Become a Student Learning Assistant

Student Learning Assistants volunteer alongside professional Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) Advisors to assist fellow students in developing their learning and academic skills.

The Student Learning Assistant is provided with an opportunity to develop skills and techniques to clarify students’ learning needs, including referral to a range of appropriate resources in face-to-face and virtual formats, within and outside of the LAS Centre.

Why become a Student Learning Assistant?

• Interact closely with students from a wide range of backgrounds;
• participate collaborative peer-to-peer learning;
• build and develop personal knowledge through initial and ongoing training;
• reflect on learning in the role;
• learn skills to improve employability beyond your studies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage students in critical dialogue on their work/tasks, using a range of techniques, and assist them in developing learning and academic study skills.
  • Commit to professional development through attendance at training workshops.
  • Provide effective peer-to-peer support to students and model positive behaviour at all times.
  • Promote drop-in consultations and other activities offered by the LAS Centre.
  • Contribute to a positive team dynamic.
  • Give and receive focused feedback.
  • Collect student attendance data

Student Learning Assistant(s) will also develop skills by observing and contributing to other activities, such as, but not limited to:

  • Promoting LAS and SLA activities.
  • Program administration and collating attendance data.

What we expect of Student Learning Assistants

Students need to meet certain criteria before applying to become a student learning assistant. You should:

  • Be enrolled as a Swinburne student.
  • Have a sound academic record.
  • Demonstrate the ability to facilitate discussions.
  • Create a friendly and supportive learning environment.
  • Have an interest in engaging with students from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Have strong communication and management skills.

Student learning assistants will primarily be engaged in LAS drop-in sessions conducted in the Library, level 2, the Latelab area from:

  • 10am-8pm, Monday to Thursday;
  • 10am-4pm on Fridays; and
  • 12pm-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

How to apply

Send your CV and a response to how to satisfy the eligibility requirements to Dr Stephen Price (swprice@swin.edu.au) and Kathryn Wallace (kwallace@swin.edu.au).

Applications: SLA appointments are generally selected at the beginning or early in the semester. However, positions may become available during the semester so, please send in your application. Applicants will attend interviews and successful candidates will attend an induction and training session.

Student Learning Assistants are recognised for their responsible leadership roles with a scholarship payment and will be eligible for a campus award from the Emerging Leader Program upon completion of the program.