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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 or are working to complete advanced degrees focused on understanding college-aged students.
Though Academic Mentors are not clinicians, they work collaboratively with professional staff from the Wellness Center 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, 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 work to develop strong, positive relationships with students in order to understand, and help students understand, the strategies to help them learn best. Mentors focus on time management, organization, study skill strategies as well as enhancing self-advocacy skills and other issues associated with the transition to college. Finally, Mentors understand the resources, both personal and academic, at NEC. They encourage the use of tutoring and receive tutoring reports to ensure support is seamless between Mentoring and Tutoring.
Students have schedule appointments with their Mentor 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. Students are encourage to begin their coursework to meetings to take full advantage of 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 deadlines. Time is also dedicated to problem solving general issues including adjustment to living on campus, community involvement, social engagement, personal health and wellness, and additional academic support as needed.
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 apply strategies during meetings and between appointments.