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Student Academic Mentors – supporting teaching at NTU

Sarah Johnson, LLR Rachael Smith, SoE

Overview of Session:

• Rationale • Collaborative effort • Current team • Promotion • Participation • Feedback • School of Education Strategies • The Future for Academic Peer Mentors 17 April 2020 2

HERE project (2009) findings:

• Research carried out at Nottingham Trent University as part of the HERE! Project indicates that student mentoring is a useful way in which we can support student retention and engagement in the first year of Higher Education • Quantitative research found that poor confidence was linked to doubting and with doubters who subsequently withdrew from the university. When this was explored further, it was found that there was a correlation between increased confidence and support from fellow students • The Student Mentor scheme was borne, supporting students with the level of writing, study skills and maths expected at university!

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Collaboration

NTSU

SCCO Schools Library

Liaison Librarians 17 April 2020 Business Services Marketing SSS Employability Social Media School Administrator CADQ 4

Current Team:

• 7 Schools – Academic writing – Study skills – Maths for non-maths students • 18 Mentors – 5 Male (Gender gap) – Mix of ethnicity (BME attainment gap) – 3 postgrad – 3 mature • 3 Lead Mentors – 1 per campus • Activity – Drop-in – Bookable sessions – Workshops – Tutorials – Welcome week and Induction 17 April 2020 5

Current Team:

• Paid £8.71 per hour • NTU recruitment and selection process • 2 day residential training with 1 day top-up • Student Mentor Log • Student feedback on Survey Monkey • Lead Mentor Observations • 1 debrief per term • Facebook group for sharing information 17 April 2020 6

Student Academic Mentors: Promotion

• Learning and Teaching Co ordinators • Academic Liaison Team • School Administrators • Student Mentors • Student Reps • Student Ambassadors • NTSU • Employability Teams • Facebook • Twitter • Student News on intranet • Staff News • Webpages • Events calendar • Leaflets and posters • Wall-planner • Workshops • Plasma screens • NOW Learning Room widget • Newsletters 17 April 2020 7

Reasons for attending a session:

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Seen to date 2013 – 14:

Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Totals Bookings Drop-ins 0 5 1 0 6 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 18 14 4 0 2 9 0 3 6 0 0 0 9 0 0 29 21 8 0 3 9 0 1 10 0 0 0 8 0 0 31 24 7 0 19 13 2 13 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 69 55 14 0 1 7 0 5 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 23 21 2 0 10 3 2 9 6 0 0 0 8 0 0 38 16 22 1 3 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 14 10 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 14 1 7 10 0 0 0 9 0 0 46 44 2 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 10 9 0 0 23 8 12 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 38 7 29 33 25 0 0 0 0 0 59 153 155 1 27 32 6 34 34 21 0 0 0 0 0 54 112 135 5 41 20 0 3 9 0 1 10 0 0 0 8 0 0 31 339 1 51 79 13 64 77 54 0 0 0 0 0 24 271 7 68 17 April 2020 9

Feedback from Students (n=40)

• 52% of students said they had been referred by tutor or lecturer • 23% of students said they had been referred by Student Mentors • 71% of students attend only one session • 94% of students said that their understanding had improved

as a result of seeing a Student Mentor

88% of students said that their confidence had increased as

a result of seeing a Student Mentor

• 30% said that their grades had improved as a result of seeing a Student Mentor • 35% of students identified themselves as being BME • 82% of students identified themselves as being female 17 April 2020 10

Example of Student Feedback:

Went through my report

step by step helping me plan my work and also giving me the confidence to go away and start.” “I came away with a set of achievable targets and goals to work on over the next few weeks. This massively exceeded my expectations.”

Example of Academic Feedback:

“[Mentors] answered our questions efficiently and guided

us how to improve.”

“The benefits of student to student support have been well documented, but I’ve seen many of my students develop greater confidence, improved understanding and better study habits having spent time with a Student Mentor in the School.”

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“The student academic mentor scheme has definitely helped raise the quality of assignment work submitted and helped support student progression”

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Student Academic Mentors: School of Education

: The SoE has the highest participation rate (30% of all mentoring activity)

Why?

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The Future for Student Academic Mentors:

• Extending service – Across all Schools – More Mentors per School • Greater numbers of BME Mentors • More males and mature Mentors • Embedding within culture of Schools – Twitter – Further self-promotion – Monthly meetings with LTC’s • Intern • Webpages 17 April 2020 13

Thank you for listening

Any Questions or Feedback?

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References

• The HERE Project, What Works? Student Retention and Success Programme Interim report 2008-9: http://www.slideshare.net/edfosterntu/here-project interim-report-20082009 [accessed 29/01/2014] • FOSTER, E., LAWTHER, S., KEENAN, C., BATES, N., COLLEY, B. and LEFEVER, R. 2011. The HERE Project Final Report [online]. Available at: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/what-works-student retention/HERE_Project_What_Works_Final_Report [15 January 2013] 17 April 2020 15

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