The S.T.I.N.G. Peer Mentor Program offers entering freshman a retention support program that teaches students to believe in themselves, learn how to navigate the college environment, and teaches them how to take advantage of campus resources and opportunities. In each lab a peer mentor and a staff instructor meet with students on a weekly basis to deliver a college success curriculum that covers various topics that will teach students to succeed in college. Outside of the lab, peer mentors and tutors are available to work with students on an individual basis during office hours. Students must enroll in the SSS section to participate in the S.T.I.N.G. Success Peer Mentor Program.
The S.T.I.N.G. Peer Mentoring Program helps students learn to function successfully in the college setting by integrating their academic and social life. Peer mentors are trained to assist fellow students in adjusting to, and successfully navigating, within the higher educational setting. This adjustment process results from peers’ work in orienting students to the learning environment, helping them to apply study skills in their courses, helping them to understand learning strategies, and participating with them in similar types of activities. The mentor’s role as helper takes many forms, including student leader, study group leader, advocate and friend to mentees. The key point is that peers are in a position to assist students and help make the educational experience more meaningful and beneficial to other students by sharing their own experiences that have helped them to succeed in college.
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Explore career development and select a degree plan toward an appropriate career path.
- Define short-term as well as long term goals, within the educational and career setting.
- Identify location and purpose of key resources and services provided by UTB and TSC.
- Utilize effect strategies to manage time.
- Develop academic survival skills that promote active learning including note taking, study
tips, and test-taking strategies.
- Utilize electronic programs to manage academic planning, course requirements, and
communicate with professors ( i.e. Blackboard and UTB Online)
- Acquire problem solving skills through analysis, critical thinking, inquiry, and
synthesis of information.
- Develop interpersonal skills through interaction in group activities.
- Define a personal financial responsibility plan.
- Engage in teamwork activities which will enhance ability to consider different points of
views and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose.
Students are required to:
- Attend Instructional session once a week.
- Meet with STING Peer Mentors four times during the semester.
- Meet with STING Staff Mentor two times during the semester.
- Attend four campus activity events of the student’s choice.
- Submit an Academic Progress Report.
- Complete an individual Academic Plan.