Peer Mentoring

The purposes of the peer mentoring program are to provide academic support and promote engagement.

Mentors

Mentors are students who are:

  • A knowledgeable and experienced guide
  • A caring, thoughtful and humane facilitator
  • A role model
  • A trusted ally or advocate

Mentees

Mentees are the College's students who desire to enhance their college experience through:

  • Establishing positive, personal relationships within BRCN
  • Seeking help to develop academic and life skills
  • Accessing academic and college resources
  • Enhancing their ability to interact comfortably and productively with people/groups from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds

Process to become a Mentor

  • Fill out an application
  • Willing to mentor on a voluntary basis
  • Be of Junior or Senior status in good standing
  • Must meet all qualifications:
    • Have no ICARE or student code of conduct violations
    • Go through peer mentor training
    •  Up hold the peer mentoring guidelines and responsibilities for being a good mentor
  • Obtain one faculty and one staff or faculty for a total of 2 signatures must sign off on the student participation as a mentor.
  • Be approved by the Learning Resource Center

The application deadline for becoming a mentor for the following academic year is “March 30th. Applications are obtained from and submitted to the Learning Resource Center.

Process to become a Mentee

  • Complete Mentee application
  • Return to Sarah Mueller in Student Services

For more information feel free to reference the Peer Mentoring Program booklet.

*Applications for mentees will be available at Commitment to Care as well as online and in the Student Services Office.

*The day to day management of the program will be run by Sarah Mueller, smueller@brcn.edu or 217-228-5520 Ext. 6997,  in the Learning Resource Center
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Peer Tutors

Becoming a Peer Tutor is an opportunity to increase communication and interpersonal skills, as well as prepare for the NCLEX examination. Peer tutoring challenges tutors to retain information, understand its application within a clinical setting, and explains course work in their own words.

Job description:

The purpose of all tutoring at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences is to help students/peers become more independent learners. Tutors provide individual and/or group tutoring to students. Peer tutors meet with students to clarify and review concepts taught in class, explain processes and help students solve specific problems. Tutoring is a “student centered” activity, and as such, the emphasis and content of the tutoring sessions is determined by the students’ needs. Tutoring is a supplement to teaching, not a replacement for class attendance and participation.

Goals:

  • To help students maximize, expand, and improve their academic skills
  • Top listen & respond to the academic needs of others with creativity, energy, sensitivity and patience
  • To reinforce students’ understanding of subject-specific course material
  • To share subject-specific study skills
  • To promote and speak professionally of the services and programs of the LRC/BRCN

Peer Tutoring Process and Requirements:

  • Received a minimum of a grade of “B” in any course they wish to tutor
  • Have at least one faculty recommendation
  • Successfully complete an interview
  • Participate in Peer Tutor Orientation and Training
  • Attend Peer Tutor Meetings, if applicable
  • Exhibit professional conduct on and off campus
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills

To become a peer tutor please contact Sarah Mueller, smueller@brcn.edu or 217-228-5520 Ext. 6997