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Peer Mentoring

Peer mentoring has been shown to positively impact average GPA, credits earned, and student retention. Peer mentoring also supports students’ adjustment to college. WVC’s Academic Peer Mentoring will match you with a peer mentor who will support you and teach you the skills necessary to improve your academic success. These skills can be applied across a wide range of courses throughout your educational career. 

Topics for mentoring sessions might include:

Improving Your
Study Strategies
  • Time Management
  • Procrastination
  • Organization
  • Goal Setting/Motivation
  • Note Taking 
  • Making/Using Flash Cards
  • Preparing for Exams
  • Becoming a Self Advocate
Helping You
Navigate College
  • Running Start Support
  • Financial Aid
  • Understanding Degree Options
  • Registration
  • Purchasing Books
  • Transferring to a 4-year University
Connecting You
with Resources
  • Academic Resources: 
    Library, Math Center, Write Lab, tutoring
  • Student Support Services:
    CAMP, TRIO, MESA
  • Additional Resources:
    Counseling, Food Bank, Career Center

Peer Mentoring Time Commitment

You can ask a one-time question or you can join the program. We ask  those who join the program to meet with their peer mentor every week for 30 min or more. At your first meeting, you will find a time that works best for you and your mentor's schedule. You can meet with your mentor via zoom.

Expectations for Students Who Use Peer Mentoring 

  • You will work towards the goals you set with your peer mentor each week
  • While the peer mentor can help you explore strategies for motivation and discipline, it is your responsibility to apply those strategies to your studies
  • You will come to mentoring sessions prepared to self-reflect on your academic strategies and open to trying new ones.

Meet the Mentors

Gaby MartinezGabby came to the WVC campus as a running start student where she then spent 3 years completing her Associates in Science Transfer Degree before transferring to Eastern Washington University. She is currently studying to become a Dentist and has taken numerous STEM courses. She is well equipped to support students from running start through the transfer/completion process. She is also an excellent resource for anyone interested in pursuing a career in STEM or needing support in science or math courses. 
email at gmartinezvera@wvc.edu   

 

Tania RuizTania is in her second year at WVC and is pursuing a career in education. She is currently navigating the transfer process to a four-year university where she will continue to study history and become a grade 7-12 history teacher. As a future educator, she excels in helping people broaden and improve their study skills and time management strategies. She is also an excellent accountability partner for anyone in need of external support.
email at truiz@wvc.edu

 

 

Facutly Partner: Christa Cacciata, ccacciata@wvc.edu