As educators, we play a critical role in motivating our students to want to improve their academic performance and in fostering the belief that they are in charge of their own learning journey. In addition, we play a vital role in teaching students how to effectively critique content and best use research in an information-rich world. Andrew Martin, from the University of Sydney, looked to the sporting arena to find new ways to motivate and engage students. Personal best measures are a motivational tool commonly used in sports training. Martin reasoned that if focusing on self-improvement (personal bests) produced elite athletes then it might well improve academic performance, too. Martin's motivation and engagement scale forms the heart of Swinburne University's academic personal best program. Whereas Martin's research focused on individual work, we are trialling a group mentoring approach to use the psychological benefits and support gained from a group environment. The overall aim of the program is to ensure better support, retention and success of students undertaking higher education for the first time.