O to 4 Mentor Program

A mentoring program developed for students by students.

The O' to 4 Mentor program gives our new students a helping hand to get started by linking them with an experienced UQ student who will guide them through O-Week to Week 4. Our mentors create a friendly and supportive environment to assist students with navigation, goal setting, getting started at UQ, social connection and introduce them to their Faculty and School. The program runs on our St Lucia, Herston and Gatton campuses. 

If you have completed your first semester at UQ and have a GPA of at least 4.0 you are eligible to apply to be an O to 4 Mentor.

Applications for 2018 are now open. 

Apply to be a mentor Sign up as a new student 

As an O’ to 4 Mentor, you will translate the skills and knowledge you have gained from your uni experience into tips and guidance for new students. This can include your tips on how best to prepare for their first assignment to finding the best coffee on campus. 

The program is a great way to give back to the UQ community while also developing leadership, communication and coaching skills. All mentors who complete the program can get credit towards the UQ Employability Award

How it works

The program runs from O-Week to Week 4 every semester. We encourage our O' to 4 Mentors to meet face-to-face with their mentee group during O-Week to help them settle into university life. The O' to 4 Mentor program is flexible to suit both you and your group's needs. You can choose to communicate via our online platform each week or organise face-to-face meetings. 

As an O' to 4 Mentor, you will be expected to:

  • be available for a maximum of 3 hours a week from O-Week to Week 4,
  • attend the O' to 4 Mentor Induction which will provide training in coaching and positive role modelling strategies,
  • maintain agreements to meet in-person with your mentee group, and
  • contribute to the development and enhancement of the program by providing constructive feedback.

Who can be a mentor

All students who have completed their first semester at UQ and have a GPA of at least 4.0 are eligible to apply. This includes both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

As you will be communicating with new students from a variety of different backgrounds it's important to be able to empathise and understand issues surrounding transitioning to university. 

Applications for 2018 are now open. 

Apply to be a mentor

 

Connecting with others early on in your uni career helps you to make a successful start. Your O' to 4 Mentor can help you navigate O-Week, share tips about note-taking and study strategies, help you explore the campus and help you transition to life at UQ. 

How it works

When you sign up for the O' to 4 Mentor program, we will match you with a group of new students and a mentor based on a variety of factors. These can include your faculty, your area of study, your interests, and your personal preferences as indicated by you through the sign-up process.

You will be introduced to your group mentor via our online mentoring platform and your student email. You can choose to continue to communicate online or to meet up in person with your mentor throughout your first weeks. Most of our current participants organise to meet up during O’Week.

Who can join

The O’ to 4 Mentor program supports students in their first semester at UQ. This includes high school leavers,  transfer students and new mature aged students. As our mentors come from a variety of different ages and backgrounds, we do our best where possible to match new students with a group and a mentor with who they can connect best with.

Sign up as a new student 

Connect to UQ

If you have completed your first semester, but still want help connecting to UQ there are a variety of opportunities available to you. This includes other mentoring programs,  UQ  Union clubs and societies, and volunteering at UQ. Student Services also supports students to access counselling and learning advice. 

 

Need more information

General enquiries about the program can be directed to mentoring@uq.edu.au

Aishath O to 4 Mentor

"Some knowledge can only be gained through experience. Being a mentor enabled me to share my university experiences and some uni-life hacks to help my mentee with his very first semester of university. More importantly, it made me feel important and strongly connected to the awesome UQ community."

- Aishath (O' to 4 Mentor, 2017)