Working as a 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 mentor? You can also work as a note-taker and share your notes with students who have been granted learning support.
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 mentor.
Working as a mentor
By working as a mentor, you can contribute to improving the study situation of a student in need of learning support, while gaining important experience yourself.
What does working as a mentor entail?
The role of the 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 mentor may also function as a sounding board and a discussion partner.
The mentor does not function as a supervisor or teacher and students are always to do their own study work.
The assignment as a mentor usually takes one or two hours per week and is remunerated at SEK 120 per hour including holiday pay.
What are the requirements to become a mentor?
To start working as a 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 work as a 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.
*Note that you need to have a Swedish personal identity number to be able to start working as a mentor.
Information on working as a mentor
The Mentor Handbook contains important information about the mentoring assignment and tools which may be useful in your future work as a mentor.
If you have previously worked as a mentor, we have gathered all the practical information you will need on our information page.
Working as a note-taker
Note-takers share the notes they take in lectures/seminars with one or several students who have been officially granted learning support.
What does working as a note-taker involve?
The working hours are determined by the lectures/seminars in the timetable and remunerated at SEK 45 per hour including holiday pay. This applies regardless of how many students receive your notes. The remuneration is based on the fact that you share your notes.
How do I become a note-taker?
Usually, a student who has been officially granted learning support will ask around among their fellow students for someone willing to be a note-taker. If you don’t have anyone with whom to share your notes but would like to work as a note-taker, you can start by asking your fellow students or the study advisors at your department.
You can also email your interest and the details of your studies to registreringpedstod [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se, so that information on your availability for the role can be passed on to the relevant coordinator.
To work as a note-taker, it is an advantage if you are an organised person who likes to prepare for a lecture by reviewing the relevant required reading. It is easier to take notes if you are prepared for a lecture and it is also a study technique which will benefit your own studies.
Register as a note-taker
To register as a note-taker, email the information below to registreringpedstod [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se.
- Post code and city
- Telephone number
- Name of student/students to receive your notes
- Course title and course code
You will then be contacted with information about how to report your hours worked and what documentation is required for your salary to be paid out.
Do you already work as a mentor or note-taker?
Find more information about what your job entails, how to report hours worked and important forms.
For questions about mentoring:
Mentor coordinator at Disability Support Service
infopedstod [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se (email@example.com)
Telephone: +46 (0)46 222 88 26
For questions about note-taking:
registreringpedstod [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For questions about salary payment:
National Government Service Centre
Telephone: +46 (0)771 456 000