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Peer Mentoring

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What’s expected of you as a Peer Mentor?

As a peer mentor, you play a crucial role in the transition of new students to UCD. As someone who experienced what it’s like to come to college for the first time, you are uniquely placed to use this experience to help others. Your contact with your mentees will begin in late August when they begin to accept their UCD place and you will continue to offer them support, advice and guidance throughout their first year. You will be the first person that many of your students will come into contact in UCD so it’s important that you take this role seriously. The commitment that you show to your mentees, whether it’s through group activities or individual assistance, will make a significant difference to their UCD experience.

Benefits of becoming a Peer Mentor

  • Meeting new people and becoming more involved in UCD life
  • Developing your organisational and leadership skills
  • Improving your communication with others
  • Increasing your confidence
  • Improves your CV an enhances your employability when your degree is finished

Peer Mentor Training and Support

All peer mentors must attend a comprehensive training course before they undertake the role. In addition to this, you will be supported by your Student Adviser or (for BA students) by your Student Progression Manager. It’s important to remember that Peer Mentors are one layer of support within a wider network and that no Peer Mentor should feel that they have to deal with a problem on their own.

Please click below for Peer Mentor Handbook:

 

In addition to the handbook click here for Peer Mentor Skills Training Support

What Mentoring Isn’t

Mentoring isn’t counselling. Although you are there to listen when appropriate, mentoring isn’t a professional relationship and you should refer your mentee(s) on to a staff member if they need professional support.

Mentoring isn’t the same as tutoring. You may, in your role, provide some academic support to your mentees but this should be confused with tutoring. There are staff in the University whose role that is.

Mentoring isn’t an instantaneous thing. It can take time to get to know your mentees (and for them to get to know you) so allow yourself time for your role to develop.

Mentoring isn’t compulsory. Mentees may, for whatever reason, opt out of the programme. They are free to make this choice. However, you can encourage them to explore why they don’t want to take part and ensure they know that they can contact you at any time if they need to

Mentoring isn’t necessarily the same as friendship. Although you may become friends with your mentees, the primary task of a peer mentor is to help new students to succeed at university. This can be achieved separately to friendship.

It’s important to remember that your role is not to problem-solve but to help your mentee come to his or her own conclusions. It can be easy to think that offering a solution to a problem is the best way to approach it but in doing that you are depriving your mentee of learning to trust in their own resources. Taking a step back from problem-solving while maintaining support is the best way to help them.

How do I become Peer Mentor?

If you think you have what it takes to become a Peer Mentor and make a difference to other other students’ lives, then just talk with your Student Adviser or your Student Progression Manager. Click here for Peer Mentor Role Description