The SDA experience


What do Student Development Advisers offer

During your appointment an Adviser will work with you to:

  • discuss your educational, personal and career goals
  • help you make a plan that focuses on your development and your entire University experience
  • discuss ways you can take advantage of the available curricular and co-curricular opportunities
  • access a range of support and services specific to your needs
  • understand your rights and responsibilities as a student at La Trobe University
  • work with you on getting the most out of your University experience.

While our advisors have generalist knowledge of your course and opportunities at the university they may refer you for more specific advice where needed.

Types of concerns you may discuss with a SDA

You may discuss a variety of topics with your SDA. If your situation isn’t mentioned, that doesn’t mean we can’t assist you. Please get in touch and if we’re not the right people to help you, we can connect you with people who can.

Some examples you may come and see a SDA for:

  • I’m struggling with course expectations
  • I’ve failed a subject and need some support
  • I've moved here to study
  • I’ve come straight from high school
  • I’ve been out of school for a long time
  • I don’t have motivation to study
  • I don’t like studying at university
  • I feel like I’m going to fail my course
  • I have too much going on and can’t cope with study
  • I need someone to talk to but not sure who
  • I don’t understand what is required of me as a university student
  • I want to get more involved.

How long are appointments?

Appointments are around 30 minutes and available Monday to Friday.

You will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of things - like what you think uni is all about - and the actions you need to take at university and beyond to get where you want to be.