Language & professional skills: mentor programme
Full course description
New study, new city, new country, moving, homesickness, relationships, money matters, friends, family, parents, sports, student association, internships, study load, study pressure, (re-)examinations, study stress, illness, procrastination, fear of failure, study doubts, choices you’ll have to make... Transition from secondary school to university is never easy and the extent of this change often tends to be underestimated. Nearly all students will sooner or later experience a period during which their study does not work out the way they expected it to. Some consult friends or relatives, fellow students or the student advisor, others find a solution on their own. The Bachelor in European Studies also has a mentor programme to help students tackle such challenges during the first year of their studies, the most critical year in university studies. Through several means we will help students to become successful. This includes the allocation to each student of a mentor, who will follow and advise them.
The Mentor Programme is aimed at helping students ‘survive’ their first year; at making them familiar with studying at university and at helping them navigate through the Bachelor, the faculty and the university. At the end of their first year students will have gained a better insight into their strength and weaknesses with regard to studying and study skills, including: • Independency; • Self-motivation; • Time management; • Distinguishing between important and less important issues; • Working with others; • Issues related to Problem-Based Learning.
• Cottrell, S. (2013). The study skills handbook. (4th ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; • Burns, T. & Sinfield, S. (2012). Essential study skills. The complete guide to success at university (3rd ed.). London: SAGE.