First-year mentoring programme
The mentoring programme is an essential component of welcoming you to the EDU family. All first years in the EDU will be allocated a senior EDU student as a mentor. These mentors will meet with you once a week in the first semester and less frequently in the second semester.
Frequently asked questions
You will meet your mentor with other first-year students. This will be an additional opportunity for you to get to know some of the other first-year students in the same boat as you.
The topics that you talk about will be related to things happening for you at university, whether managing your tutorials, signing up for societies, living in res, writing your first test or preparing for exams. You will be free to talk about whatever feels necessary to your group at that time.
Your mentor will be introduced to you during the EDU Induction Orientation week.
The unfamiliar environment of UCT can be very overwhelming when you arrive. So many different challenges will be presented, and the mentoring programme was designed to connect you with other students who are walking the same path as you. Your mentor is an experienced EDU student who has successfully negotiated the same obstacles and challenges you face and can give you first-hand advice about managing those.
Between your group and your mentor, you will find a time in your timetable that suits everyone. This might also be at 08:00 or 09:00 in the morning when most students are free.
All first-year students that are registered for Student Development Services will participate in the mentoring programme.