“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.”
— John C. Maxwell
One of the many resources available in the First Year Experience (FYE) Program is the Student Mentor-- a personalized peer mentor who discusses and facilitates leadership skills, introduces effective study habits, and provides college resources to incoming college students. FYE participants are expected to visit a Student Mentor at least twice a semester to meet the FYE program’s participation requirements. However, mentors are such a wealth of knowledge that students may opt to visit with mentors several times each semester. With the guidance of mentors, students will be more likely to acquire college-ready skills they need to be successful in their future academic pursuits.
What is in it for me?
Student Mentors are appointed a list of FYE students to remain in contact with via MSJC email. Mentors send announcements every week to remind students about upcoming events, workshops, and notices. FYE students are encouraged to establish strong communication (in person and email) with mentors to ask questions and follow up with their classes and college experience. Students may also meet with any mentor for a face-to-face mentoring session during operation hours. No appointment necessary – just walk in.
Mentors help students with the following:
· Developing effective study habits though one of the Study Skills Mentoring Sessions:
1. Goal Setting and MYMSJC
2. Time Management
5. Note Taking and Text Structure
6. Author’s Purpose
7. Critical Thinking
8. Understanding Prompts
9. Test and Project Preparation
· Navigating resources, programs, and services on campus
· Guiding students through online resources (Canvas, Eagle Advisor, and student email)
· Locating and applying for scholarships opportunities
· Providing support and guidance for first-year students
Download the Student Mentor flyer here for an overview of each Study Skills Mentoring Session:Student Mentors Flyer Fall 2018.pdf
Location and Hours
Monday – Thursday:
9:00am – 12:00pm - LRC Tutoring Center
12:00pm – 5:00pm - Room #110 – Building 100
Friday: 9:00AM-12:00pm - LRC Tutoring Center
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri day: 9:00am – 12:00pm
LRC Tutoring Center
Meeting with a Mentor
Come in with questions, materials, or issues that you would like to discuss. By thinking about some difficulties you are currently having beforehand, mentors can better utilize the time during the meeting to assist you. For example, if you are struggling with time management, bring your syllabi and assignments when meeting with a mentor and work together to create a plan for the semester. Also, come in small groups (2-5 people), as groups are great for discussions and make the session more fun!
In order to have a successful mentoring experience, communication between both the mentor and the mentee is key. Student Mentors’ main form of communication is via email, so it is important for FYE students to check their MSJC student email daily. We encourage FYE students to converse with their appointed mentor through email and to meet with mentors in person several times throughout the semester.
Becoming a Student Mentor
Are you interested in becoming a peer Student Mentor? We seek motivated, constructive, and well-balanced students to serve as mentors. Mentors must act in a professional and courteous manner in all job duties and be eager to help students. Be on the lookout for flyers regarding the position or visit the Human Resources Student Workforce Program page: https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/msjc/promotionaljobs
For questions or to learn more about becoming a Student Mentor contact:
FYE Student Mentor Coordinator