About the Program
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring happens when someone with more life experience forms
a supportive, coaching relationship with a less experienced person. The
goal of mentoring is to encourage students to develop effective
strategies and find a balance between school demands and other
How Will a Mentor Help Me?
A Mentor can assist with some or all of the following:
- Support and University “Survival Skills”: helping through
stressful times, listening and helping Mentees problem-solve
life/school challenges, learning about campus activities and services,
- Time Management Skills: Set up a realistic schedule,
priority setting, streamlining reading lists, identifying time wasters,
- Writing Skills: Strategies for essay or lab report writing;
how to narrow essay topics, form a proper thesis statement, develop
outlines, edit for grammar and sentence structure, etc.
- Exam Preparation Skills: Strategies for writing multiple
choice, problem solving and/or essay exams; reviewing old exams,
predicting exam questions, setting up practice sessions, pacing your
study activities and dealing with exam anxiety.
- Seeing the ‘Big Picture’: Help you see how sections of the
course connect to each other, especially if one’s Mentor is in the same
program. Mentors may also help you with course selection, decisions
about dropping/switching courses and/or programs.
- Stress Management: Identifying typical student stressors,
learning how to physically relax, and how to balance academic demands
and extracurricular activities (such as clubs and volunteer work).
Mentors model their own strategies and skills in these areas.
- Motivation and Concentration: Identifying strategies for
sustaining motivation and ways to deal with distractors that interfere
with your ability to focus.
- Healthy Lifestyle Assessment: Mentors are trained to help
you identify lifestyle changes you may be interested in making.
- Resources: Connecting you with resources for all of the
Feel free to browse the rest of the website, or contact the
Peer Mentoring Program Director, Liz Racine, at firstname.lastname@example.org.