Supporting transition and retention with Peer Mentoring

Computer Science Peer Mentoring

To support transitions, student retention and develop graduate attributes the department of Computer Science offer an innovate peer mentoring system that involves mentoring throughout the student’s life from pre-entry into employment.

The Rationale

Many students coming to university will go through a transitional period.  They have to adapt to new ways of learning and teaching, as well as living away from home, often for the first time. The Department’s Mentor Scheme helps new students with this transition.

How it works

First year students (mentees) are matched to current undergraduate students; usually second years. They meet on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of issues such as:

  • new ways of studying
  • settling into accommodation
  • budgeting
  • module choices
  • assignments, essays and exams
  • finding housing for second year.

First year students can ask questions which they may not feel comfortable asking tutors, are not covered in the course handbook or are of a personal nature, and will get reliable and relevant advice from their peers. They also get to know other people on their course a lot better.

What are the benefits?

Students who choose to become a mentor in their second year develop important employability skills. In a competitive job market graduates need to be able to demonstrate transferable skills. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop, enhance and evidence those skills, such as:

  • communication
  • supervisory
  • organisational
  • time management
  • leadership
  • confidence building.

Where can I find out more?

For more information please contact Collette Gavan (Gavanc@edgehill.ac.uk)  

[SOURCE: Periodic review and re-validation of Computer Science].

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