University Centre South Essex Peer Mentoring Programme
This programme aims to help new students settle into their course, and those in years two and three to continue to develop their skills, make progress and achieve their full potential.
Degree students are matched with a peer who is in the year above or has recently graduated. The mentor will then work with the student on an individual basis to share experience and give advice on aspects of study and student life at University Centre South Essex.
Peer mentors are a great source of information relating to their programme area and for general student issues. Many of our previous students have benefitted from the programme as their mentors have been able to offer them insightful support and guidance having had recent experience or encountered similar issues.
Registration for the Mentoring programme is now open. If you are progressing to year two or three of your degree or will be joining us in September 2021 you can register for a Mentor by emailing HESupport@southessex.ac.uk
Meet the Mentors
I am currently in my last year of completing my Early Years Education degree. I decided to become a peer mentor as I know university life can be a daunting and stressful time and I would like to help others with any issues they might have including organising their study time or developing their academic skills.
Without the support and encouragement I received during my first two years, from my peers and tutors, I would not of been able to achieve all I have, and I would like to do this for others. I am very passionate that everyone with the right support can achieve their dream.
I am a third year student studying for a BA (Hons) Counselling degree and this is my second year of peer mentoring. As a mature student I struggled to find my feet during the first year of my degree. I have a wealth of life experiences but had never studied at HE level. I was a fish out of water when it comes to academic expectations.
Mentoring allows me to provide support for students who need help overcoming the feelings of being bewildered and perhaps overwhelmed by academic expectations and deadlines, along with any anxiety or personal issues that may come up as a result of that.
I will try my best to assist mentee's to get the most out of their years as a student and support them in achieving their goals.
After 4 years of working in office jobs that were relatively unrewarding and uninspiring, I decided to enrol at university so that I could pursue a lifelong career to become a Primary School Teacher.
I am now in my third year at university and felt that I have learnt so much from academic skills to coping with pressure and stress. I would now like to share my knowledge and experience with other students and support them on their university journey.
I'm in my 2nd year of study for Animation BA Hons. I can aid you with general skills such as: organisation skills, time management skills, revision techniques and essay writing skills.
I can also help with skills more specific to media/animation/art such as: sketch book layout, how to start a sketchbook and art techniques.
We have launched a brand new online mentoring platform for Higher Education. Mentees can sign up online for a variety of mentoring programmes. Our existing peer mentor programme is already making use of the advanced facilities available on MentorNet to log meetings and share resources