In the Spring of 2017, the Department of Religious Studies established its Peer Mentor Program, in which high-achieving students recently enrolled in our lower-level Core courses were invited to assist students, in future classes, with note-taking skills and study/test strategies. (Prof. Touna, who coordinated the initial program, is pictured here with some of our volunteers.)
Not to be confused with the role of graduate teaching assistants (GTA), peer mentors are undergraduate volunteers who offer practical advice based on their own successes in these classes, to assist other 100-level students to improve their own performance. This happens through scheduled one-on-one meetings as well as periodic workshops (such as a note-taking session offered early each semester).
Become a Peer Mentor
Peer Mentors are nominated by the REL faculty who have taught them and work closely with the professor offering the course to which they are assigned; appointed each semester by the REL peer mentor coordinator, Dr. Vaia Touna, peer mentors begin each semester with an orientation, meet regularly throughout the semester with their supervisor, and periodically meet with the Coordinator, to reflect on their experiences working with other students.
Being a REL major/minor is not required to be appointed to this program; Peer mentors’ main qualification is their having excelled in our core classes.
Note: In this initial, Spring 2017 semester, the Peer Mentor Program is limited to REL 100 and REL 102.
Peer Mentors for Spring 2017
Students enrolled in classes covered by this program can email the appropriate peer mentors directly to request a meeting (in either the REL library [Manly 200] or Gorgas Library) to discuss strategies for success in the course.