About the Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Two students studying together.Please review the Your Mentoring for Success Program Peer Mentor document, which outlines what you can expect out of your mentor-mentee relationship.

In addition to meeting regularly with you in a one-on-one and small group setting, your peer mentor will serve as a knowledgeable and experienced guide and resource, a trusted ally and advocate, and a caring role model to you. Your peer mentor is someone whose advice and encouragement you will seek regarding decisions about classes, majors, academic difficulties, and personal problems (by recommending you to meet with the appropriate outside sources).

To maximize the benefits and effectiveness of this mentoring relationship, we ask that you commit to this relationship for at least one full semester and meet regularly with your assigned peer mentor throughout the semester.

Peer mentor vs. tutor

  • Long-term relationship.
  • Goals focused on overall development; tutoring may happen during mentoring.
  • Intervention may not always be reparative, remedial, or problem-focused.

Source: www.mentoring.org

Mentoring for Success Program's peer mentors

  • Not just focused on course content.
  • Geared toward achieving specific academic and developmental goals.
  • Help students develop and enhance good study habits and learning techniques.
  • Customize tutoring style based on students’ specific needs and learning styles.

Common misconceptions

  • Peer mentors have regular office hours or office spaces.
  • Peer mentors get paid when students do not show up.
  • The program offers one-time drop-in tutoring.
  • Students can find a tutor in the program office.
  • Students can meet with a peer mentor right after signing up.

Additional information

While the Mentoring for Success Program's peer mentors have flexible schedules and can meet you at a mutually agreeable place and time, they cannot be "on-call" and will not be able to meet with you on short notice. It is advisable for you to schedule your appointments at least 48 hours in advance. You are strongly encouraged to meet regularly at the same time and place for your sessions. Our suggestion is to meet with your peer mentor for at least 45 minutes to one hour, up to twice a week.

Additionally, you must only meet in a public place that is conducive to learning, such as the library, Bernhard Center study areas, residence hall study lounges, and other common study areas. Please do not meet one-on-one in a private space, such as a bedroom, apartment or house.

How much or how little time spent is totally up to you, but of course, the more time you are willing to commit, the better. Your academic success depends on your effort in developing strong academic behaviors, including, but not limited to, attending classes regularly, completing all homework assignments and meeting with your tutor consistently. Your peer mentor will help reinforce lessons you have learned in your classes but cannot serve as a substitute teacher.

While every effort will be made to ensure that you are assigned a peer mentor in a timely manner, submitting an application form does not guarantee that you will be assigned a peer mentor immediately. You will be notified within three days of submitting your application form in the event that a peer mentor is not immediately available. Additionally, it may take up to two days for your peer mentor to get in touch with you after being assigned. Please contact the program assistants immediately if you have not heard from a peer mentor or from the program office after a week of submitting your application.