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ERIC Number: EJ1124464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1559-243X
Effect of Peer Mentors on Academic Performance
Bonin, Elizabeth
Perspectives in Peer Programs, v27 n1 p16-22 Win 2016
Undergraduate peer mentoring programs strive to retain students who solve their own problems, develop options, unravel obstacles, and establish a process of figuring out solutions. A crucial component of obtaining that goal is to effectively train peer mentors to serve as advocates to freshman undergraduate students. Terrion and Philion (2008) note "that mentor training is indispensable in providing tools and techniques that mentor will use in their mentoring function [including] an ongoing and formal training program which emphasized an experiential and self-reflexive approach." Undergraduates benefit from the experience and skills of peer mentors who are able to create a safe environment for freshmen to share their questions and concerns. Relationship building includes being present for the other, a behavior at the heart of peer mentoring programs. Teaching peer mentors to listen with empathy is an important component in the relationship building process. In addition, peer mentors trained in conflict resolution, giving and receiving feedback, and team building will be better prepared to assist undergraduates to navigate the transition into college life. A future study may include research on leadership training with an emphasis on service and its effect on peer mentoring programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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