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Academic Mentoring

Advising

Academic Mentoring is a developmental academic support program that complements Academic Advising. Together, these programs comprise Advising at Otis.

Academic Mentoring provides sequential, guided discussion and fosters student reflection about individual educational and career path issues. Research shows that guided discussions of issues that impact students' sense of control over their academic outcomes enhance overall student success. For example, Academic Mentoring helps students to: 

  • More successfully navigate the transition into college
  • Define educational goals and make full use of campus and community resources during college
  • Identify and prepare for broader educational and/or career options after college.

 

Student Working

 

Academic Mentoring begins the first term of Foundation Year. Students meet with a faculty Academic Mentor once each term until they graduate. During one semester of the Junior year, the Center for Creative Professions provides career advising to begin preparations for internship and professional opportunities. Transfer students begin Academic Mentoring during the term in which they enter the College, and meet with an Academic Mentor once each term, through graduation.

Academic Mentoring is a unique, academic control-enhancing process that is organized around a set of questions relating to educational milestones, and builds upon answers considered in previous terms to help students acquire skills and attitudes that promote their intellectual and personal development. Students confer with Academic Mentors on key questions and challenges that shape their educational experiences, from adjusting to college life to choosing a major, defining and fulfilling educational goals, and transitioning toward graduate education or professional practice.

Of course, if college life--or life in general--becomes overwhelming, individual Student Counseling is also available.

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Siri Kaur   

Please contact Academic Mentoring Coordinator, Siri Kaur (skaur@otis.edu) (310) 665-6996 (room AHMN 506), for assistance with appointments, follow-ups, or questions.

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Also please visit the Student Affairs web page, or contact:

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Resources

For Students:

  • Use the online student scheduling interface to make an appointment with an Academic Mentor.

  • Post reflections about your academic progress, your goals and aspirations in your e-portfolio!
  • Review The Hoot (College catalog)
  • Tell us about your Academic Mentoring experience!

 

For Academic Mentors:

Relevant Literature: