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Academic Peer Mentoring

What is APM ?

Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) partners experienced students with newer students to support their learning in specific modules. The scheme operates in participating schools and is co-ordinated by the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS). APM is a success strategy which helps students to make the most of their studies.

Benefits of APM scheme

Kent’s Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) partners experienced students with newer students to support their learning in specific modules. The scheme operates in participating schools and is co-ordinated by the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS). APM is a success strategy which helps students to make the most of their studies.
For mentees, the scheme provides a great source of support from someone who is a few steps ahead in their university career.

For mentors, not only are you providing invaluable assistance to another Kent student, you're developing transferable skills, meeting new people and gaining some great experience for your CV.

Peer Mentoring is a voluntary scheme which is flexible, confidential, and fits around your availability and preferences. Full training is provided, and is compulsory for mentors. All mentors will receive a Kent certificate at an awards ceremony dedicated to Peer Mentoring. Your participation will be reflected on your student record and will be valuable for any future placement or job applications. It is fully supported by all staff at Kent.

Benefits of APM scheme:

• Encourages independent learning
• Improves student retention and achievement
• Facilitates communication between students and academics
• Builds a community of learning

 

 

 

 

Information for Mentors

Mentors generally come from the same course as the mentees, and are trained to ensure they can handle the range of questions and emotions which students may go through as they experience university life.

The role of the mentors is to:

• Provide support and encouragement to other students
• Meet face-to-face or online on a weekly basis
• Facilitate study discussion and practice
• Keep a record of who you see and what you discuss

The benefits for mentors are:

• Development of skills such as confidence, communication and leadership
• Practice of teamwork and organisation skills
• Enhance your CV
• Involvement in a community of learning

The role of the mentors

  • Provide support and encouragement to other students
  • Meet face-to-face or online on a weekly basis
  • Facilitate group discussion and exercises
  • Liaise regularly with academics and feedback information to the School
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Training

SLAS provides a half day compulsory training for all mentors before you can become a mentor. There is also a free optional Kent Extra Module https://www.kent.ac.uk/extra/courses/coursesSkillsEmploy.html which provices ongoing support for mentors. This runs from week 6 to week 18 on Wednesday afternoons in Canterbury and Medway. For further information please contact slasapm@kent.ac.uk

Dates for your diary

APM Review TBC TBC

Canterbury - UELT Seminar Room

Medway - Drill Hall Library DA015

APM Awards Ceremony & Lunch 28/03/2018 2.00 - 4.00PM

Canterbury - Darwin Conference Centre

 

 

Information for Mentees

Peer mentors are available to help you in your transition to university and with all aspects of your study. Mentors give up their time to help newer students to succeed. Therefore you are expected to:

• Respond to your mentor’s emails
• Attend meetings as agreed with your mentor
• Let your mentor and school co-ordinator know if you no longer wish to be mentored

Benefits to mentees

• Gain confidence in academic skills
• Become an independent learner
• Discuss and apply their knowledge
• Get help with practical aspects of the course
• Develop a strategy for success

For further information email slasapm@kent.ac.uk

“It's a wonderful scheme, especially for first year students who may seem sceptical about it at first. I have received great advice & my understanding has also improved drastically.” SECL student Canterbury

“By joining this scheme, I have been able to improve on my mathematics immensely and I am truly grateful for that.” (KBS Medway student)

“Thanks to the third year students that helped me in the APM sessions, I stayed at university and continued my studies with a better understanding. They offer a lot of help which I found to be easier to understand in a smaller group. I think students like myself really benefit from this and possible a one to one mentor session throughout the year.” (Architecture student Canterbury)

Information for Schools

Academic Peer Mentoring is a partnership between SLAS and individual school. If you are interested in taking part or would like to find out more, please contact the Student Learning Advisory Service slasapm@kent.ac.uk

Reviews

Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) Scheme 2009-2010
Previously known as Supplemental Instruction (SI) Review
 - 103KB PDF

Dates for your diary

APM Review TBC TBC

Canterbury - UELT Seminar Room

 

APM Awards Ceremony & Lunch 28/03/2018 2.00 - 4.00PM

Canterbury - Darwin Conference Centre

 

 

Partnerships

The following schools are partners in the Academic Peer Mentoring scheme:

CANTERBURY

  • Centre for English & World Languages
  • Kent Business School
  • Kent Law School
  • Kent School of Architecture
  • School of Anthropology
  • School of Arts
  • School of Biosciences
  • School of Engineering & Digital Arts
  • School of English
  • School of European Culture and Languages
  • School of Mathematics,Statistics and and Actuarial Science
  • School of Politics & International Relations
  • School of Physical Science
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

MEDWAY

  • Kent Business School
  • Medway School of Pharmacy
  • School of Music and Fine Arts
  • School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
  • School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

 

Recognition

Mentors provide a vital service to the univeristy. This is rewarded in the following ways:

 

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Last Updated: 28/07/2017