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What is a Learner Mentor?
A Learner Mentor is assigned to each student at Richard Bland College of William & Mary. Learner Mentors:
- Are a point of contact throughout your time at RBC
- Are someone to go to with your questions and needs
- Help you develop an individualized academic plan
- Help you explore majors and careers
- Connect you to tutors and provide you with strategies to be successful in your class
- Richard Bland College Learner Mentor video
Who is my Learner Mentor?
To find out who your Learner Mentor is login to Banner. Click on Student > Student Records > View Student Information. You’ll see your Learner Mentor listed, and you can find their contact information here
When do I need to meet with my Learner Mentor?
Typically you will meet with your Learner Mentor at the beginning of every semester, you will also want to check in with them throughout the semester, or whenever you have questions, concerns, need help with study habits . . . the list goes on and on! Your Learner Mentor is your resource for success. Use their knowledge! They’re there just for you!
Meet With Your Learner Mentor
- Whenever you encounter problems that affect your academic performance
- When it is time to schedule classes (Be sure to register as early as possible!)
- To discuss academic progress
- To explore transfer school
- To explore majors/careers
- To withdraw from a course
- To learn more about campus resources
How do I declare my degree?
The Process for Declaring Your Degree
- Use the college catalog to better understand the different degree options and their requirements.
- Choose which degree you want.
- Use the college catalog or your degree evaluation on banner to plan out which courses you’ll take to fulfill your degree and remaining curriculum requirements.
- Complete the form by clicking here to formally declare your degree.
- You will receive an email confirmation once your degree has been successfully changed. This process is only done once a week.
- Meet with your Learner Mentor to go over the requirements of your degree together.
- You are responsible for understanding and meeting the requirements of your degree.
Breakdown of the Degree Options
Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)
The Associate in Arts Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of the arts, humanities, or the behavioral and social sciences. There are fewer math and science course requirements to meet this degree.
Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)
The Associate in Science Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of education, business, health professions, social work, engineering, or one of the natural sciences. There is no foreign language requirement to earn this degree.
Liberal Arts Certificate
The Liberal Arts Certificate (31 cr.) is designed to document students’ progress towards the A.A. or A.S. degrees. After two semesters of coursework, students will have a solid grounding in the liberal arts and will be prepared for their sophomore year, either at Richard Bland College or elsewhere.
Preparing to meet with your Learner Mentor
- Prepare a list of questions/concerns that you have for your Learner Mentor
- Think about your goals and how Richard Bland College can help you achieve them
- If you are meeting about course registration/scheduling: prepare a list of possible courses
- Arrive on time
- Be prepared to discuss details of your academic performance
- Bring your planner or calendar to jot notes for future appointments
- Bring an open mind and readiness to accept new information or new ways of seeing things
How do I schedule an appointment with my Learner Mentor?
To schedule an appointment with your Learner Mentor you can use the calendar feature on canvas.
Step 1: Log into canvas
Step 2: Click the calendar on the left hand toolbar
Step 3: Click “scheduler” on the top right of the screen
Step 4: Click on your Learner Mentor’s Appointment Group
Step 5: Select the day/time of your desired appointment
Step 6: Hit reserve
Write down your appointment or save it in your phone as a reminder.
What if I don’t have a major?
Below are several resources to help you begin the major exploration process
Learn How to Become Learn How to Become is an online career site to assist you in educational and career exploration. It will help you to think about what motivates you, your work-related values, interests, personality and skills to find possible educational and career paths. My Majors This assessment will recommend the top majors, colleges and careers based on your academic achievements, interests and personality. Time to take: 15 minutes Holland Code Career Test Discover the best jobs for you with this free test that identifies your strongest career interest among six occupational themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. You’ll discover your top interest area and what that means for you, along with a list of suggested careers based on your interests. Time to take: 20 minutes 16 Personalities Take this personality test to find out more about who you are and why you do the things you do. The more you know about yourself the easier it is to apply to future careers. Time to take: Less than 12 minutes
What can I do with a major in…?
Follow the link below to explore how you can connect a major to a career:
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