Mentoring and Faculty
As a faculty member working with a mentored course, you will have the opportunity to work with a peer mentor who will in turn be working with some to all of the students in your class. The purpose of working with a peer mentor is to collaborate and encourage students in successful learning habits. Peer mentors can learn valuable information about students as they meet with them individually that may help you work with them. Mentors can also emphasize key points and skills to students relating to the course, per your instruction.
Expectations for Faculty Relationships
- Email to you from our office notifying you about your participation
- Email to you from your peer mentor introducing themselves and their role
- Initial meeting with peer mentor to discuss how they can best be helpful to you and your students
- Continued contact with peer mentor as per your agreement/preference
- Work with peer mentor to help struggling students
- You may have the peer mentor attend class if that is applicable/helpful
Suggestions for a Good Experience
- Meet with your peer mentor as early as possible
- Clarify with your mentor the purpose of mentoring and how it can be beneficial to students - Ask us questions!
- Let your mentor know what your course goals are and how they can support you
- Invite your mentor to refer struggling students to you or your TAs (based on preference)
Peer mentors sometimes organize group lunches with their students to build relationships and continue mentoring conversations. You have the opportunity to participate in these lunches per your interest. If you choose to participate, we will order you a meal card that you may use to fund your lunch on these occasions. After every lunch, the receipt of purchase must be turned into our office - your peer mentor can do this for you.
Lunches with faculty may be beneficial to students in talking about research opportunities, careers in the field, future classes available, discussing an assignment, or simply building relationships with students. Please contact your mentor at the BEGINNING of the semester if you wish to possibly participate, or get more information.
Mentoring and Advisement
As an adviser meeting with students, you have the opportunity to get the word out about mentored courses and help students understand how mentoring and having a peer mentor will benefit them.
What you should know about First-Year Mentoring and Mentored Courses
- Our office does not address a First-Year Writing hold placed on a student’s account.
- “Envelopes” are previously used terminology for mentored courses.
- Registering for a mentored course does two things: it gets students a spot in the class, and pairs them with a peer mentor.
- Transfer students may not register for a mentored course, but they may call us to request a peer mentor.
- The more freshman students register for mentored courses, the more seats are available for other students.
- We will release any remaining seats to the general student population sometime in July after AP scores have been released.
What would be helpful to tell freshmen
- Mentored courses are expected and beneficial!
- Student may register for 1-2 mentored courses in a given semester or term.
- Peer mentors are useful because they help students adjust to campus, learn about campus resources, get involved, talk through challenges, develop academic skills, set goals, etc.
- Having a mentor benefits ALL students, not just those inclined to struggle. Mentors adapt to wherever the student is at so they may help the student do their personal best and make the most of their first year at BYU.