Peer assistants

Swinburne peer assistants (SPAs)

Swinburne peer assistants (sometimes called SPAs) are Swinburne students selected and trained to provide informal one-to-one support to other students from the same study area.

SPAs have done well in their study and can give course and/or faculty-specific advice, as well as provide guidance to accessing other academic and support services.

How to find a peer assistant

There’s a drop-in centre you can visit at:

Location: AD building, Level 1, Room AD108
Opening hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, Monday to Friday

You can Skype a peer assistant from your faculty from 11.30am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday, using the following handles:

Faculty of Business and Law: swin.spa.fbl
Faculty of Health, Arts and Design: swin.spa.fhad
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology: swin.spa.fset

You’ll also often see SPAs (look for the bright red gear!) roaming the Hawthorn campus, offering information, advice and support on the spot. Stop for a chat if you have a question – they’re happy to help.

Student learning assistants (SLAs)

If you visit the Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) drop-in centre for academic support, you have the option of working with a student learning assistant (SLA) if you wish. 

The LAS Centre trains SLAs to provide you with high-quality academic skills development. It's a good option if you would prefer to work with a fellow student rather than a senior learning adviser.