The positive impact of peer assistance programs is well documented in the higher-education research literature. The purpose of University College’s Peer Mentor Program is to provide a student to student connection and resource for first-year students in the classroom. Peer Mentors wear many hats as they assist first-year students in their transition from high school to college. These include being a role model of a successful student, a coach for academic skills, a tutor for course content, and a resource for campus information.
The duties of the peer mentor include:
- holding three mandatory sessions with students throughout the semester:
- “Getting to Know You” session: The purpose of this meeting is to become acquainted with the student. Goal is to understand a student’s academic and social situation.
- “Pre-advisement” session: Assist new students in understanding the Intellectual Foundations requirements. Peer mentors will review the audit sheet, explaining core, upper division, writing intensive, competency and foreign language requirements. If requested, peer mentors will discuss possible course selection options.
- “Tutoring” session: Students who have demonstrated problems in class, mid-semester grades below a “C”, or request may meet with the peer mentor for additional sessions.
- meeting with the professor to understand course schedule, material, and goals. In addition, the mentor will discuss the strengths and needs of students in the course.
- attending at least one session of course per week
- providing information and support for students as an academic and campus resource.
- holding regular office hours (minimum of three hours per week)
- participating in training sessions
- attending staff meetings during the academic year
Required qualifications for peer mentors:
- 3.0 g.p.a
- matriculated student
- minimum 30 credits earned (first-year students may apply in spring to work following year)
- must have attended Buffalo State for at least two semesters
- excellent written and verbal communication skills
- student has B or better in available course
- prior class experience with teaching professor
- major in discipline of available course
- experience working with diverse groups of people
If this sounds like a challenge you're ready to meet, consider applying. Access the application by clicking this highlighted text. Return the completed form to South Wing 530.
Not all courses in First-Year Programs have peer mentors. If you'd like information on which courses have mentors, use the contact us page to your left.