FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS MENTORING?
Mentoring is guiding and offering advice and expertise in order to develop the skills, knowledge and personal growth of the individual being mentored.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TUTORING AND MENTORING?
The definitions are quite different. A tutor is a private teacher, working in a specific area to help an individual with their learning and understanding of that subject.
Sue Grunwald writes in her article, “Mentoring vs Tutoring: are they the same?”, “Mentoring is multi dimensional and involves more than the academic part of a person the way tutoring does— it concerns a young persons’ life.
A tutor assists someone with learning a new process or concept, whereas a mentor, on the other hand, goes far beyond the role of a tutor.” You can read the full article:
DO YOU RECOMMEND TUTORS?
Occasionally, we may recommend that the student may benefit from extra tuition in certain subjects but we do not work with particular tutors.
HOW DOES MENTORING AT STUDENT NAVIGATOR WORK?
Mentoring at Student Navigator offers guidance and support throughout the duration of the course that the student is studying, enabling the student to optimise their skills and outcomes.
Please take time to read the testimonials from students and parents as they best describe and explain the mentoring process.
DO THE PROGRAMMES THAT YOU OFFER WORK REMOTELY?
Yes, they do. We do see students from further afield in the UK and abroad and use Skype, FaceTime and Bit Paper to make this possible, and it works successfully. However, if you do live within travelling distance, we recommend that you make the commitment to attend the sessions face to face.
WHERE IS STUDENT NAVIGATOR BASED?
Student Navigator is based in Roundhay, North Leeds. We see students face to face from the surrounding areas of Harrogate, York, Wakefield and Bradford as well as Leeds.
IF MY SON OR DAUGHTER ATTENDS THE MENTORING OR ANOTHER COURSE OFFERED BY STUDENT NAVIGATOR, WILL THEY ACHIEVE OR EXCEED THEIR TARGET GRADES?
While most of our students do achieve or exceed their target grades, there is no guarantee that they will do so. Our primary aim is to support the student is working independently in order to optimise their outcomes.
DOES STUDENT NAVIGATOR GUARANTEE A PLACE ON THE UNIVERSITY COURSE OF THEIR CHOICE?
It is not a guarantee. Many university courses are extremely competitive and places are based on the quality of the individual application, including the qualifications attained and predicted, personal statement and school reference. Student Navigator offers the student guidance and advice in making an informed application but it is ultimately up to the individual student and the strength of their application.
WHY DOES THE PARENT OR CARER NEED TO BE PRESENT DURING THE FIRST SESSION WITH STUDENT NAVIGATOR IF THE STUDENT IS 18 OR UNDER?
Although we are DBS checked, it is important that both the student and the parent/carer feel comfortable in the process as well as committing to the process. After the first session, the student can attend on their own. Some parents choose to attend every session, while other parents like to drop in from time to time and some parents prefer to let the student attend on their own.
WHAT ARE THE FEES?
Please follow this link to view our fees.