Higher Values in Higher Education

Tips for FYE Peer Mentors

Keep the following suggestions in mind when working with students, staff/faculty— they will help you build successful relationships with both. 

Working with Students

  • Be friendly and approachable
  • Help students adjust to university life and become academically successful
  • Get students involved in campus activities and events
  • Inform students of WIU resources that would be helpful to them
  • Be an active listener
  • Be respectful of individuals, their opinions and their abilities
  • Appreciate student struggles and be empathetic—let students know they matter
  • Recall and share you own experiences as a first year student at WIU
  • Build trust with students through honest and respectful communication
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information shared between students, the professor, and yourself
  • Act in an ethical manner
  • Be predictable and consistent—when you promise to do something, follow through.
  • Always be a role model for the students in and out of the academic environment
  • Report any student’s potential crisis situation or individual dilemmas to the professor—do not try to solve serious problems by yourself
  • Be optimistic and enthusiastic about learning and mentoring
  • Maintain a positive attitude and enjoy your experience as a peer mentor! 

Working with Instructors/Faculty

  • Plan to talk with the staff or professor about FYE before the day of class
  • Discuss the instructor’s expectations for your participation in class activities and campus & community explorations.
  • Discuss any concerns you have about the expectations with the instructor
  • Be a sounding board for ideas
  • Share current activities on campus with the instructor and students
  • Assist the instructor in finding, selecting, and arranging campus & community exploration events
  • Assist in developing and presenting course activities as requested by the instructor
  • Ask the instructor about campus & community events ahead of time and take notes at events so you can refer to important aspects afterward in order to prompt group discussion
  • Attend all classes and events you are scheduled to attend
  • Assist in facilitating class discussions and presentations
  • Model good student/instructor interaction in class by actively participating
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information shared between students, the instructor, and yourself
  • Be predictable and consistent—when you promise to do something, follow through
  • Discuss problematic and critical concerns expressed by students with the instructor
  • Report any student’s potential crisis situation or individual dilemmas to the instructor—do not try to solve serious problems by yourself
  • Assist in the FYE course evaluation process
  • Give feedback and be open to feedback—remember one benefit of peer mentorship is to help you develop your leadership skills, so ask for advice and suggestions from students and the professor and use it to help you learn and grow!

 

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