The Bepko Learning Center’s academic mentoring programs are based on the philosophy that highly successful academic students can play an integral role in the academic development of their peers. Collaborative learning, role modeling, peer interaction, and peer support are all components of the mentoring process.
Voluntary mentoring sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. Voluntary mentoring is a free program designed to enhance study time and to raise grades while students work collaboratively with peers.
Students who participate in voluntary mentoring will:
- Develop learning skills to enhance their academic experience
- Learn processes and methodologies for effective learning (e.g., learning strategies, note-taking skills, listening skills)
- Enrich their understanding of course content
Mandatory mentoring is an exciting and unique program that combines the idea of what to learn with how to learn through weekly sessions led by a fellow student who has already demonstrated the ability to perform well in the course. By facilitating collaborative learning sessions, mentors help students develop study skills and master course content. Mandatory mentoring is a 1.25 hours-per-week session. Students are automatically signed up for these sessions upon registering for the corresponding course. Students will see this session labeled as a recitation for the course.
Students who participate in mandatory mentoring will:
- Acquire knowledge and skills and develop characteristics necessary for future academic success
- Receive content-specific background information to assist them in making connections to the homework and lectures for the course