Many First-Year Experience and Student Success programs use peer mentors to support instructors and to provide a peer-to-peer voice as students transition into college. This unique text prepares upper-class students to work directly with first-year students in a Student Success or First-Year Experience course, an Orientation Program, or as a Resident Advisor. The text outlines the best practices for implementing a peer mentor program on campus, provides instructors with a core text that illustrates what a peer mentor is and how to train students to be peer mentors. With nearly a decade of experience training peer mentors for a large first-year experience program, the authors use this experience to provide case studies in every chapter to depict real-life problems that mentors will encounter. Also look for application projects, readings, exercises, and journal entries that encourage students to reflect on their own experiences and discuss their experiences with other students.
Table of Contents
I. Introducing Peer Mentoring
1. Becoming a Peer Mentor
Case Study: To Be or Not to Be
What Is a Mentor?
What Is the Difference Between Formal and Informal Mentoring?
How Is Mentoring Different from Tutoring?
How Confident Are You in Your Mentoring Knowledge and Skills?
What Are the Benefits of Becoming a Peer Mentor?
How Does Your Motivation Impact Your Mentoring?
How Do You Balance Your Needs and Your Responsibilities as a Mentor?
2. Helping Students Make the Transition to College
Case Study: Striking Out
What Factors Affect a Student''s Transition to College?
How Is College Different fromn High School?
How Can Mentors Help Students Make Successful Transitions?
Why Do Campuses Have First-Year-Experience Programs?
What Is the Effect of Peer Mentors on Student Development?
3. Defining Roles
Case Study: Keeping It All Inside
What Are the Mentor''s Roles in the Mentoring Relationship?
How Do You Develop Your Abilities to Be an Effective Mentor in Each Role?
How Will Your Habits Affect Your Mentoring?
What Is the Student''s Role in the Mentoring Relationship?
What Is the Mentor''s Role Within the Program?
4. Establishing and Maintaining Relationships
Case Study: Nowhere to Go
What Makes the Mentoring Relationship Unique?
What Attributes Improve the Mentoring Relationship?
What Are the Stages of a Mentoring Relationship?
II. Increasing Awareness of Self and Others
5. Understanding Self-Awareness
Case Study: Where Do I Begin?
Why Is Self-Awareness Necessary to Be an Effective Peer Mentor?
What Is Self-Awareness?
What Is Agency?
How Does Self-Awareness Affect Your Agency?
How Does Awareness of Your Thinking Lead to Change?
What Types of Awareness Are Essential for College Students?
6. Becoming a Role Model
Case Study: The Freewheeling Junior
How Is a Role Model Different from a Mentor?
Why Is It Important for a Positive Role Model to Be Authentic?
What Are Common Values Peer Mentors Successfully Model to Others?
How Will You Help Others Recognize Their Values?
7. Developing Cultural Sensitivity
Case Study: Hidden Meanings
Why Does Diversity Matter?
How Can You Effectively Mentor Diverse Students?
How Do Cultural Perspectives Affect You?
How Do Your Cultural Beliefs and Biases Impact Your Attitude?
What Strategies Will Help You Show Sensitivity Toward Culturally Diverse Students?
What Cultural Characteristics Should Mentors Know?
III. Learning Effective Peer Mentoring Skills
8. Communicating Effectively
Case Study: You Didn''t Tell Me
How Is Mentoring Communication Different from Other Communication?
What Are Useful One-on-One Communication Guidelines?
What Are Some Useful Communication Ideas You Can Use When Working with Small Groups?
What Are Some Useful Communication Ideas for Presenting to Large Groups?
How Do You Give and Receive Feedback?
What Are Other Important Communication Issues to Remember?
9. Facilitating Learning
Case Study: Walk the Talk
What Does It Mean to Facilitate Learning?
How Does Maturity Affect Students'' Approach to Learning?
What Is Metacognition?
How Can You Stimulate Learning in the Brain?
How Is Intelligence Related to Learning?
What Is Active Learning?
How Can You Be an Effective Facilitator?
Why Is Peer-to-Peer Teaching Effective?
10. Planning and Problem Solving
Case Study: The Single Mom
What Do You Need to Know About Planning?
How Can You Help Students Plan for the Semester?
How Can You Demonstrate Effective Goal Setting?
How Can You Demonstrate Effective Decision Making?
How Can You Demonstrate Effective Problem Solving?
11. Utilizing Campus Resources
Case Study: Feeling Lost
Why Is It Important to Know Your Campus Resources?
What Academic Resources Are Available to You?
What Student Support Services Are Available to You?
How Can Campus Resources Help Students Deal with Stress?
12. Continually Improving Your Mentoring Skills
Case Study: What''s the Point
How Does Your Motivation Affect Your Mentoring?
How Confident of Your Mentoring Abilities Have You Become?
What Is Critical Reflection?
Why Is Evaluating Your Skills and Performance Important?
How Can I Improve My Performance?