Peer Mentoring FAQs, Training for Upperclass Students
Q. How much time does it take to be a mentor?
A. Not much time at all. Minimally, we ask that the upperclass student meet with the protégé prior to the beginning of the fall semester, send weekly e-mails and assist them prior to registration and near the end of the fall semester.
Q. What do I do if my protégé is not responding?
A. Contact the Peer Mentoring Program at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact the protégé.
Q. How long does mentor training last?
A. To become a mentor, you must attend a two-hour training session that provides details on the role and responsibilities of peer mentors. At the training you will learn:
- The role of the mentor (expectations, how to be an effective mentor, etc.)
- Basic communication skills
- Issues of confidentiality
- Resources on campus
Q. What do I do if my protégé asks me a question and I don't know the answer?
A. Contact the mentoring program at email@example.com. We have trained staff that can help you find the answer.
Q. What is a peer mentor coordinator and why are they contacting me?
A. Peer mentor coordinators facilitate and nurture mentoring relationships within academic departments. Each peer mentor coordinator oversees 70-80 mentoring relationships. Peer mentor coordinators maintain frequent contact with their mentors to receive updates, answer mentor and protégé questions, and provide early awareness of at-risk students by tracking progress throughout the first year. Meet the peer mentor coordinators.
'My mentoring relationship has gone really well this semester. The relationship I had is a great example of a strong mentoring relationship. I was able to help her in many ways and I have personally met her numerous times. I helped her the weekend before the first week of classes, as she had many fears and reservations. I have given her advice about classes and how to do better in those classes. I also met with her two times about registering for classes and getting her started with classes in her department.'