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Mentor Project - FAQs

This is a list of some frequently asked questions. If you have any queries about the Mentor Project, please feel free to contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

What do I have to do to register?

If you are a first-year student enrolling for the first time, fill in and submit the form to the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (Building 1, Floor 2).

If you are a senior (second-cycle) student that would like to join the project as a mentor, contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the end of the June examinations.

What type of free choice credits do I earn for mentoring?

If you are accepted as a project mentor, you will be invited to enrol for "Mentor training: team management and communication skills development". This subject is worth 4.5 credits. Therefore, the 4.5 credits you earn for training to be a mentor are subject credits and are not awarded through recognition (i.e. they do not count towards the maximum 19.5 free choice credits that students are allowed to earn through recognition).

Is international mentoring the same thing as the Mentor Project?

The international mentors programme and the Mentor Project share the same goal of fellow students providing students new to the Facultad de Informática with  guidance and a helping hand. However, the international mentors programme targets students coming to the Facultad de Informática on exchange programmes (like the Socrates/Erasmus programme), whereas the Mentor Project targets first-year students. 

Both projects have their own procedures and are carried out separately.

What is expected of me as a mentor?

If you are accepted as a mentor, you will start to participate in the project by attending the seminar given by Miguel Alonso, an expert psychologist in mentoring programmes, at the beginning of the academic year.

On 8 October you will be introduced to the mentorees that you have been assigned. As of then you will organize regular meetings with your protégés on Wednesdays from 13.15 pm to 14.15 pm (up to ten meetings in the first term). You will hold a final meeting with your protégés just after the examinations. You will have to draft a report of each meeting, specifying which subjects you planned to deal with, which subjects you actually dealt with, who attended the meeting, etc.

About once a month you will have a meeting with the tutor that you have been assigned to discuss the issues that have surfaced during your mentoring work and ask for support on whatever matters you require.

Finally, at the end of your mentoring assignment, you will be asked to draft a report stating what you have learned from your participation in the project.

Project support will include a wiki and a discussion group for mentors in which we expect you to participate actively.

Is it a mentor's job to answer questions about first-year subjects?

No. Mentors will answer their protégé's questions about subjects or curriculum structure, but it is up to subject professors to deal with academic questions (how to solve a problem, explain something taught in class, etc.). If any of your protégés have questions like this, you should tell them where and how to contact the respective professors and what their tutoring hours are.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs