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Working as a study support mentor

If you have been studying for a couple of semesters, why not help a student with a disability by offering peer support as a student mentor?

A student explaining someone to another student with a focused expression on her face

Dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, visual impairment and hearing impairment are examples of disabilities which can make studying more difficult for many students. People with a disability can get learning support from the University, for example through peer support from a mentor.

Working as a mentor for a student offers you opportunities for your own learning and development, as you get a chance to revise and share your knowledge. It is also a good qualification to add to your CV and at the end of your assignment, you will get a certificate stating that you supported a fellow student alongside your own studies.

Job description

Your task as a mentor is mainly about supporting the student in planning and structuring his or her studies. You make suggestions based on your own experience and function as a sounding-board. Your role is about motivating and supporting the student, on the basis of the student’s own circumstances and level. The student him- or herself is responsible for doing the studying. You are there as support.

The working hours are approximately 1–2 hours per week. You will be paid by the hour. Few people take on this role for the money, however; most see it as an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience.

Person specification

  • At least one year of university studies
  • Good ability to plan and organise
  • Calm, secure and patient person
  • NB: to receive payment for your work as a mentor, you need a Swedish personal identity number

It is an additional qualification to

  • have some knowledge of disabilities which can pose challenges in a study situation, such as reading and writing difficulties or neuropsychiatric and mental disabilities.
  • have experience of motivating and coaching others.

In the selection of mentors, the emphasis is on personal suitability for the role.

Expression of interest

Does this sound interesting? Fill in an expression of interest to become a mentor!

Fill in the expression of interest form

Materials for study support mentors

Information for students (about to start) working as mentors

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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 Faculties of Humanities and Theology
carina [dot] argelius [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 3430

Christel Berg
Coordinator for the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts and Faculty of Social Sciences
christel [dot] berg [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 3490

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
frida [dot] bjork [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 7077

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