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The Knight Institute Peer Mentor program is an opportunity for educational enrichment founded on belief in a respect for difference and in the power of individual voice and vision to make a difference within a large diverse community.
Experience in colleges across the nation has shown that one-to-one working relationships between first-year students and undergraduate mentors who have been successful academically and socially can powerfully benefit both. Mentored students learn course material in-depth as well as ways of coping with academic life; tutors, having the chance to help younger students succeed, deepen their understanding of their own fields.
The mentoring service is especially designed for first-year students who are native speakers of English and have discovered during their fall-term seminars that their writing is not communicating as much as they would like the depth and quality of their thoughts and ideas. In the spring term, students and mentors will meet once a week for the duration of the semester. The focus will be on writing for the student’s First-Year Writing Seminar or for any other course with a substantial writing component. Topics will include organization, development, and style of essays; planning, brainstorming, and revising; strategies for reading; the influence of background on one’s approach to academic writing; coping with adversity, optimizing success, and becoming familiar with campus resources and social networks. Above all, peer mentoring is about developing a spirit of inquiry and a sense of empowerment through academic writing
You may apply to this program either as a mentor or as a student.
Undergraduates seeking an application for a position as a Knight Institute Peer Mentor can obtain materials at the Writing Workshop, 174 Rockefeller Hall, or here. Several training sessions will be held during the semester.
Contact Tracy Hamler Carrick (thc33) for more information.