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SLAMs celebrates five years enhancing students’ learning experience

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 18:15
Students are consulting SLAMs mentors about their courses.

An award-winning program supporting academic mentoring by students for students has celebrated five years at RMIT Vietnam.

The Student Learning Advisor Mentors (SLAMs) program providing academic peer-to-peer mentoring for more than 26 courses across RMIT Vietnam's three centres has celebrated its fifth-year anniversary.

Adam Corrall, Senior Manager of the Learning Skills Unit, said: "The SLAMs mentors are high quality course-specific role models who are greatly respected by both academic teaching staff and students.

"This unique model of academic peer assistance is an example of best practice in providing student support," Mr. Corrall said.

"The mentors and mentees consistently demonstrate increased motivation and desire to succeed with their academic programs."

SLAMs began at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South Campus in 2009 with 15 mentors supporting students with their academic learning across 10 core business courses.

The success enabled the service to be launched in Hanoi in 2011 with 12 mentors supporting three courses.

To date, 3,258 students have benefitted from the SLAMs program.

Mr. Corrall said: "To expand the scope of academic support, there are real differentiation opportunities for additional SLAMs services, namely course specific early intervention buddy partnerships, mentoring articles, and cross disciplinary student academic support projects, to name a few."

To have SLAMs in a course, students need to come and talk to the Learning Skill Unit (LSU).

Mr. Corrall said: "When we are considering whether a course is suitable for SLAMs, we look at student numbers, student demand, the course's perceived difficulty, pass/fail rates, and whether the course has an available lecturer to promote this service with their course students."