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Become a study support mentor

Students studying. Photo: Johan Persson.

As study support mentor for a student with a functional impairment, you have a very important role. The role involves helping a student to plan and structure their studies. In this way, you can help a student study more successfully, while learning a lot yourself.

The mentorship assignment 

As a study support mentor, you can help to improve the study situation of a student who needs learning support. At the same time, you gain valuable experience that is often of merit when you go on to look for jobs after your studies. 

Being a study support mentor requires, on average, two hours per week. The assignment is a paid position, which means that you receive a fee after each semester.

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

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 intermediate 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.

In the Mentor Handbook, you can read more about the mentorship assignment and tools that may be useful to you in your role as a study support mentor. Look at our information for current study support mentors too:

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 are also keen to see that you have the following qualifications/qualities:

  • 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 Disability Support Services.

For tax reasons, you need to have a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer) in order to take up an assignment as a study support mentor.

The fee per semester is SEK 4,800 before tax 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.

If you are interested in taking up a mentorship assignment, you can register via the form below. Remember that for tax reasons, you need to have a Swedish personal identity number in order to take up an assignment as a study support mentor.

Contact information

If you have questions concerning the mentorship assignment, please contact:

Liselott Eriksson, study support mentor coordinator
liselott [dot] eriksson [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se

Related links

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