Impact of Peer Monitoring on Student Motivation and academic Achievement

Mentoring directly advantages the tutorial and social development of scholars and Peer Mentors. Nearly twenty yearsof analysis on college boy success demonstrates the advantages of student involvement and peer support (e.g., Astin, Bowen, Tinto, Pascarella & Terenzini). Undergraduate peer mentors primarily come from Oregon (74%, like our students), representing all parts of the state. Other mentors come from all over the US and other countries, such as Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Japan, Vietnam, and Pakistan. Mentors also mirror our student population in their ethnic/racial makeup and sexual orientation, with 68% identified at White and the next largest group identified as Asian and also including African American, Latino/a, and Native American. Mentors are male, female (60%), or transgender identified.  When mentors share their academic experience with their students, that experience comes from across the array of majors offered at PSU. The largest group of majors is in the social sciences including education, writing, political science, urban studies, and foreign languages. Other prevalent majors include art, architecture, international studies, science, and business. Mentoring provides palpable benefits for both the mentor and mentee. By providing guidance, support, strategic advice and feedback, mentors advance their leadership skills while helping mentees navigate the rewarding realm of academia. Mentors are not only academically successful students, but are also knowledgeable about campus life, student organizations, and university resources; and mentees benefit by having trusting relationships with supportive mentors that are eager to share their knowledge and experiences

Mentors support students by:

  1. Engaging students directly with peers and role models who are like them
  2. Creating a learning community on a large campus with commuters and transfers
  3. Increasing student retention in entry-level courses in their first and second years
  4. Connecting students to campus resources, such as tutoring and mental health services
  5. Supporting academic skill development in writing, quantitative, and critical thinking

Mentoring benefits the mentors through

  1. Supporting their own retention and success through graduation
  2. Creating a community of involvement and success from mentor-to-mentor
  3. Providing intensive leadership training in areas of academic and student life

Mentoring provides palpable benefits for both the mentor and mentee. By providing guidance, support, strategic advice and feedback, mentors advance their leadership skills while helping mentees navigate the rewarding realm of academia. Mentors are not only academically successful students, but are also knowledgeable about campus life, student organizations, and university resources; and mentees benefit by having trusting relationships with supportive mentors that are eager to share their knowledge and experiences.  As an older sister reminiscing about my sunny childhood days with my four younger siblings, I recall spending valuable time helping them with their homework, answering their ‘millions’ of questions, and supporting their beliefs …. Now, every time I see them, it astonishes me greatly to see in them the fruits of my mentoring that changed not only their lives, but my life as well…. All that they needed back then was a little belief in their dreams, a hand to support them, and sharing of their joy! Listen, mentoring is power that can change life’s direction toward a better future…for you as a mentor and for your mentee!”

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