Mentorship plays an important role in facilitating student success. Mentoring relationships encourage the transfer of relevant knowledge, skills, and competencies that enable students to succeed in their studies and professional careers. Besides, it can also enhance a student’s productivity and self-esteem, help them set new goals, and provide clarity on how to take appropriate actions for their future.

This relationship encourages valuable lifelong learning experiences and aids in the development of communication and interpersonal skills. Additionally, peer mentoring among university students is one of the most valuable forms of student support, especially when students are facing difficulties in their studies or emotional development.

According to Dr. Sarah Nufable, Associate Professor at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), the medical course is undeniably difficult, and there are transition points along the way (for example, during Year 1 and Year 3). “During these challenging and uncharted times, it will be beneficial for a student to have somebody to turn to for advice on a variety of issues that may require decision making not only academically but also personally,” she noted. 

She added that NUMed mentors are encouraged to identify red flags of non-coping with the system by monitoring the e-portfolio accomplishments and reading verbal and non-verbal cues of their mentees during meetings. It is important for mentors to pay attention to their mentees’ educational growth in order to assist them with the necessary guidance.

Dr. Madihah Rushaidhi, Associate Professor and Dean of Biomedical Sciences at NUMed, stated that NUMed’s mentorship guidance serves as long-term support centred on building the student’s confidence and growth in academic excellence throughout the duration of their degree programme at the university. 

“Students are introduced to their tutors during the induction week, and they will then have regular meetings each semester, particularly before and after examinations. Students are also consulted for any issues related to pastoral support, financial and emotional wellbeing, as well as general wellbeing, apart from academic issues,” Dr Madihah explained.

There are various activities that can help university students with their mentor-mentee relationship, beginning with the creation of a mentoring plan, which allows both parties to describe their expectations and ensure that they are in line with their aims and intents. “Mentors and mentees can also discuss current issues, which could lead to TED Talks among students. These talks will help students gain confidence while learning, which will aid in the development of their soft skills,” Dr Nufable added.

Dr. Madihah explained that a Student Support Plan (SSP) is normally drafted to assist students with chronic or long-term issues so adjustments could be made during various occasions, for example to get some extension or break time during the assessment or during the final examinations. 

“Medical school, like other university courses and life in general, is challenging. With the passage of time, the challenge will get increasingly tough. However, help is available, and students must seek it when necessary,” Dr. Nufable highlighted. She added that NUMed believes greatness is achieved with support, inspiration, and empowerment, and that it aims to promote career success to students through experience-based mentorship and continuous student support. 

Renowned for its excellent support services, NUMed is committed to prioritising its students’ wellbeing at all times. As such, NUMed students will find themselves closely supported by mentors from both members of the staff as well as their peers, allowing for a vibrant student life to be achieved during their time there.

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