Wednesday 4 May 2011

Become a Peer Mentor!

Peer Mentoring

Peer Support is a student-to-student support programme that has been in existence for over 10 years. Peer Mentoring forms part of this programme whereby higher year students provide help and support to lower year students. Although usually of a social nature, Mentors may provide some academic help to students, e.g. advice on course options, but not academic material.

In EAS Peer Mentoring normally takes place in the first semester during the Academic Development course. Peer Mentors are part of the teaching process and being in the scheme is a good way of being part of the department, seeing how courses work from a different perspective, and, of course, for developing your CV (especially if you would like to teach or be involved in job that involves training or interpersonal skills). If you want to discuss being a Peer Mentor contact the Undergraduate Programme Director, Dr. Alan Rawes, who will put you in contact with Joe White.

If you would like to be involved next year visit:

Peer Mentoring - the key points

Take a look at the supporting Mentor Material online for more information on what to expect from training and mentoring, as well as the benefits of being a Peer Mentor. Here are some of the key points to consider to give you an idea of what being a Peer Mentor entails.

As a good mentor you must:
  • Attend 2 hour training session (and Planning Ahead session where applicable). Book onto a training session using the online sign up (    
  • Attend Welcome Week induction—meet and greet event organised by coordinators
  • Sustain contact and communication; with mentees and coordinators
As a good mentor, you will:
  • Contribute to the development of your scheme—working with the coordinator and mentors within your discipline.
  • Help organise events for your mentees—course related or social
What to expect:
  • Regular contact from coordinators 
  • Additional training and support if required 
  • Additional opportunities provided by Students as Partners
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