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Peer mentoring

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:46am

At the Faculty of Arts, we think differently, so it makes sense that we have ways to learn differently, too. 

Becoming a peer mentor or signing up to receive peer mentorship is a great way to connect student-to-student and learn in an innovative environment. 

Peer mentors are senior undergraduate students who offer guidance, support, and mentorship to fellow students in a course they have previously taken within the faculty. Peer mentors apply for the opportunity to mentor students, and do so under the guidance of the course's instructor. 

What does a peer mentor do?

  • Builds fellow students' self-confidence
  • Encourages active learning
  • Participates in high education innovation
  • Co-leads out-of-class study groups
  • Co-leads in-class activities
  • Gives advice on assignments
  • Comments on essay drafts
  • Arranges guest speakers
  • Does in-class presentations
  • Makes higher learning more fun and less stressful

Why become a peer mentor?

  • Join a select team of fellow peer mentors
  • Enhance learning in a course you enjoyed
  • Co-design your own mentoring role
  • Receive mentorship from two or more instructors
  • Gain insight into higher education teaching and learning
  • Combine academic learning with practical experience
  • Develop a deeper understanding of course material
  • Grow leadership and communication skills
  • Prepare for a graduate teaching assistant role or professional mentoring role

Peer mentoring opportunities at the Faculty of Arts

Communication and Culture 507, Collaborative Learning and Peer Mentoring:
A one half-course equivalent credit course open to third- and fourth-year students. As a participant, you will read about and discuss collaborative learning and mentorship in higher education and apply this knowledge as you mentor fellow students within a course you have taken in the Faculty of Arts.

Communication and Culture 509, Research in Peer Mentoring and Higher Learning:
A one half-course equivalent credit course open to those who have completed CMCL 507 (see above). As a participant, students will assist new peer mentors to grow into their roles and conduct research related to their peer mentoring roles.

How to apply

To apply or for more information, visit the university's peer mentoring website, or contact Lisa Stowe at lstowe@ucalgary.ca

Application deadlines:
For fall term peer mentorship: July 15
For winter term peer mentorship: November 15

* Applications will be accepted until the course is full.

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