WPI’s Academic Resources Center recently received Level 3 International Mentor Training Program Certification and Level 2 International Tutor Training Program Certification from the College Reading and Learning Association, becoming the first institution in the state to achieve the Level 3 mentor certification.
Kim DeMur, assistant director of Academic Advising, says certification is an important distinction. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to provide the students with professional development,” she says. She knew training through an established program and the resulting certification would be a big step in making the center cohesive and effective for both the peer tutors and mentors, and the students they are helping.
DeMur reached out to the Community Advisor and Residential Services teams to establish a formal mentor training program, as well for the students, who act as peer mentors. While tutors are there to help out students academically, the mentors promote relationship building, says DeMur. They might focus more on things like indirect advising, help with classes and planning, organizing, time management, and motivation.