Working as a study support mentor or note-taker

If you have studied a couple of semesters, why not become a study support mentor and help a student with a disability? As a mentor, you can help improve the study situation for a fellow student while gaining important experiences.

A student showing and pointing at her notes to another student


Information in relation to the coronavirus

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Disability Support Services is suspending all activities for mentors until further notice.

We also ask that those of you who are mentors try to find alternatives to in-person meetings such as telephone or Zoom.

Information to note-takers

You may continue to provide note-taking support even though lectures are conducted digitally. If a lecture is cancelled, this concludes your assignment and you may submit the relevant documentation.

Important information about documentation

Due to the current situation, it may be difficult for students to sign documents related to mentoring or note-taking.

Disability Support Services is therefore giving students the option of sending a confirmation email instead. The emailed documentation will be reviewed by an external auditor.

The documentation must be sent from your student email account and include the following information:

  • Name of student:
  • Name of mentor/note-taker:
  • Number of hours worked:
  • Start date:
  • End date:

To ensure payment, it is important that the email is sent no more than two weeks after the last report on hours worked is submitted through Primula.

See Lund University’s general corona-related information for students

There are many types of disabilities that can make studying more difficult, for example, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia as well as visual and hearing impairment.

A variety of support measures are available to students with disabilities to give them similar opportunities as students without disabilities. One such support measure is to receive help from a study support mentor.

Working as a mentor

Your main task as a mentor is to help with planning and structure; to make suggestions based on your own experience and act as a sounding board.

Your role is to motivate and support the student based on their circumstances and level. You may share your knowledge and experience but the student is to conduct their own studies.

Mentors and students are matched by coordinators at the respective faculties.

Download the mentors’ handbook and learn more about mentoring (from the SPSM website)

Working as a mentor is both rewarding and educational, and can be a merit to add to your CV. The remuneration is SEK 120 per hour. The work usually involves 1–2 hours per week. 

If you are interested

Do you want to contribute by helping a fellow student?

Complete the expression of interest form to become a mentor

Desirable qualifications/qualities

  • At least one year of higher education studies
  • Good ability to plan and structure
  • Calm, secure and patient person
  • Knowledge about disabilities that can create challenges to studying
  • Experience in motivating and coaching

Major emphasis is placed on personal suitability.

Training and other activities for mentors are cancelled until further notice

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, all training courses and activities are cancelled until further notice.

Working as a note-taker

Working as a note-taker means that you share the notes you take during the lectures with one or more students who have been granted learning support.

The remuneration for sharing your notes is based on the number of credits for the course. Courses included in study programmes entitle you to higher remuneration.

If you have been asked to work as a note-taker, please contact infopedstod [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se for more information. 

Materials for study support mentors and note-takers

Information for students (about to start) working as mentors or note-takers

Contact information – Accessibility Officers

Please contact the Accessibility Officer at your faculty for information about available support and how to apply for it:

Carina Argelius
Student coordinator for students at Campus Helsingborg and the Malmö Academy of Music
carina [dot] argelius [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 3430

Kristian Frennessen
Coordinator for the School of Economics and Management, Faculty of Law, School of Social Work and the Bachelor’s degree programme in Political Science
kristian [dot] frennessen [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 8681

Christina Rowa
Coordinator for the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science
christina [dot] rowa [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 7050

Frida Björk
Coordinator for the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculties of Humanities and Theology
frida [dot] bjork [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 7077

Elisabet Ottosson
Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Sciences
elisabet [dot] ottosson [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se

Liselott Eriksson
Coordinator for Mentors
liselott [dot] eriksson [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 8826

Henrik Mejborn
Special Educator
henrik [dot] mejborn [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 3452