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Frequently Asked Questions

Peer mentors support students during their academic and social adjustment to Skyline College. Peer mentors work with individuals to discuss different techniques and skills that students can attain to be successful in college.

Peer mentors work with students on a one-on-one basis for 30 minutes. In these meetings both the mentor and student will talk about any challenges the student may be experiencing, and create strategies that the student can implement or improve upon that will resolve the challenges.

Peer mentors can help ease understand college culture by: discussing how to navigate college life, connecting students with appropriate resources and services, developing essential skills and strategies for college success, and walking students through the right tools (Websmart, Canvas, Webschedule, etc) to make sure their time at Skyline College is worthwhile.

No. Peer mentors do not provide tutoring services but we are more than happy to refer students to the available services on campus. We focus on building students overall skill set (time management, study strategies, etc).

No. Peer mentors do not help students prepare students Student Educational Plans, select courses or fulfill the role of their Skyline College Counselor. However, we can help students get connected with the Counseling Department if you need to make a counseling appointment.

Students can discuss many topics with peer mentor. Topics range from time management, avoiding procrastination, studying for a midterm, reducing school stress, and becoming involved at Skyline College. Peer mentors have been through the college transition and know some of the challenges you may be facing. Conversations with peer mentors are confidential unless there is a danger to self or others.

We recommend to meet with a peer mentor at least twice a month.

Yes. We understand that sometimes students may differ with a peer mentor. You may request to be assigned a different mentor if needed. Please make a request change by emailing gutierrezraymon@smccd.edu with your full name, and a statement as to why you would like to switch peer mentors.

You can request to meet with a peer mentor at Peer Mentor Service Request Form, or contact us at gutierrezraymon@smccd.edu to learn more about the program.

Feel free to come to our office in The Learning Center (building 5, Rm 5110) and meet our Retention Specialist, Raymon Gutierrez, or email us at gutierrezraymon@smccd.edu for any questions.

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