What is the GSA Study Buddies Program?

The GSA Study Buddies Program encourages graduate students to stay focused leading into the first couple of weeks of the exam period, with the aid of social study.

Coursework graduate students can register with GSA, either as a group of six to eight students from the same discipline/faculty or as an individual (to be allocated to a group by GSA).

Each group will have a minimum of one one-hour study session each week leading into the exam period, with the first session to be held over Zoom by a GSA staff member. Groups will then agree on and manage their subsequent study sessions, including preferred study mode (online or in-person).

We will be holding a friendly competition amongst groups to complete the largest number of study hours, with $20 supermarket vouchers per person for the winning group. All participants who attend three study sessions (and fill in the post-program evaluation) will receive a gift of GSA merchandise.

How do I sign up?

Sign up by completing the registration form here.

When is the program running?

Registration will open at 12noon Wednesday 12 May 2021 and close at 5pm on Wednesday 19 May 2021. The program will run for four weeks, between Monday 24 May and Friday 18 June, 2021.

The winning group will be announced the week starting Monday 21 June.

Can I join after the start date?

You can join after the official start date, either as a group or as an individual to be allocated to a group. However, if you want to enter the competition late, you will have some catching up to do!

Please note that we can only accommodate up to ten study groups and will close registration once this limit is reached.

Can I register as an individual?

Yes, you can register as an individual. This is a great way to make friends while keeping up with your studies. We will allocate you to a group of other students from your discipline. If we do not have enough students registered from your discipline, we will allocate you to a group in a cognate area if possible.

Can I register as a group?

Yes, you can register as a group of up to eight students. Each group member should fill in the registration form so we have each member’s details. Please also tell us the name of your group, and the name and email address of the main contact person for your group.

Your group can be less than eight students, but the competition is based on the largest number of person-hours in a group – so it is easier for a bigger group!

How does the competition work?

Groups will compete to have the most person-hours of group study. The winning group will receive a $20 supermarket voucher per person.

Groups wishing to participate in the competition must email GSA Events a screenshot or photo of their study session showing all attendees, for each session. The screenshot should show the duration of the session (so take the screenshot at the end of the session).

If a group holds more than one session each week, additional sessions count towards their progress in the competition, but each session will only count for up to one hour each, even if they go for longer than one hour.

Please note that we will review group reporting for honesty and may re-allocate the prize if a group is found to be misreporting for the purpose of winning.

How do I receive my free GSA merchandise?

Each person from a registered study group that holds at least three sessions and fills in the evaluation form, will receive a free piece of GSA merchandise such as a KeepCup.

This will be distributed at the conclusion of the program and will be available for collection from the GSA reception desk located in the 1888 Building on the Parkville Campus.

What will we do in the study sessions?

One group member will volunteer to be the group moderator who ensures the group stays on task, and reports back to GSA if taking part in the competition.

In each session, students are invited to discuss course content and work on sample problems or exams as a group. Each student is expected to come to the session with one discussion question for the group to talk through. We will allocate students to disciplinary study groups wherever possible.

A GSA staff member will attend the beginning of each group’s initial session to explain the intention of the program and how the competition will work.

Further information

If you require further information about the GSA Study Buddies Program, please email GSA Events.

GSA Study Buddies Application Form

Study Buddies Application 2021

The GSA Study Buddies Program is only open to graduate students at the University of Melbourne.

Please note that we will allocate individuals using using your faculty as first preference. We will then aim to allocate based on your availability. While we will do everything possible to allocate individuals with matching time slots, there may be times where your availabilities don't match up.


Graduate Student Association