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Peer Mentoring

Get Connected Peer Mentoring Programme for First Years

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TU Dublin, Blanchardstown is delighted to offer a Peer Mentoring Programme to all incoming full-time first year students. It is called ‘Get Connected’ and has been running since 2014.

Starting off at university can seem scary or overwhelming, so this programme aims to make the transition into higher education just that little bit easier. New students are given the chance to meet senior students and learn from their tips and experiences. Our senior students were once in the same position and can understand how new first years are feeling. The programme links up first years with a senior student who is in the same department as they are. These senior students are known as Peer Mentors and are 2nd, 3rd or 4th year students.

For further information about the role of a peer mentor please see this information leaflet

 

Virtual Peer Mentoring 2020-2021

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Get Connected Peer Mentoring Programme will be run virtually on an online platform.

All first years will automatically be assigned a mentor and placed in a group. The groups will meet online over scheduled mentoring sessions in Semester One and Two.

The sessions will be hosted by the Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator, and the programme is structured so that each online session is built around a theme. Some of these may cover practical Orientation topics in greater detail; others might introduce key areas in which peer mentors and staff want to provide extra help for first years.

Peer Mentors are happy to help with practical matters such as navigating timetables, getting involved with clubs and societies and getting used to Moodle. They’ll have lots of inside knowledge on their programme of study that they’re keen to pass on to new students. They’re also trained in how to refer students to staff who can help with trickier questions or issues.

Members of academic staff for each department also help out with the programme, and some sessions will feature invited guest speakers.

But mainly it’s about students helping students! You can read their feedback below.

 

I’m starting off as a new first year at TU Dublin, Blanchardstown in 2020.

How do I get involved?  

The good news is that once you register as student you’ll automatically be included in the peer mentoring programme. You’ll be assigned a peer mentor from your department and placed in a small group with other first years from your class. Keep an eye out for the emails letting you know when the programme is about to begin! We’re looking forward to meeting you online very soon.

I’d like to be a mentor in 2020. How do I sign up?

We’re currently recruiting peer mentors to help us run our virtual mentoring sessions, and would love to have you on board.

Apart from a sense of personal satisfaction gained from helping new students, peer mentors get:

• A Certificate at the completion of the programme.
• Free head shots for your LinkedIn profile.
• In depth knowledge of University supports & services.
• Comprehensive training in communication skills and key ways in which to develop a good mentoring relationship.
• The opportunity to practice skills that are in demand from employers (leadership attributes; initiative and organisational skills and communication skills).
• A more a rounded college experience.

All peer mentors will be asked to lead their group of first years through five online mentoring sessions. After each virtual catch-up, mentors will complete a quick survey about how they and their groups are getting on. Mentor training will be facilitated online, much of which you will be able to do in your own time prior to the programme commencement. You’ll be supported in your role by the Peer Mentoring Co-ordinators and academic staff.

You can sign up online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TUDublin_Blanchardstown_PeerMentor2020

 

Feedback about the programme:

 

From previous First Years:


‘It was fun and made people not worry so much’
‘My mentor was always able to give great advice from her experience of being here longer’
‘My mentor was more than happy to answer my questions. Always friendly and helpful’
‘It helped me understand things more about the college’
‘I really enjoyed this programme’
‘It was nice to sit in groups and get to know people’
‘This programme was perfect’
‘My mentor was a great help to me’

From previous Peer Mentors:


‘I majorly improved my communication skills and organisational skills on top of making great new friends’
‘I learned more about college facilities, as well as gaining leadership and mentoring skills’
‘I picked up a lot of new skills and learned a lot about team management’
‘Getting to share my experience felt rewarding’
‘The programme developed me as a person’
‘This experience helped me realise that I enjoy teaching others’
‘I got to meet new people and become more responsible and confident’
‘It was enjoyable and helpful to both mentors and mentees’
‘I built on my own skill set and accomplished my goals’
‘I feel that the programme has given me the confidence to speak publicly and also provide assistance to students and coach through their transition’

 

Get In Touch

Want to learn more about our Peer Mentoring Programme?  A new first year student and have questions? Interested in becoming a mentor? Get in touch with:

Aisling Creighton

Peer Mentoring Coordinator

Email: aisling.creighton@nln.ie

Phone: 087 336 3757

 

Get Involved & Get Connected!