e-pal program

Beginning university is a new and exciting experience, but it also comes with a whole host of challenges such as how to navigate around the campus, understanding expectations, effective use of study time, making friends etc.  The adjustment to university life and study can take some time but it can be made smoother with some assistance from others who have been in the same situation.  The best people to offer this assistance are students who really understand university life from a student perspective. The Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences (EAS) runs an e-pal program that is designed to help new students make a smoother transition into university.  

The e-pal program

This program has been designed to:

  • provide a framework for positive interaction between students and staff within the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences ,
  • orientate new students to the university culture, together with the services and programs available to them,
  • enable new students to understand the challenges and opportunities of university and
  • impact positively on the success of first year students and ultimately all students of UniSA.

What is an e-pal?

An e-pal is a continuing UniSA student who has volunteered to provide support to a group of commencing students. 

What does an e-pal do?

Through regular email contact, e-pals will assist their assigned students by:

  • providing information to new students about university life and study,
  • answering questions the new students may be reluctant to ask of a university staff member,
  • providing important links and social connections for starting students,
  • helping to build their confidence and independence  and
  • helping new students to feel that there is someone they can contact.

For more information about the e-pal program, please contact:

Lorraine Overton
Project Officer: Orientation and Transition
T: +61 8 8302 4209
E: lorraine.overton@unisa.edu.au  

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