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Finding Your Mentor

Choosing to go to university is a big decision to make, it will be the start of a very special journey. To prepare you, what could be better than having access to the knowledge and experience of one of our current students.

Peer Mentors are students who are trained to provide a safe and confidential space for fellow students to talk freely and ask question providing reassurance and guidance to help fellow students succeed by sharing their knowledge and experience.  

Pre-arrival peer mentors provide online (email) guidance to new, returning or distant students who have a conditional or firm offer to study a programme at CCCU, but have not yet commenced their studies.

Some benefits of accessing a peer mentor  

Supporting Academic Success

  • Invaluable source of knowledge and experience from someone having recently been through the same university experience.
  • May help provide other strategies to achieve a healthy study/life balance
  • Attending study sessions with your mentor may help you feel better prepared for assessments and/or exams.
  • May help provide access to other resources and services.
  • Attending study sessions with your mentor may help consolidate understanding of the programme and requirements for success.
  • Attending study sessions with your mentor can enhance understanding of the programme content through collaborative group discussion.

 Developing Graduate Attributes

  • Improves and develops skills including listening, communication, time management, organisation and presentation/public speaking.
  • Develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Helps you develop strategies for dealing with personal and academic challenges.
  • Helps identify goals and establish a sense of direction for your future.
  • Builds confidence.

 Being a part of the University

  • Creates a real sense of belonging to the university and wider community.
  • An important link to the university at all times especially if you are not studying on campus or you are away on placement.
  • Helps understanding of what being a student at CCCU is really like.
  • Builds a network of contacts and friends.
  • Creates an informal learning environment by providing a safe and confidential environment to talk about anything. 

How to book a mentor

If you would like to make use of the service, or find out more, please get in touch by emailing peermentoring@canterbury.ac.uk.

We will find out more about you and what support you would like and then match you up to a mentor who can help. 

The pre-arrival peer mentoring process:

  • You may request a pre-arrival peer mentor as soon as you have accepted an offer to study with CCCU, prior to commencing your studies.
  • You will be matched according to your preferences or as near as possible.
  • The mentoring relationship is flexible so that it fits around both participants, their studies and other commitments.
  • A pre-arrival mentor will be there for you to answer your questions via email.
  • Both participants can change their mentor or mentee at any point.
  • How the mentoring relationship will work is for both participants to agree and decide. This will form the contract/boundaries for the mentoring relationship.

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"Having a mentor was extremely helpful! It has made my time at University very happy and I feel very positive. I used to feel very guilty when I took a rest from study but my mentor has helped me to understand that resting is just as important as studying. I really enjoy seeing my mentor."

Momoko, MA TESOL

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Last edited: 03/07/2019 11:23:00