King’s College Sixth Form Academic Mentoring Program

What is the Sixth Form Mentoring Program?

The sixth form mentoring programme is a voluntary programme set up by the sixth form students led by Victoria Sonksen that matches younger students in Years 7 to 11 to a subject student expert in the Sixth Form.  Through this relationship, student peer mentors provide advice and support on difficult topics, and act as an additional support to departmental ´clinics´.

The aim is to provide students with alternative strategies to make improvements in their class and homework and hence increase their achievement and academic performance.

Who refers the students to the mentoring programme?

Referrals are made by the Academic Coordinators to the Head of Sixth Form.  Tutors and teachers refer names of underperforming students to their academic coordinator. Before the mentoring starts, a meeting between the student and academic coordinator takes place to explain the process.

At the end of a mentoring session, sixth form mentors provide some comments to the sixth form coordinator, and information is shared with the other academic coordinators, so there is coordinated and informed support for the student.

How often does the student meet with their mentors and where?

Sixth form mentors are matched with a referred mentee and meet with their mentee as regularly as is necessary (please see list of student mentors by subject)

Individual support, once a week, arranged during lunchtime (2.25-3.00pm) – refer to the mentoring list of days, time and location.
Location: Available rooms in History and Geography corridor.

What type of help is offered by the student mentors?

The types of help offered:

  • Help developing exam revision techniques and tips to help prepare for exams.
  • Recap theories taught in class and making it understandable to the student.
  • Help with organisation of class notes.
  • Build confidence and encourage positive thinking in the subject.
  • Improve motivation and develop aspirations.

What should the student mentor NOT expect to do?

The Mentor should NOT expect to:

  • Replace the role of a teacher.
  • Prepare extra resources for their student; it is the responsibility of individual teachers who have highlighted underachieving students to supply extra work as necessary to the student, whose responsibility is then to take it to their mentors for support.
  • Provide learning support.
  • Provide Counselling.