University 202

Peer Mentor Training

This course provides students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to serve as effective, supportive Peer Mentors for first-year freshmen and students in GE courses with a civic/service-learning component. Students in this course become familiar with the theoretical underpinnings of the First-Year Experience Program and the objectives for UNIV 101 and other GE courses with a civic component. Through reading, writing, discussion, and hands-on activities they gain insight into first-year students' likely difficulties in adjusting to and succeeding in college, and they develop an array of strategies for supporting first-year students during their adjustment period. Mentors also learn about the needs of novice learners in an array of GE courses, and come to understand how the development of a civic dimension enhances students' learning experiences. Credit/no credit grading only.