Mentoring Model: potential students as mentors

Abstract:

Knowledge is a gift that is transferrable from one person to another. Everyone has it and can transfer it

thus making impact on other people’s lives. In this paper the authors have come up with an innovative

approach of turning potential students in higher education into mentors: Student mentors selected

based on certain criteria will support their immediate juniors on their subject content and by evaluating

their assessments. Mentors will be continuously monitored for their performance and changes

introduced. If required. This approach is expected to benefit the students, mentors and tutors.

To a student, the expected benefits are on enhanced learning experiences from peer support and

better understanding of the concepts because of dual interaction with tutor and mentor. For a mentor,

it may give a strong foundation as they would continue to be in touch with the concepts learnt in the

previous academic year and further clarify their own doubts. This mentorship is expected to prepare

them to become academic role models and in turn improve upon their soft skills. The experiences

drawn from academic guidance and assessment evaluations of juniors will set the mentors towards an

improved work in their own assessments. Unlike a tutor, a mentor having an added advantage of

writing an assessment in the previous year and now evaluating the same assessment is in a better

position to suggest changes should any be needed in the assessments. In the process, students are

inspired and are motivated to become mentors. This gives enough time for the tutors to focus upon

research and planning of new interesting learning activities for their students due to the reduced

workload.

This paper will discuss in detail the entire process, starting from selection criteria of a mentor till

mentor change. Mentor change would be as a result of quality concern arising from supervision which

includes mentor performance evaluation, moderation of scripts and feedback sessions.

However, for the system to be successful it is critical that both Students and Mentors be clear of their

roles and expectations. There are also some challenges from this approach as mentors may have

commitment constraints and issues emerging from student relations particularly in the area of respect

and favoritism which will also be discussed.

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APA

Aarthi, N (2024). Mentoring Model: potential students as mentors. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/mentoring-model-potential-students-as-mentors

MLA 8th

Aarthi, Nagappan "Mentoring Model: potential students as mentors" Afribary. Afribary, 12 Apr. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/mentoring-model-potential-students-as-mentors. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

MLA7

Aarthi, Nagappan . "Mentoring Model: potential students as mentors". Afribary, Afribary, 12 Apr. 2024. Web. 28 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/mentoring-model-potential-students-as-mentors >.

Chicago

Aarthi, Nagappan . "Mentoring Model: potential students as mentors" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 28, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/mentoring-model-potential-students-as-mentors