To support your students, you may want to keep records of your meetings with students. This allows you to remember the students’ interests and challenges in their studies. Notes from previous meetings can also act as a starting point for future sessions.
Relate studies to current events
As students of the social sciences, students are often interested in current events, especially those that relate directly to their studies. Academic mentoring sessions, especially group academic mentoring, can be a place where students can explore these connections and enter into dialogue with academics and fellow students.
To encourage this, you may want to plan a group academic mentoring session. Consider meeting students in the Senior Common Room, a café, or Lincoln’s Inn Fields Park (weather permitting). You may want to highlight a particular series of current events during a meeting, or you could just leave it open.
Relate studies to the students’ own experiences
While studying at university level, it is important for our students to have the opportunity to relate knowledge to their own lived experiences. Academic mentoring sessions can be a space to ask students to reflect on this, and voice how what they are learning is changing how they are thinking about the world.
To encourage this, you could ask some of the following questions:
- What have you learned that has surprised you?
- Do you see any of these ideas / themes / concepts in life outside of your studies?
- How does this make you understand yourself and your own context?