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In general I think of a tutor as a person supporting a particular content area such as math.  I think our tutors also act as mentors in terms of their role to encourage and suggesting resources and study strategies. 

A mentor who is not a tutor would be someone who provides more generalized support, such study strategies or overall guidance in decision-making and choices,  but whose role is not associated with any particular content area.  

Hope this helps!


Pat
 
Patricia A. Maher, Ph. D.
Director, Academic Success Center
(Formerly Tutoring & Learning Services)
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
LIB122
Tampa, FL  33620
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To me, they mean the same thing. However, I strenuously avoid using the term "mentor" to describe our tutors, because I do not think that they mean the same thing to others. 

In general, I think "mentor" conjures the image of someone one can call on for advice at any (reasonable) time. I very much want to discourage students from thinking of their tutors in this way, mostly for the protection of the tutors. We already have enough students who ask to be FB friends with their tutor, or who text them in the middle of the night, or email with "quick" questions. Not their job, but awkward for them to say so.

Jered Wasburn-Moses
Math Center Coordinator
Success Skills Coordinator
Learning Assistance Programs
Northern Kentucky University
http://lap.nku.edu
University Center 170F
(859) 572-5779

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Subject: Definition of Roles: Peer Mentors v. Tutors

Good Day,

This is a general inquiry to anyone in the field. I am curious to how you would define a Peer Mentor vs. a Tutor, in terms of role. I have had a few colleagues ask me for the difference; however, I suspect it may vary from context to context.

Any insight would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

Cheers!
Brian

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