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MISSION

The mission of the Students Together, Involving, Networking and Guiding Success Series Peer Mentor Program (better known as S.T.I.N.G.) is to assist developmental students by successfully retaining them in college, teach them competencies that will create a foundation of college success, and have them learn how to take advantage of campus resources and opportunities.

The Students Together, Involving, Networking and Guiding (STING) support lab is mandatory for all first time freshmen needing remediation. The lab is designed to guide students in the development of academic skills needed to be successful in college.The sessions are designed to supplement your content learning so that you can directly apply new learning strategies to all of your current and future college classes. Our sessions include discussion, lecture, individual and group projects, and out-of-class activities. Topics include time management, learning styles, note taking, exam preparation, and methods for effectively using syllabi and textbooks. Finally, you will have the opportunity to interact with other UTB programs as a way of helping you develop supportive campus networks.

Description
This course will give you practical tips and strategies that will help you succeed in college. Emphasis will be on attitude, study habits, time and stress management along with other program initiatives. This course will require the creation of a personal success plan that will include educational and career goals and will introduce and make use of the college’s resources and personnel.

The Role You Play
As a mentee and student, you play the biggest role in your own personal success. You are expected to pay attention and listen. You are required to interact with your mentor, instructor and fellow classmates. Our staff wants you to have a good time in our class and learn as much as possible. The more you put into this program the more successful in college you will become. Our program will give you the tools and training to succeed, but ultimately you are the master of your own destiny.

Classroom Instructors
The instructors teach the presentations and other college success topics in the course. They are current staff members from the UTB campus who volunteer their time to teach the courses. They are trained to teach and make an impact on the lives of our students. They guide the peer mentors and work as a team to identify how to better assist our students.

Peer Mentors
The peer mentor responsibilities included serving as mentor and role model to students by following their progress with grades, class attendance, and how they are coping with “university life.” Along with those responsibilities they conduct presentations to students in a classroom setting that aid students with techniques for success such as motivation, time management, student development, and study skills. Their duties also include also responsible for record keeping involved with student contacts and office appointments.
Peer mentors are academically successful students involved in different aspects of campus life and are trained to be student leaders that guide students to follow a path to success similar to their own. They are encouraged to bond with students and share their own personal experiences and techniques that have lead to their own success. To increase their effectiveness outside of the classroom, mentors are available to work with students on an individual basis during office hours. The key point is that they 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.
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 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.

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