FAQ - Academic Mentors and Services
Who are the Academic Mentors?
New England College’s Mentoring Program is staffed with professionals from a variety of backgrounds and expertise. All Mentors have academic backgrounds focused on understanding college-aged students including Human Development, Counseling, Education, Social Work, and Psychology. All Mentors have or are working to complete advanced degrees.
Though Academic Mentors are not clinicians, they work collaboratively with professional staff from Wellness and Disability Services, actively referring students to both resources. Students must give permission for Mentors to communicate and collaborate with these offices.
How are Students and Mentors matched?
It is important that students and Mentors develop a positive rapport. We have a staff with diverse backgrounds and interests to promote engagement with a variety of students. In addition to an informal interview process with students and their families, students and parents fill out an assessment of student strengths and challenges. This information is used to create the best match between a student and Mentor.
How do Mentors support students?
Academic Mentors understand the resources, both personal and academic, at NEC. They work to develop strong, positive relationships with students in order to best understand their strengths and challenges. Mentors typically focus on time management, organization, and study skill strategies. In addition, Mentors work to enhance self-advocacy skills and general issues associated with the transition to college. Finally, Mentors encourage the use of tutoring and receive tutoring reports to ensure support is seamless between Mentoring and Tutoring.
Mentors schedule multiple appointments with a student each week. Additionally, Mentors outreach to parents, faculty, and staff, dedicating up to 3 hours per week to each student.
What happens during Mentoring appointments?
During each appointment, time is dedicated to reviewing each course and assignments, developing short and long term plans, and allow for students to begin their coursework with the support and guidance of the Mentor. Additionally, appointments are structured as “check-ins” for all areas of life at NEC. These areas include awareness of important dates and problem solving general issues including adjustment to residence hall life, community involvement, social engagement, personal health and wellness, and additional academic support needs.
What are the expectations of students enrolled in Mentoring?
In order for Mentoring to be successful, students must be active and engaged participants. Students need to attend meetings, communicate honestly with Mentors, and take action to problem solve issues that may impact academic success. Students also need to be prepared to work on class assignments and commit to attending scheduled meetings.