In-semester study support

These programs offer a range of activities to assist you with your learning and studying during the semester.

Drop-in learning support with PLAs

PLAs (Peer Learning Advisors) are high performing students who have been carefully selected to help you with your study and assignments. They are friendly and eager for you to drop-in and ask them about

  • Planning & writing assignments
  • referencing
  • presenting to others
  • completing maths and statistical tasks
  • managing your time

PLAs are from many different discipline areas, for example, Health Sciences, Education, Pharmacy. They can be found at the Bundoora and City campuses as well as Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton.

Semester 2 PLA Timetable

Please note: PLAs are located in the University's libraries. They are not available on University holidays.

City Campus

The PLAs are located in room 2.23A - Level 2, La Trobe City Campus, 360 Collins St

Tuesday: 11am-2pm

Thursday: 11am-2pm

Mid-semester break:

Tuesday: 11am-2pm

Thursday: 11am-2pm


The PLAs are located in the middle of the Library, near the new ASK La Trobe space. Look for a yellow sign hanging from the roof that says ‘Peer Learning Advisors’.

Monday – Thursday: 10am-4pm

Friday: 11am - 2pm

Maths/stats help available

Mondays 12pm-2pm - a PLA with expertise in maths/stats will be available to help students with developing core skills in maths/stats. Please drop by if you need some support (no appointments needed).

Mid-Semester break & swot vac

Monday – Friday: 11am-2pm

The PLAs can be found in the Library

Mon – Fri 11.00 – 3.00

The PLAs can be found at the entrance of the Library opposite the ASK La Trobe desk
Mon - Thur 10am - 4pm
Fri - 10am - 2:00pm

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday:

10am – 12pm in the Brain Grogan Foyer

12pm – 2pm in the Gambetta Library

Thursday & Friday

12pm – 2pm in the Gambetta Library


The PLAs can be found in the front study space on campus

Mon - Wed 11am - 4pm

Thurs - 11am - 2.30pm

Please check with Reception to confirm weekly availability

Peer-supported learning in disciplines

Join a discipline specific peer-lead study group to get the most out of your studies. Peer Learning Advisors (PLAs) with recent experience of studying in specific discipline areas are running study support workshops each week (starting in week 2) during the semester. You can join the entire semester long program or attend a particular workshop that interests you.

Simply come along to one of these weekly sessions. Ask your local PLAs for more information on this program.

You can also check out the following self-paced resources:

Strategies for academic success – Business

Strategies for academic success – Humanities

Strategies for academic success – Health Sciences


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Location Subject
Arts and Humanities


Health Science




Shepparton (weeks 4 -9)




Social Work

Albury-Wodonga (weeks 4-9)
Arts and Humanities


Health Sciences

Science (weeks 3-4)

Mildura (weeks 3-13)

Social Work



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Smarthinking is accessible in a selected number of subjects from a link, which is embedded into subject LMS sites. Please ask your tutor about this service.

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