Supporting Transition through Peer Mentoring

Supporting Transition through Peer Mentoring

Jinhua Mathias & Megan Bruce, Durham University - Download slides here

Research suggests that the first six weeks in Higher Education are crucial: it is a transition period when university freshers experience conflicted emotions of excitement and apprehension, adapting to a new life style both academically and socially.  The problems of this transitional period are often particularly acute for non-traditional learners, such as Foundation students at Durham University.

            Among various supporting mechanism for students, peer mentoring is well recognised as an effective supporting system during the transition.  This paper presents an ongoing project that is developing a robust peer mentoring scheme to support successful academic and social transitions for Foundation home and international students. In this scheme, successful Foundation students who have progressed to various departments, both home and international, were recruited as mentors to help the current Foundation students to learn effective academic practice and successfully transition to their progression degree.

            We will present our experience of developing the project from scratch, the challenge and difficulty experienced and expected, and reflection on scholarly activity as a Teaching Fellow.