What makes iMentor’s curriculum distinctive is its joint focus on not only supporting excellence in the classroom, but also addressing the social, personal, and emotional factors that are directly tied to college readiness. To this end, our partnerships with New York City schools enable us to design writing prompts and assignment sheets to structure mentor and mentee interactions that align with specific college-readiness goals.
At the “Study for Something” event on May 26, strategically timed to coincide with final exams, mentors guided 50 11th graders from the Secondary School for Law in taking a study skills assessment quiz and identifying areas to improve their test-taking preparation. Held in one of Baruch College’s conference spaces, the gathering provided many of these students with their first chance to visit a college campus. Some top iMentor tips to students included: remembering to use a planner to track upcoming test dates and deadlines, setting achievement intentions before completing assignments to maximize their personal return, and underlining key passages to aid reading comprehension rather than simply relying on memory.
This event is just one of a dynamic cluster that iMentor holds for its students at 15 partner schools each month, all of which aim to heighten academic curiosity and promote college planning. One recent event prompted iMentor high school sophomores to chat with their mentors about what makes them feel energized or concerned about the upcoming school year. Another asked high school seniors to work with their mentors on budget planning in order to sharpen their financial literacy skills before they head off to college and are tasked with managing money.
Through this curriculum, our mentors are helping students build skills that will last a lifetime.