FIRST YEAR MENTORING - offered by some Academic Departments
The First Year Student Mentoring mentoring programme aims to:
- *Help the student in successfully adapting to the academic, social and physical environment of the University
- Foster self-esteem and self-confidence in the student
- Provide a personal link to the University
WHY DO STUDENTS NEED MENTORS?
- All students and particularly young people from time to time need encouragement and support to complete their education. In some cases they receive little support otherwise and may need to be reminded that they are doing something well in order to sustain them on an ongoing basis in college.
- Some young people have a limited life experience and benefit from the encounter with a person from outside their usual environment who can enable them to broaden their horizons.
- First Year students are sometimes unaware of the investment of time and energy required of them if they are to derive maximum benefit from their university education.
OPERATION OF THE MENTORING PROGRAMME
- All students will meet their mentors in the first weeks of College.
- At the first meeting mentors spend time getting to know their students and subsequently set up a time, location and date for their next meeting. A further meeting will again take place in early February and a final scheduled meeting should be set up for later in Semester Two.
- Mentors try to be reasonably accessible throughout the academic year, and particularly so in Semester One and the beginning of Semester Two.
Bear in mind that a Mentor is not:
- A substitute parent
- A personal counsellor
- A teacher
- A social worker
- A bank
- A reporting system
Last edited: Wednesday, 28-Oct-2009 11:00:35 GMT