Peer guidance throughout COVID-19 and beyond
Feeling isolated, directionless, or unmotivated? Perhaps you're anxious about how the lockdown will affect your learning and your grades or need advice on how to stay productive. Maybe you just want to connect with a community of students who are all going through the same situation as you.
Join our free online drop-in, run by The Mentoring Scheme, and connect with other students to share advice and tips on everything to do with life in lockdown, studying for GCSEs and taking your next steps.
How it works:
- You can sign up to the event in advance and submit a question you'd like to ask through this link here. (you don't need a question to join! You're welcome to just watch)
- If you signed up, you'll receive an email alert on the day that provides you with the link to join. If not want to join on the spur of the moment, just visit https://fledglink.com/learn-now/ and click the link on the tile. (The platform we use is Zoom)
- You're in! Sit back and enjoy while the peer mentors introduce themselves and present to you their top tips
- In the second half of the session, it's your turn! Ask any of your own burning questions, and listen to some of the others. The mentors will give you their thoughts!
- That's all! Take away your new-found wisdom and don't forget to check-in for the next session.
Disha set up The Mentoring Scheme because, having recently had to navigate life as a GCSE student herself, she wanted to use her experience to help others who are going through the same situation she did.
Right now, GCSE students need more support than ever, as the school closures for the lockdown period are leaving many to make important decisions and work through their GCSEs alone. The limited school support available during this time means it can be very difficult to self-teach content. Not only that, but students are now also having to navigate through their next steps, especially in terms of deciding which options to take and how to prepare for whichever path they end up on, be it sixth form, apprenticeships, colleges or something else, with less support available.
Peer mentors are perfect for providing this support. Having recently navigated the same process themselves, peer mentors can provide GCSE academic support, general study/revision support, advice on your next steps and help you to prepare for them - and they know exactly what you're going through!
If this sounds like something you need, read on or ask a question to the peer mentor community here
Want more from The Mentoring Scheme?
What does the Mentoring Scheme offer?
The Mentoring Scheme provides free peer mentoring to students, in two ways:
- As detailed above ... Peer guidance drop-ins with Fledglink! Take a look at the timetable of events to find details for the next session. Sign up for these events and pre-submit questions using this form.
- Through the one-to-one mentor program, where you will be paired with a peer mentor (in Y12/Y13 or equivalent), based on the subjects you are studying, future plans, and areas you would like support in
Why become a mentee?
- It’s completely free!
- Getting advice and/or academic support from a mentor, who has recently been in the same position as you may be able to support you in a way that teachers may not be able to
- Receive more targeted support, tailored to your needs and abilities
- You can arrange for sessions and support as and when you require them, and on the areas that you feel would benefit you.
Sound like something that you could make use of? Sign up by completing this form!
In order to become a mentee, you will need to be in year 10 or year 11.
Why become a mentor?
- Opportunity to give back to the community, and support a younger student through this difficult time
- Improving your coaching and development skills
- Increased confidence in your capabilities
- The satisfaction of helping someone else accomplish something
- Reinforcing and refreshing your own knowledge
- and, of course, a great addition to your cv
If you are in year 12 or year 13, an apprentice, or in college (or equivalent), and you would like to become a mentor, please email [email protected] .
If you have any other questions relating to The Mentoring Scheme, feel free to email Disha Hegde at [email protected] .