Academic Advising

Book an Academic Advising session

Skype meetings now available - Tuesday only

Your Academic Advisor will email a Skype link to your one day 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 prior to your appointment.

• Once you download the app, you can launch a meeting with your Academic Advisor by following the same instructions above.

• If you have any questions prior to your Skype meeting or have trouble logging in on the day, please email your advisor at

Where do I book in to see my Advisor?

We are located in the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre, Ground floor (G01) Morven Brown from Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. Phone: (02) 9385 2289. Ask a question

You can find the advising schedule for your program and book an appointment using our online booking system.

Who needs to book in to see an Academic Advisor?

If you are enrolled in an Arts and Social Sciences program, and have been contacted by the University regarding your Academic Standing, you must book in to see an Academic Advisor to discuss your progress.

If you have not been contacted by the University and/or are on Good Academic Standing, you may still want to book an appointment if you relate to any of the 8 Red Flags You Should See an Academic Advisor (PDF) [86 Kb].

What is an Academic Advising appointment?

This confidential 30-minute session will provide you with a review of progress and academic advice. You will find it easier to overcome difficulties or barriers using relevant support services that are available to you at UNSW and your Student Academic Support Advisor can help you map out strategies accordingly.

The Student Academic Support Team can also provide early intervention plans to help you improve your academic performance and complete specific academic goals during your program. If you are having issues with the course content, readings, attendance or assessments, you need to let your tutor or course know. If you are not comfortable approaching them, your Academic Advisor can provide you with some strategies.

Do I need to prepare anything before the meeting?

No. You will be asked to provide information in your booking and your Academic Advisor will ask you to fill in a short survey to discuss what you believe is interfering with studies.

If you are applying for Special Consideration, please bring evidence to your meeting, if possible. The same is true if you are an international student planning to reduce your study load.

If you are registered with Disability Unit, Elite Athlete Program or are of Indigenous background, you are welcome to make that known at the meeting for specialised advice.

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.

Contact the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre

The Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre is the first point of contact for advice about your program and other related matters.

To find out more information about academic advising, visit the UNSW academic advising and support website.