What is an Academic Development Adviser?

Academic Development Advisers work collaboratively with students to help them overcome any academic or personal challenges that are impacting their studies.

We advise, encourage, inform, mentor and teach students throughout their entire university career.

How we can assist you

Academic Development Advisers can help you to:

  • recover academically and get your studies back on track
  • identify and achieve your educational and personal goals
  • acquire new skills and attitudes that promote academic success
  • perform at your best at university. 

We can assist you with building motivation, goal-setting techniques, decision-making and problem-solving skills, time management skills, tackling procrastination, and learning and academic skills development.

What we offer

Academic Development Advisers provide the following services to students:

We offer face-to-face, video and telephone appointments to work collaboratively with students and explore their choices, overcome challenges, problem solve and assist them in creating a plan to move forward.

We work with students who are are newly enrolled, require some early intervention or who have been designated as being at risk, on conditions or asked to show cause.

These two programs have been set up to enable students who have experienced difficulties in their studies to reconnect with their education and training, become focused about finishing their courses and progress into ‘good standing’ in terms of their academic status.

Importantly, these programs get students ‘back on track’ by helping them to develop strong and sustainable academic foundations that will help with positive study pathways and full participation in their courses. 

These programs offer online modules that take a deep dive into modern ideas and theories about maintaining motivation, improving time management, reducing procrastination, as well as enhancing study techniques, and strategies to help improve academic progress.

Back on Track sessions will be on campus each week for Semester 2, 2021. These sessions are designed for discussion, connection with peers and support from Academic Development Advisers. 

  • Arts, Design and Health courses: Tuesday, 11.30am–12.30pm, BA804
  • Business and Law courses: Wednesday, 10.30–11.30am, BA804
  • Engineering, IT and Science courses: Monday, 2.30–3.30pm, EN202

In addition to on-campus sessions, online sessions will be running via Collaborate Ultra. To get involved in these, please get in contact with the Academic Development Adviser for your area of study. These will be run: 

  • Arts, Design and Health courses: Monday, 11.30am
  • Business and Law courses: Tuesday, 2pm
  • Engineering, IT and Science courses: Tuesday, 2pm

Be Mindful is a meditation and mindfulness program designed to facilitate wellbeing, promote awareness and compassion, and deepen connection to ourselves and one another.

It provides the vibrant and diverse Swinburne community reliable tools to access the present moment and navigate through the world of work, study and relationships more mindfully.

The program offers in-person and online guided sessions, and a space for authentic connection and community.

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Other student support programs

Strategies for Success is an in-person and live online program designed for newly enrolled students who need assistance transitioning to tertiary education, as well as returning students who would like additional ideas and strategies to help them succeed at university.

It includes live, recorded and on-campus sessions alongside self-directed learning modules and is held two weeks before each semester starts.

Reflection Week is strategically placed in Week 3 every semester just before the important census date. It gives students the opportunity to reflect on how the first few weeks of their studies have gone and to reach out for support services to ensure their study, performance and goals are aligned.

Book an appointment

Contact the Academic Development Adviser for your area of study to book an appointment.

If you need help enrolling in units or planning/changing your course structure, check out our enrolment page.

John Schwartz
Monday to Friday
+61 3 9214 8377

Location: AS Building, Room 422

Kieran O'Shea
Monday to Friday
+61 3 9214 8408

Meropy Barut
Monday and Tuesday
Conducting online Back on Track sessions on Tuesdays at 2pm

Location: BA Building, Room 915

Andrew Helberg
Monday to Friday
+61 3 9214 8661

John Schwarts ('At Risk' students only)
Monday to Friday
+61 3 9214 8377

Location: AS Building, Room 422

Looking for extra study support?

If it’s been a while since you studied last, if you just want to learn some new ways to improve your marks, or if your grades are faltering, the Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) Centre is designed to help you achieve your academic goals. 

Find out more