Student Mentors - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)


What is the Mentoring Centre?

The Student Mentoring Centre is there to help students in the Faculty of Arts adjust to university life, succeed in their studies, and enrich their university experience. Assistance offered depends on each student’s individual needs. All services are free.

How can mentors help me?

Academically, mentors can help you learn techniques for time management, note taking, effective reading, stress management and exam preparation. Mentors can also help you set priorities and show you how to achieve your goals.

Professionally and personally, mentors can support you if you have doubts or concerns and will listen if you just need someone to talk to. They can help you find answers to your questions, refer you to appropriate services or just share university experiences with you.

What is the difference between mentoring and tutoring?

Mentors provide advice and guidance to help you achieve your academic goals, while tutors explain subject matter covered in first-year philosophy courses. Unlike tutors, mentors do not discuss course subject matter.

If you need a tutor for a subject other than philosophy, contact the Peer Help Centre, which can provide you with a list of tutors for various courses.

Are mentoring sessions confidential?

All individual Mentor-Mentee sessions are completely confidential. This is designed so students can feel free to talk about their personal issues and concerns in a secure yet unrestrictive environment.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Students with an appointment get priority, so it is better to make an appointment.

How long are the appointments?

The appointments can last up to an hour.

How many appointments can I make per week?

A student can make one appointment per week or more depending on his or her needs.

What should I bring to my appointment?

You should bring your course outlines and notes, as well as any other useful information, such as your class and work schedules and schedules for any sports or social commitments.

Can I continue to see the same mentor throughout the whole academic session?

Yes you can. Most students are paired with a mentor the first time they enter the mentoring centre. If you would like to continue to see the same person, make sure you make your next appointment when you mentor is in!

Can mentors edit my essay?

Mentors can help you develop an outline for your essay and suggest writing techniques, but they do not check grammar, spelling or syntax.

Is the Faculty of Arts Student Mentoring Centre just for Arts students?

Each faculty at the University of Ottawa has its own Mentoring Centre, but we will not turn away students from other faculties.

 How can I become a student mentor?

If you would like to become a student mentor please contact Étienne Pépin, Coordonator, Mentoring Centre, at

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