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Peer Mentorship Programme
Background & Objectives
Peer mentors are volunteers to provide assistance to a group of freshmen from September to November. They need to complete a training session before starting the peer-mentoring. It aims to provide a platform for senior students and freshmen to make friends, create a friendly and supportive environment for freshmen to adapt the transaction.
Selection Criteria & Nominations
All senior students with involvement of extra-curricular activities would be prior to be our mentor, and all freshmen are welcome to be our mentee. All non-local students would be automatically involved in the scheme.
*Upon completion of the Programme, Peer Mentor will receive 10-20 CS hours, and a certificate of completion.
Peer Mentors have to attend a briefing and a training session before starting your peer-mentoring. You will be able to:
- Make friends with freshmen and peers, and enlarge your social networks;
- Enhance essential transferable skills, such as communication skills, problem solving skills and leadership skills;
- Share your knowledge and experience, passing on tips to freshmen in order to make a positive impact.
What you expect to do:
- Serve as group leaders;
- Follow up on the adjustment of your mentees
- Providing information about your school and college activities and resources;
- Directing students to resources and support services on campus;
- Sharing your experience in learning or participating in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities;
- Being available to answer questions regarding adjustment.
Tips on being good Peer Mentors:
- Keep closely in touch with your mentees in person, by phone, email and/or social media;
- You may arrange gathering with your mentees. Options include: meet for a coffee, go shopping, show then around campus, exercise together, etc. You may know more about your mentees' need and provide support through the gathering.
- Be proactive and offer support for academic or personal issues. You may also need to encourage your mentees to be proactive;
- Listen attentively to understand your mentees and provide constructive feedback;
- Be approachable, open-minded and empathetic;
- Contact SAO staff when you need assistance or some advice.
To be the Mentees, you can:
- Connect with your classmates and widen peer networks;
- Get extensive information about campus resources and activities;
- Receive wisdom and advice from senior students, while you make your own decisions;
- Have someone to share and listen to your concerns.
You are expected to:
- Discuss your concerns with your mentor and share with your mentor on your success;
- Suggest activities for promoting mentor-mentee relationships and actively participate in the agreed activities.
Tips for being a good Mentee:
- Take initiative in keeping close contact with your mentor;
- Take initiative in recognising your need for mentoring and explaining to your mentor what you are looking for. Do not hesitate to contact your mentor when you need advice, even if you think they might be silly;
- Make it a priority to meet with your mentor and be punctual to the gatherings;
- Gather information and advice from your peer mentors or other available channels and find the most suitable solution for yourself. Do not expect mentors to solve your problems.
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