10 OSFC students have volunteered to be literacy mentors for the College. The students are all in their second year and will be giving up their free time over the next few months to help other students who are struggling with various aspects of literacy, such as structuring essays or using verbs. Some of the mentees that have already been paired with a literacy mentor are retaking their English GCSE, for others English is their second language and some are high achievers who want some extra support with essay structures.
Jennifer Benzer, English Language tutor and organiser of the scheme, said, “The College is proud to offer a literacy mentor scheme where specially trained students offer one to one support to students who would like extra help with their writing. The mentors have taken part in literacy workshops to improve their own writing skills and are now looking forward to passing on their expertise to other students.”
Mentor Ruhe Begum said, “Some students are more receptive to 1-1 help, and some find it easier to have another student to talk to. I feel quite confident meeting and talking to other students as I have gained experience of this already as a Student Ambassador for the College.”
Mentor Eleanor Shackley said, “As well as helping other students, I’m finding the scheme is helping me too as it’s like extra revision.”
If you are interested in receiving literacy mentoring please contact Jennifer Benzer (firstname.lastname@example.org).