GUIDed mentorship programme is an educational partnership between a mentor, who has more experience and competencies and can inspire, encourage and provide the motivated person with all the necessary support, and a student, who wants to take over the mentor’s experience and knowledge and apply it in the future. It aims to develop intelligence in a broader context, transfer existing knowledge or facilitate integration in new academic and socio-cultural environments. The GUIDed mentorship programme is active at Kaunas University of Technology since 2014. The programme aims to motivate young people to pursue their goals, help them understand the future opportunities and prospects that await them after graduation, and indicate what they should focus on during their studies at the University to achieve as much as their chosen mentor has.
The peer mentor introduces the student to University life.
Peer mentor is an upperclassman student who helps first-year students:
Choosing the mentor
The students do not need to choose this mentor the mentor is assigned to the entire academic group automatically in the Academic Information System (AIS). The information on the peer mentor will be available in the section of the Mentorship Programme at the end of August.
The main activities of the mentor and academic group:
Tutor counseling provides a medium for academic growth for the student.
Tutor is a student volunteer who helps to deepen the knowledge in a certain field (mathematics, informatics, physics, chemistry, etc.). Tutors can also help to improve academic skills (prepare written works, prepare and give presentations or analyse data.
A tutor provides consultations on the chosen subject of studies individually or in small groups. The timetable of the consultations for the current semester is prepared at the end of September and February and announced in the section Mentorship Programme of the Academic Information System (AIS). Students can choose a suitable time and attend the consultations or any tutor providing them.
Provides an opportunity to engage in scientific activities.
An academic mentor will help you to:
Curiosity and the desire to learn as much as possible, to find, to find, accompany us throughout our lives. This affects people with a scientific streak the most. Such students are suggested not to hesitate, to be interested in scientific research while studying, to be encouraged in the creation of innovations and inventions.
An academic mentor is an experienced academic staff member (scientist or researcher) in the scientific field. He/she can advise on issues of scientific activity or help start activities in the field of scientific research.
An academic mentor focuses on the individual needs and goals of the student, i.e. you to the student as a person. Seeing the whole picture can help a student achieve their academic or career goals. When a student has a clear understanding, it is much easier and better for him/her to study, he/she successfully completes his studies.
Cooperation with top-level professionals in the fields of science and business.
Career mentor is a person with professional experience who is the student’s mentor on the issues of career planning and personal development.
It is a person who has achieved his/her life goals with the knowledge and competencies he/she has acquired and passes on his/her good experience and knowledge to a student who is less experienced.
Students of all years and cycles of studies can become peer mentors. Registration of peer mentors takes place on 1-31 May, annually.
What do you have to do?
GUIDed Junior programme aims to encourage communication between students and pupils. If you are communicative and active, we invite you to join the team of the GUIDed Junior mentors and share your experience outside the University (contact the Career and Service Centre by email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can become a tutor, if you feel that the module you have completed was not difficult and you can and are willing to help others, you are invited to join the team of tutors (contact the Career and Service Centre by email at email@example.com).
Tutoring programme is a peer support and volunteering activity offered by GUIDed KTU. Being a tutor since 2020, I have met different types of the students with whom we were solving problems, exercises and homeworks from Mathematics 1, Physics and class of Engineering Mechanics.
During each 1.5 hours, I have consulted a group of the students who had individual doubts regarding the above given subjects. By using simple methods of explanation and offering non-identical samples, me and students could reach the aim of the consultations.
Each year, the tutor program guided not just the learners who were registered for consultation, but also me as a student with refreshing my mind and keeping the knowledge by practice. Bringing together people with common experience to uphold each other – is the main goal of GUIDed KTU.
Assemzhan Kunsakova, tutor
Choosing the mentor
Students wishing to have a career mentor have to participate in the competition at the beginning of the autumn or spring semester (there are two selections per academic year) in the Academic Information System (AIS), where the list of career mentors is available.
What do you have to do?
What is the process?
The first stages of the selection consider the student’s questionnaire: a motivation letter, and the student’s aspirations for participation in the programme.
During the second stage of the selection, interviews are conducted with the career mentor selection committee and students who have passed the first stage of the selection. During the interviews, the student’s motivation, the need for a career mentor and the criteria expressed by the mentor are the most important factors.
Students who have suggestions for potential career mentors are advised to contact the University’s Mentorship Programme Coordinator.
Choosing the mentor
A list of academic mentors, with more detailed information about them and their areas of research and consultations, is available in the Academic Information System (AIS).
What do you have to do to get involved in research activities?
What do you have to do if you want to get a consultation on a study-related issue?
Scientific activity with a mentor is an excellent opportunity to acquire or expand knowledge in areas that may not be widely taught at the university, and in which it is very difficult to acquire knowledge independently. There are many academic mentors in the university, as well as areas in which they have a lot of experience, so probably everyone can find a relevant, important or interesting area in which they can gain knowledge and contribute to scientific activities. In this way, you can easily understand the intricacies of a specific field of science and receive invaluable advice. Contributing to research activities in the fields of an academic mentor, I realized that the help and cooperation of another person with a large amount of knowledge are extremely significant factors for achieving high results, gaining experience in an environment directly related to the research field, and in order to discover one’s abilities, mistakes and goals .
Dainius Šaltenis IF
Career mentoring contests are held twice in a school year at September and January. Application form you can find in the academic information system.