DN700 Academic Mentoring

What is Academic Mentoring?

In Stage 2 you will be assigned an academic mentor. Your academic mentor is a lecturer from one of your subjects and will be available to answer questions you may have about the academic choices you will need to make while you are on the BSc.

You will have the same person as your mentor during your four years as an undergraduate student. This will help them to get to know your academic goals and assist you by offering guidance on how to achieve them by choosing modules wisely and making the most of the opportunities open to you in Stage 3. However, if your academic mentor takes a period of leave during your four years you will temporarily be assigned to another mentor until they return.

Your academic mentor is a valuable resource to you while you are studying for your degree and we encourage you to make the most of this opportunity by preparing for and prioritising the meetings. Academic mentoring will assist you in becoming an independent learner and addressing any academic questions and issues you might be experiencing.

What is your role, as a Student, in the process?

You will be invited to meet your academic mentor at least once a Trimester. Your mentor will ask you to prepare specific topics about your studies, such as your academic goals or what you are finding challenging, and also about things that you would like some guidance on, such as your plans for Stage 3.

For these sessions to be valuable it is important that you take some time before your meeting to think about the topics that your mentor is asking you to prepare.

How to meet your Academic Mentor and what will be discussed at meetings?

Your mentor will contact you once a Trimester to invite you to meet with them and guide you on what to prepare for the meeting. They may also arrange follow up meetings where and when necessary. Your mentor will encourage you to reflect on your learning journey, your goals and academic decisions.

Depending on the Trimester and the Stage you are in the topics discussed during mentoring sessions may vary. For example, when you are in Stage 2 you might discuss your plans for Stage 3 and the opportunities that you are interested in. During Stage 3 and 4 the discussion may centre on what is going well academically, what is more challenging as well as beginning to think about opportunities after graduation.

Your mentor will let you know what to prepare in advance of your meeting, but you can also prepare topics that you would like to discuss. If there is anything in particular that you would like to discuss in your meeting, you can let your Mentor know by email beforehand. Take some time before each meeting to think about areas you would most like to speak about. Some possible topics of discussion include workload, module choices, subject/pathway choices and setting goals.

What an Academic Mentor is not:

• A replacement contact for your module coordinators if you have questions or are having issues relating to a particular module.
• A contact for when you are having issues.
• An alternative to the Student Adviser or the person you should contact for advice on personal, financial or welfare issues.