Guided Engineering Academic Review Sessions: Academic Mentors – Job Description


Guided Engineering Academic Review Sessions (GEARS) Academic Mentors are enthusiastic peer helpers who work with first year students to improve their study skills and support their learning.  Their role is to help fellow students integrate how to learn (process of learning) with what students are learning in class.

Academic Mentors help students engage in learning key academic skills during drop-in sessions. Academic mentors are organized and creative students who are committed to helping fellow students succeed and thus act as model students to their peers.

Academic Mentors are expected to spend approximately 15-20 hours per semester in training and facilitating study sessions.

Primary Duties

As an Academic Mentor, you will:

  • host a one 1-hour session per week throughout the term, and additional sessions during exam time
  • act a resource for first year students, answering their questions about upper year programs and referring them to additional academic resources (i.e. Math Aid Centre, professors, TAs, the First Year & Engineering Science offices)
  • participate in the pre-program training workshop and attend mandatory meetings with the program supervisors
  • develop promotional materials and publicize GEARS to students
  • track GEARS session attendance and report weekly attendance to the GEARS supervisor


To be eligible to be selected as a GEARS Academic Mentor, you must:

  • be a full-time registered second or third year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto
  • have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • demonstrated high achievement in first year technical courses
  • attend the mandatory training session (date TBD)
  • be well organized, enthusiastic, and demonstrate excellent and effective study skills.