In2science mentors attend one class a week over 10 weeks. During the placement, they assist students with their work and discuss their own experiences with science and mathematics. You can get involved by becoming a mentor or hosting a mentor.
Many mentors, different experiences
Mentoring can be undertaken one-on-one, with small groups of students, as a ‘classroom rover’, or in any combination throughout the placement.
In2science mentors can work closely with 1-4 students for all or some of the 10 week placement. These students are identified by the classroom teacher when requesting a mentor. Examples of individuals/groups who would benefit from a one-to-one mentor include but are not limited to:
- struggling/at risk students
- gifted and talented students who are losing enthusiasm
- female students in a majority male class
- students with English as an additional language
The role of the classroom rover is to support the teacher, especially during practical experiments. Where possible, the subject specialisation of the mentor would be selected to compliment the teacher’s knowledge (e.g. placing a physics student with a biology specialist teacher who is teaching physics), so the mentor can enhance the student experience by providing additional background knowledge.
In2science has commenced an online mentoring program available to regional and rural schools.
Over the course of 10 weeks, the mentor will stay in touch with students utilising online technologies. This regular contact will allow students to ask questions about science, maths and university life.