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Become a study support mentor or note-taker

If you have already been studying for a couple of semesters – why not help out a student with disabilities, as a study support mentor? You can also take an assignment as a note-taker and share your notes with students who have been granted learning support.

A student showing and pointing at her notes to another student
Being a study support mentor or note-taker is often a rewarding experience.

Note that you need to have a Swedish personal identity number ('personnummer') to be able to start a mentorship or note-taking assignment.

There are many different disabilities that can make studying more difficult, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia and vision or hearing impairment. Students with disabilities can be granted a number of support measures so as to be given conditions similar to those of students without disabilities. One such support measure is to get help from a study support mentor or note-taker.

The mentorship assignment 

By taking on an assignment as a study support mentor, you can help to improve the study situation of a student in need of learning support, and gain important experience at the same time.

You can find more information about what the mentorship assignment entails, what is required, how to make a registration of interest and information materials below.

What does working as a study support mentor entail?

The role of the study support mentor largely depends on the support needs of the student. Usually, it is a question of helping the student to structure, plan and organise their studies. It may also involve sorting and prioritising assignments and reading, setting intermediary goals and drawing up weekly plans. Sometimes, the study support mentor may also function as a sounding board and a discussion partner. 

The study support mentor does not function as a supervisor or teacher and students are always to do their own study work.

Being a study support mentor requires, on average, two hours per week. The fee per semester is SEK 4,800 for those assignments which have covered an entire semester. In other cases, the fee is calculated according to the percentage of the semester which the assignment covered. 

Please note that you need a Swedish personal identity number (‘personnummer’) to be able to take on a mentoring assignment.

What are the requirements to become a study support mentor?

To start as a study support mentor, you will preferably have been studying for a few semesters and have a well-functioning study situation of your own. We also look for the following qualifications/properties:

  • Good ability to plan and structure work
  • Calm, secure and patient person
  • Experience of motivation and coaching 
  • Awareness of how disabilities can affect a person’s study situation

It is often rewarding to be a study support mentor and it may be an additional qualification after graduation. Once you have completed your assignment, you can request a certificate from the Disability Support Service.

Register your interest

You apply by registering your interest in the assignment via the web form below. You will then be contacted by the Disability Support Service for more information. 

Registration of interest to become a study support mentor

Information material for new and current study support mentors

The Mentor Handbook contains important information about the mentorship assignment and tools which may be useful in your future role as a study support mentor.

Mentor Handbook on the website of the National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools

If you are about to start your mentorship assignment or already have an ongoing assignment, you will find more detailed information on our information page below.

Information for current study support mentors

The note-taking assignment

Note-taking support concerns notes from lectures and seminars that have been taken and shared with one or more students who have been deemed eligible for learning support.

You can find more information about what the note-taking assignment entails, what is required and how to make a registration of interest below.

What does working as a note-taker entail?

The assignment involves you sharing your clear notes digitally as soon as possible after the conclusion of a seminar/lecture.

Please note that you need a Swedish personal identity number (‘personnummer’) to be able to take on a note-taking assignment.

What are the requirements to become a note-taker?

When taking on an assignment as a note-taker, being well-organised is an advantage. It is a good idea to prepare yourself by going through relevant course literature ahead of the lecture. That makes it easier to take notes. It is also an appropriate study technique for your own studies. 

How do I become a note-taker? 

You register via the online form below, no later than the point at which you begin an assignment as a note-taker. If you do not have an assignment when you register, we will get in touch when an assignment becomes available. It may be some time before we contact you, and sometimes the requirement on a particular course may already have been filled.

Registration of interest to become a note-taker

Contact information

For questions about mentorship:

Liselott Eriksson
Mentor coordinator at Disability Support Service 
liselott [dot] eriksson [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se

For questions about note-taking:

Charlotte Marklund
Administrator
registreringpedstod [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se