Would you like support from another student?
Our team of trained student volunteers (Peer Mentors) can:
- Help you settle into University life
- Be a friendly face to talk to
- Give you the benefit of their experience
If you feel you could benefit from the support of a Peer Mentor, please contact Julia Hewitt (J.H.Hewitt@bolton.ac.uk) for further information and an informal chat.
Mentees Frequently Asked Questions
Can any student register for support on the Peer Mentoring Scheme?
The Peer Mentoring Scheme continues to focus on helping new students who require assistance in their first year of study. However, the scheme is also available to continuing students who feel they could benefit from peer support. Feedback collated from the intial peer mentoring pilot scheme (2010-11) and students who have participated in scheme in subsequent years has consistently proven that mentoring can make a postive difference to new and existing students.
How do I join the Peer Mentoring Scheme?
Initially you should contact the SLOs to request to join the scheme as a mentee. You will then be invited to meet them for an informal chat and to comlete the mentee registration form to indicate the type of support you would like to receive. This wil also give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have to gain a better understanding of the scheme.
What type of support/advice could my Peer Mentor offer?
Your peer mentor will be an experienced student who is a trained volunteer. They will be able to give you support in a variety of ways including; helping you to settle into university life, being someone friendly to talk to and sharing their experiences of studying at the University. Further details of the support will be explained when you meet with your SLO.
Students who were mentored in previous years commented that that they had developed; study skills, self confidence, self-awareness, communication skills and much more as as a result of mentoring support.
Is there anything that my Peer Mentor would not be able help me with?
Please note that your Peer Mentor will not be able to proof-read your work or do your coursework/assignments for you. There are boundaries within the mentoring relationship and these will be discussed when you meet with your SLO. Please remember that your peer mentor is there to help you to develop, in order for this to happen you will need to work with your peer mentor.
How does the Matching Process work? Do I have any choices?
The SLOs will always try to take into account personal preferences that you may have, such as gender, but please remember that we have a limited number of volunteers. For a general overview of the matching process please see our flowchart matching process for mentees (pdf file).
How much time would my Peer Mentor spend with me?
The maximum amount of time that you would spend with your Peer Mentor would be up to 1 hour per week and you would meet on the University's premises, as per the mentoring schemes guidelines. It is a joint decision, between your Peer Mentor and yourself, if the meetings are to last 1 hour or if you feel that you need a shorter duration. You will also agree with your Peer Mentor if your meetings would be; weekly, fortnightly or monthly. However, in the first instance you may want to arrange weekly meetings and then, when you are more confident, you may suggest that you meet fortnightly or even on a monthly basis. The scheme is flexible but it is important that you are supported.
What are the benefits of having a Peer Mentor?
Students who were mentored in previous years commented that that they had developed; study skills, self confidence, self-awareness, communication skills, time management skills and much more as as a result of mentoring support.