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Mentoring at CCDU

Mentoring aims to:

  • provide support and guidance to students through one-on-one or group interactive sessions;
  • assist students with their transition and adjustment to University life;
  • encourage students to engage with each other and therefore contribute to the creation of living and learning communities;
  • enhance wellness; interpersonal relationships; peer learning and resilience;
  • create a platform for students to know University systems and procedures as well as be referred to appropriate sources.

What is a Mentor? A mentor is a senior student (from second year of study and above) who has knowledge of campus resources, good academic results, is helpful, caring and willing to offer their time to support a junior student (mentee).

The benefits of being a Mentor

  • You will become more aware of yourself and gain a sense of fulfilment in serving and helping others.acquire
  • You will acquire mentoring skills which will enhance your leadership abilities and interpersonal interactions. 
  • You will improve your personal portfolio which will serve as a great marketing tool to prospective employers.
  • You will make new friends and increase your networks which will provide you with a meaningful University experience.

How to initiate a Mentoring Programme

Step 1: Advertise to your Faculty, Club or Society. 

Step 2: Check the number of students interested in mentoring. 

Step 3: Recruit potential mentors by formulating criteria for selection eg. good academics.

Step4:  Request CCDU to facilitate Mentoring Training (3 hours duration).

Step 4: Match mentors to mentees.

Step 5: Monitor programme via monthly group meetings. 

Step 6: Review the impact of implementing the mentoring programme annually.

What are the benefits of being mentored?

  • Mentoring enhances student confidence and helps them adjust to University life.
  • Mentoring provides one on one support and guidance to students.
  • Mentoring assists students to clarify and prioritize their study goals.
  • Mentoring empowers students to form new networks and create a meaningful, learning experience.

Contact eileen.maleka@wits.ac.za or preleena.ramlall@wits.ac.za for Mentoring Training!

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