subject Champion

Despite all the skills, friends and support, every now and then there is a subject that proves more challenging than others. Our Subject Champions specialise in one or more subjects and conduct either group, or one-on-one study sessions with students. These mentors are high achievers in their chosen area. They are passionate and ready to share their insights with you to help to master those tricky subjects!

Please be aware that all mentors are volunteers, which means that not all subjects will be offered by subject champions every semester. While we do our best to connect you with the assistance you require, our subject champions are subject to availability.

More information

For more information check out some of the following links or contact the program coordinator Vizak Gagrat at

The Role of a Mentor

  • Meet and greet new students on Orientation Day.
  • Contact the Mentee on a regular basis on weeks 3, 6 & 9 each trimester.
  • Provide support and encouragement to the Mentee.
  • Recognise and recruit new Mentors for the program.
  • Positively promote the program.
  • Attend training and professional development seminars.
  • Clarify, where necessary, University policy/procedures to new students.
  • Network and liaise with new students and faculty staff when necessary.
  • Participate, and encourage participation, of Mentees in various trimester events such as picnics, seminars, social and games nights, academic and training workshops.


  • Mentors are not paid, it is a voluntary position.
  • A certificate of appreciation and training are offered as an incentive.
  • Possibility of rewarding mentors with freebies.
  • Mentoring provides an opportunity to learn.  Mentors are able to practice leadership, communication and teamwork skills, all of which are vital to any employer.

We are recruiting!

JCU Brisbane invites you to take part in our Student Mentor Program this trimester.

We are looking for mentors and mentees from all disciplines.

Whether you are interested in mentoring a fellow student or being mentored, we would like to hear from you!

For more information about the program, please contact us on 3001 7809 or visit us at the Student Resource Centre, level 2.