Mentoring Training

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Since the 2012/2013 winter semester, Freie Universität Berlin has offered a mentoring program to support beginning students. Experienced students (mentors) support a group of mentees through their first two semesters, helping them to plan their studies, network with one another, and develop study and work strategies. Mentors at the departments receive intensive preparation for this role through the mentoring training activities offered by the Career Service.

The mentoring program is supported by funding provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under its Qualitätspakt Lehre (Quality Pact for Teaching) initiative, as part of the “SUPPORT” project.

Who can participate in mentoring training?

Mentoring training is a certificate program that teaches skills in teaching at the university level as well as methodological competencies. It is aimed at students at Freie Universität Berlin who:

  • wish to become active as student mentors within their departments;
  • are interested in acquiring fundamental skills in teaching at the university level for teaching and advising activities while they are students, and/or
  • wish to complete mentoring training as a module within the general professional skills (Allgemeine Berufsvorbereitung, ABV) study field.

What are the benefits of mentoring training?

Everything you learn during mentoring training is something you can try out and further develop in practice during your activities as a mentor. But even if you wish to work as a tutor or become active in other teaching contexts, the skills imparted during this training are still valuable. Mentoring training is also an excellent opportunity to prepare for important tasks during your professional life after you complete your study program.

What will you learn in mentoring training?

The content of the mentoring training is designed for teaching and advising activities carried out by students, particularly for activities as a mentor. But even if you wish to work as a tutor or become active in other teaching contexts, the skills imparted during this training are still valuable. Mentoring training is also an excellent opportunity to prepare for important tasks during your professional life after you complete your study program, as it gives you a chance to work with others to develop and try out basic skills in teaching at the university level, methodological know-how, and communication and advising strategies. You will learn how to do the following:

  • Present content in an organized way and explain matters in an understandable manner
  • Spark interest and motivate others
  • Use methods and media productively
  • Steer discussion processes efficiently, e.g. by asking good questions
  • Deal with disruptions, issues, and blocks within the group and in the case of individuals
  • Plan mentoring sessions in terms of content and methodology

How is mentoring training structured?

The mentoring training consists of six one-day workshops totaling 44 hours in all. It takes place during the period when classes are not in session (the vorlesungsfreie Zeit), between July and October of each year. 

The mentoring training program is designed to apply across disciplines. The specific content and design of mentoring sessions and programs varies from department to department. The specific mentoring representatives within the departments are responsible for these details.

What you receive from us in addition to training:

Registration for mentoring training

The mentoring training program is responsible for training budding mentors. If you have questions regarding working as a mentor at your department and would like information on the requirements and how to apply, please contact your department’s mentoring representative(s).

Registration for mentoring training takes place online, via the Career Service website.