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Peer Mentor Programme

The programme aims to provide assistance to freshmen (mentee) for adjustment and to cultivate peer support on campus.  Each freshmen will be assigned a peer mentor from senior classes of the same faculty/course of study.

 

 

 

Peer Mentor Programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a Peer Mentor

Peer mentors are volunteers to provide assistance to a group of freshmen from early August to the end of September.  You need to complete a series of training activities before starting your peer-mentoring.


What you will achieve …

1. Make friends with freshmen and enlarge you networks
2. Enhance some essential transferable skills, such as communication skills, problem solving skills and leadership skills
3. Make a difference in others’ lives by sharing your knowledge and experience, passing on tips to freshmen

What your responsibilities are …

1. Serve as group leaders and provide logistic support in New Student Orientation Programmes
2. Follow up on he adjustment of your mentees after orientation period by
  a.  providing practical information about your faculty and the University
  b.  directing students to resources and support services on campus
  c.  sharing your knowledge and experiences in learning or participating in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
  d.  being available to answer questions regarding orientation and adjustment
  e.  giving encouragement and help students build relationships with fellow students
  f.  Organising group activities to facilitate your mentees’ relationship building

Tips for being a great mentor

1. Keep closely in touch with your mentees in person, by phone, e-mail and/or social media
2. Do your best to meet with your mentees as often as possible.  Options include: meet for a coffee, go shopping, show them around campus, exercise together, play a ball game, etc.
3. Ask your mentees for their availability before finalizing the meeting time and format of activities
4. Be proactive and offer support for academic or personal issues. You may also need to encourage your mentees to be proactive
5. Listen attentively to understand your mentees and provide constructive feedback
6. Be approachable, open-minded and empathetic
7. Instead of doing things for the mentees, give them some advice and allow them to work things out by themselves
8. Contact your peer mentor staff advisor when you need assistance or some advice

Want to be a Peer Mentor?

The 2017-18 Peer Mentor recruitment is completed.  If you would like to be a Peer Mentor next year, please contact us by phone 3411 7435 or cdc@hkbu.edu.hk.

 

 

Being a Mentee

Each freshman is matched with a mentor of the same faculty/course of study for better transition.  You will be led by a peer mentor to participate in the orientation activities on New Student Orientation day and attend the gathering activities organized by your peer mentors.  Mentoring provides you, as a new student, with an immediate support system and information source.  As a result, you can be more well-informed about campus resources and activities, build peer networks faster and adjust to university life sooner.


What you will gain …

1. Connect with your classmates and widen peer networks
2. Get extensive information about campus resources and activities
3. Receive wisdom and advice from senior students, while you have the freedom to make own decisions
4. Have someone to care about you and to discuss your problems or concerns

What your responsibilities are …

Actively participate in the programme, for example, you may
1. Discuss your concerns with your mentor and share with your mentor both on your great or small success
2. Suggest activities for promoting mentor-mentee relationships and actively participate in the agreed activities

Tips for being a great mentee

1. Take initiatives in keeping close contact with your mentor
2. Take initiatives in recognizing your need for mentoring and explaining to your mentor what you are looking for. Do not hesitate to contact your mentor when you need advice, even if you think they might be silly.
3. Make it a priority to meet with your mentor and be punctual to the gatherings
4. Gather information and advice from your peer mentors or other available channels and find the most suitable solution for yourself. Do not expect mentors to solve your problem.

Want to connect with a Peer Mentor?

Each 2017-18 freshman will be matched with Peer Mentor on the New Student Orientation day organised by Office of Student Affairs on Aug 15 or 16.  If you missed the orientation programmes and would like to connect with a peer mentor, please contact us by 3411 7435 or cdc@hkbu.edu.hk.