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New study explores individual differences in students’ perceptions and use of undergraduate mentoring

Goodman-Wilson, M. (2021). Individual differences in student perceptions and utilization of undergraduate mentoring. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 29(3), 328–348. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2021.1927439 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Although college academic mentoring can make a significant impact on one’s undergraduate experience, there is a limited amount of studies that explore how psychological individual difference factors affect […]

3 Interactions With a Mentor Can Help a Student Graduate. Here’s How.

By Goldie Blumenstyk Produced by Carmen Mendoza Following is a transcript of the conversation. “College to most students is that experience. It’s stepping onto a campus, feeling like a stranger in a strange land. And there’s so much that can be accomplished in college when someone has the right relationships at the right time.” —Jackson […]

Psychology students’ perception of mentoring

Cronan, T. A., Van Liew, C., Stal, J., Marr, N., Patrus, A., Mansoor, M., & Cronan, S. B. (2020). In the eye of the beholder: Students’ views of mentors in psychology. Teaching of  Psychology, 47(1), 15–23. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0098628319888067?journalCode=topa    Summarized by Ariel Ervin   Notes of Interest:  The present study assesses if students’ perception of mentoring has […]

Can a mentor influence a young person’s sense of purpose in life?

Lund, T., Liang, B., Konowitz, L., White, A., & DeSilva Mousseau, A. (2019). Quality over quantity?: Mentoring relationships and purpose development among college students. Psychology in the Schools, 56(9), 1472-1481. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There is increasing evidence that there’s a link between life purpose and positive outcomes for adolescents and young adults […]

Mentoring Relationships, Cultural Fitness, and College and Life Satisfaction of Racial/Ethnic Minority Undergraduates

Castellanos, J., Gloria, A., Besson, D., & Harvey, L. (2016). Mentoring Matters: Racial Ethnic Minority Undergraduates’ Cultural Fit, Mentorship, and College and Life Satisfaction. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 46(2), 81-98. Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest: Analyzes the extent that “cultural fit” (describes the cultural congruity and the attitudes of the college setting) and […]

Youth in foster care need more support in transition to college

By Eshonteé Rowe, Youth Today Going through the foster care system isn’t easy, but what happens to youth as they begin to transition into life outside foster care? Many conversations come up about turning 18 and plans for after graduation, but they are typically just conversations if the youth doesn’t have the appropriate adult supporters […]

How disadvantaged students manage to get to and through college

Meloy, M., Curtis, K., Tucker, S., Previ, B., Storrod, M. L., Gordon, G., … Delacruz, M. (2018). Surviving All the Way to College: Pathways Out of One of America’s Most Crime Ridden Cities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518789899 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: What helps someone be resilient to the many difficulties they […]

These tools help coach college youth aged out of foster care to develop relationships

By Yvonne Unrau, Youth Today What does it take to engage students who age out of foster care into supportive relationships on the college campus? It helps to understand that relationships formed with supportive adults, such as caseworkers, foster parents, guardians ad litem and other professionals, while in foster care can change frequently for youth, […]

Complicated lives, complicated excuses

by Jean Rhodes I maintain an email file of the student excuses I’ve received in my 20 years as a professor at UMass Boston. Some are predictable for college students, “I spilled coke on my computer and it turned off and won’t come back on,” or “This is embarrassing but I was several pages into […]

PBS NewsHour: Why first-generation students need mentors who get them

PBS’ September 20, 2016, podcast of their NewsHour series tackled the importance of mentors to first-generation college students. To access the podcast, click here. You can find the transcript of the essay from novelist Jennine Capo Crucet below, as well.   GWEN IFILL: We close with an essay. Novelist Jennine Capo Crucet grew up in […]