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:

  • one-on-one consultations – book an appointment on this page
  • Back on Track program (via Canvas)
  • Strategies for Success program
  • Mindful Swinburne program (via Canvas)
  • support for ‘at risk’ and ‘show cause’ students, as well as students on ‘conditions’.

Book an appointment

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

Our service is available to students studying UniLink, undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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
+61 3 9214 3574

Location: BA Building, Room 915

Andrew Helberg
Monday to Friday
+61 3 9214 8661

Have you been asked to meet with an Academic Development Adviser?

If you've been asked to meet with an Academic Development Adviser because you're having problems with your academic performance, please download an academic progress plan. Bring this form with you – your adviser will help you fill it out. 

Download the academic progress plan

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