Answer to "What are formats for mentoring?"


Topic Editor: Lianne Loosveld

A number of mentoring formats can be distinguished; traditional one-on-one mentoring, team/group mentoring and peer mentoring (Johnson, 2007). A benefit of having a one-on-one relationship with a mentee is the development of trust, relational connections and mutuality that are crucial for good mentoring. These are more difficult to develop in a group format.  Team (group or cohort) mentoring is a nice addition to individual mentoring in the sense that it can offer students also a feeling of peer support, modelling, professional identity though team-membership, a bigger network and interactions with people with different interest, expertise, orientations and perspectives. In peer (or lateral) mentoring, which can be both formal and informal, usually novice and more experienced students are paired into dyads. Peer mentoring helps to introduce incoming students to institutions by giving insight, information and advice, normalising transition-related anxieties, being able to give emotional support and being a role model. As with staff mentors, it is advised to offer peer mentors some form of support like initial orientation training or continuing mentoring education.



Johnson W (2007). On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.