Supplementary Academic Support

Students may apply for Supplementary Academic Support (SAS) for the following services and activities:

SAS is only for services and activities that occur within the scholarship period, and is accrued at $500 every six months for the period of the scholarship.


Tutorial assistance

SAS is for scholars who need extra support to successfully complete a subject. It is intended to complement, not replace, support provided by tutors, lecturers, Academic Skills, and other services offered by your Department/Faculty.

Students and tutors should familiarise themselves with the University's policies on plagiarism and collusion. See Academic Honesty and Plagiarism. Students and tutors should also note that tutorial assistance is not for editing or proofreading.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online SAS Application Form and upload email confirmation from your lecturer/supervisor/subject coordinator.
  2. Upon receiving approval for the Supplementary Academic Support via email, arrange tutorial session times with your tutor. Please do not pay for tutoring sessions with the expectation that you will be reimbursed before receiving this approval.
  3. Record the date and hours of each session.
  4. After the final tutoring session, complete the online Student Feedback Form including the date and hours of each tutoring session.

Please allow three days for your SAS form to be processed if you have already found a tutor, and longer if you have not found a tutor (depending on the subject, it can take a week or more to find an appropriate tutor). You should apply for SAS as soon as you find you are struggling with a subject — well before the exam period — rather than wait until there is an urgent problem.

Finding a tutor

If your lecturer/supervisor/course coordinator recommends a tutor, the recommended person should be your preferred option. If you are still unable to find a tutor, please email aus-awards@unimelb.edu.au for suggestions.

Tutors may be departmental academic staff or senior students. The hourly rate is based on the qualification of the tutor.

Master

  • Individual student $40
  • 2-3 students $50
  • 4-6 students $60

PhD

  • Individual student $45
  • 2-3 students $55
  • 4-6 students $65

Number of hours

Up to 10 hours of assistance per semester may be approved at any one time.

Additional support may be requested at the end of the 10 hours if required.

Group tutorials

Two or more Australia Awards scholars seeking assistance for the same subject may elect to share a tutor. Each student must complete a form, and each form should state the names of all group members.


Academic skills assistance

Students seeking to improve their academic English and study skills may utilise Academic Skills. For one-on-one advice, Individual Appoinments are available. You can bring a copy of a draft assessment and also the task instructions. Your adviser will identify areas of weakness, discuss these with you, and refer you to relevant resources so you can continue to develop your skills.

We encourage you to book an Individual Appointment early, as time slots often fill quickly. Note that appointments can also assist with developing time and task management skills.

Appointments are free for all University students, to a maximum of four per semester, with up to one per week. If you make your fourth appointment for the semester and think you may need more, please email the AAS team. We can then approve access to your SAS entitlement for funding at $41.35 per additional appointment.


Thesis editing

RHD students and coursework students taking a thesis of at least 25 points may apply for SAS for thesis editing after utilising other support services (including Academic Skills), and on the recommendation of their supervisor.

Students and thesis editors must familiarise themselves with the University's policy on editing of theses by third parties. See: Graduate Research Training Policy.


Statistical/data analysis

The University's Statistical Consulting Centre (SCC) offers up to 10 hours of free statistical advice to eligible Masters by research, PhD or MD students. Students who require further support, or who require support but are ineligible for the free service, may apply for SAS to fund SCC's services.

  1. Complete the online SAS Application Form and include details of the required training.
  2. Upload email confirmation from a supervisor or lecturer who can attest to the necessity of the training.

Please note that rates for the SCC's services are higher than those listed for Tutorial assistance. If working with a non-SCC tutor better suits your needs, please follow the application process for Tutorial assistance.