Academic Advising

You’d be wiser to see your academic advisor.

Book an Academic Advising session

*When making a booking, please include your zID in ‘Reason for appointment’

Changes to meeting location

As of Monday, January 14th, academic advising appointments will take place in The Nucleus: Student Hub, located in the Main Library level 2.

Meetings with Advisor 1 will take place in Room 1 and meetings with Advisor 2 will take place in Room 2.

How to contact us

You can direct questions regarding academic advising and the information provided below to:

Please include your zID.

Note: During peak periods, there may be a delay in email response.

What is academic advising and what happens during an appointment?

Academic advising is a unique service that looks at your program structure and considers how various factors can impact (or have impacted) your academic performance and ability to progress. Personalised academic advice is provided based on all available program options in favour of your earliest possible graduation date. An academic advisor can also make you aware of specialised support services within UNSW for additional help to stay on track.

This confidential 30-minute session will provide you with advice on any factor that affected your academic performance, an updated progression check, guidance with enrolment and advice navigating your course structure as a result of mitigating circumstances.

Who are my academic advisors?


Dr Alessandra Mecozzi Saha is a registered sport psychologist and Justice of Peace. She is dedicated to helping students improve their academic performance and increase their enjoyment of it.

Alessandra has worked with student athletes at Boston University, Tuffs University, high school students in Boston schools and academies, as well as hospitals in Rome and Boston, in both maternity and adolescent psychiatry.

She collaborated more locally with student-athletes from the Queensland Academy of Sport, students from the University of Southern Queensland, local high schools and Laureate International Universities before coming to UNSW.

Alessandra is an active member of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Indigenous Strategy and Disability Working Groups, and specialises in advice to Elite Athletes.


Tracy Costa brings to her role, qualifications in counselling, psychology and educational studies. She is committed to ensuring students gain the most out of their university experience in a meaningful and productive way.

Tracy has worked extensively in higher education as an educator and counsellor with a focus on encouraging student engagement through identifying their strengths, establishing clear goals, and utilising appropriate support resources.

She previously specialised in assisting music students to develop effective management strategies for addressing performance anxiety and maximising their performance potential.

Tracy is currently completing a Masters of Social Work and endeavours to incorporate a person-in-environment perspective for identifying student issues and facilitating effective early interventions.

Where do I go to see my academic advisor?

We are located in The Nucleus: Student Hub in the Library, by appointment Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

Skype meetings – every Tuesday or by request

Your Academic Advisor will email a Skype link to your student email address prior to the meeting.

• If you already have a Skype account, please click the link at the agreed meeting time. Skype will automatically connect you with your Academic Advisor.

• If you do not have a Skype account, you can still participate in a Skype meeting by downloading the Skype Meetings App in the email and then follow the same instructions above.

• Please make sure to include a best contact number when making a booking. If you have trouble logging in on the day, your academic advisor can give you a ring instead.

Do I need to prepare anything before the meeting?

No. You may wish to request a study planner if you haven’t done so already. If not, your academic advisor can help you request one. You may receive a short survey via email. This is an optional survey you can use if you wish to provide your academic advisor with more information prior to the meeting.

If you are applying for Fee Remission, your academic advisor can submit a completed form (with supporting documents attached) on your behalf.

If you are registered with Disabilities Services, Elite Athlete Program or are of Indigenous background, you are welcome to make that known prior to your meeting for specialised advice.

Advising workshops and events

Upcoming workshops: Stay tuned for future workshop offerings in 2019.

Drop-in advising

Stay tuned for drop-in hours in 2019.

Contact the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

The Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre can assist with commonly related topics.