The MEF Student Mentorship ProgramAims of the MEF Student Mentorship Program
The MEF Student Mentorship Program is a useful way for new students to be orientated into university life and to help them develop throughout their educational journey. The MEF University Student Mentorship Program has been designed to provide new students with quality guidance in building a long a productive learning journey at MEF and beyond.
This program pairs junior students with senior students who have proved to be successful learners. The senior students can help guide the junior students on how to improve their learning, how to develop their autonomy and responsibility, how to plan their time and meet deadlines, and how to understand MEF University’s institutional culture.
This is a structured mentorship program: members of each pair are expected to commit to regular meetings and formulate goals in different areas of importance for the junior student. While structured, the program provides each pair great flexibility in choosing how to spend their time and energy to enhance the junior student’s educational journey.
Pairs should meet throughout the academic year to work towards goals they develop together. Student mentorship participants will also meet periodically as a group for training and informal gatherings focused on developing their learning. All aspects of the program are intended to assist the junior student, with the senior student providing advice and direction as requested (responsibility is maintained by junior student).
A mentor (senior student) will treat all dealings and discussions in confidence. There is no requirement to report to faculty members. The mentor (senior student) has no role as an evaluator or assessor of the mentee (junior student). The role is one of supportive guidance and constructive criticism.
Director of the CELT
The Director of the CELT will:
- Match mentors and mentees together based on their interests and faculty/departments.
- Discuss the mentoring program with both the mentor and mentee.
- Follow up regularly with the mentorship pairs.
A junior student should consider changing mentors if the mentor:
- is clearly and consistently uninterested in the program
- discourages or undervalues the junior student’s abilities
- indicates conflict of interest or form of prejudice, or
- simply appears to be incompatible
In any case, the junior student is encouraged to seek out additional mentors as the need arises. It is important to realize that changes can and should be made without prejudice or fault.
Benefits of the MEF Student Mentorship Program
For the Junior Student (mentee):
- Advice on balancing workload (learning, doing Flipped tasks before class, time management, working towards assignments)
- Individual recognition and encouragement
- Constructive criticism and informal feedback
- Psychological and social support
- Guidance regarding learning
- Individual support getting to know the processes within the Department/Faculty/University
- Knowledge of the procedures of the University
- Satisfaction of assisting with the development of a peer
- Developing their university CVs
- Improvement in the departmental/faculty quality learning environment
- Expanding the network of knowledgeable students who have passed through the program
- Increased support and satisfaction of new students
- Improved quality for junior students on their educational journeys
Tips for Senior Students (mentors)
- Share your experiences with your mentee about your learning journey so far.
- Ask about and encourage accomplishments. Provide constructive criticism and impromptu feedback.
- Use your knowledge and experience to help junior students identify and build on his/her own strengths.
- Attend any presentations and workshops related to the MEF Student Mentorship program.
- Try to be in contact twice monthly (if possible) about the junior student’s learning and activities. Commit to making one contact per month to show you’re thinking about your mentee’s learning journey.
- Discuss end of semester results, achievements, and challenges with the junior student and make a learning plan for the next semester.
- Aid the junior faculty member in exploring the institutional culture, i.e. what is valued? What is rewarded?
- Check in with the CETL director with any concerns or problems. Respond to occasional calls from the director to see how each pair is doing.
- Share knowledge of workshops or presentation events that may be useful for the junior students.
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Tips for Junior Students (mentees)
- Show initiative in planning your learning.
- Find out about, and take advantage of, opportunities for learning about the university. Write down questions as they occur to you, and then begin searching out the answers.
- Reflect upon your own learning.
- Make your scheduled meetings with your mentor a priority, and take advantage of email and the telephone to keep in touch informally.
- Be willing to ask for help.
- Let the CETL director know if you have questions or concerns about the MEF Student Mentorship Program.
- Make and maintain contacts with other junior students, within your department as well as in other departments and schools.
- Become familiar with the resources available to support and strengthen your learning.
- Assemble a library of information about your institution, school, and department.
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