If you are interested in reading more about the positive effects of peer mentoring groups, here are links to published research:

 

  • Institution-wide Peer Mentoring: Benefits for Mentors by Susan Beltman and Marcel Schaeben
    • “This paper reports the findings of data gathered over three years about a university-wide peer mentoring program. Benefits identified by 858 mentors were coded inductively and four major categories emerged: altruistic, cognitive, social and personal growth.”
  • Peer Mentoring Program and Academic Atmosphere by Kusmartini and Simanjuntak
    • Researchers at Sriwijaya State Polytechnic found that, it can be concluded that there was a significant correlation between peer mentoring program as perceived by the students and writing achievement of the students; there was a significant correlation between academic atmosphere as perceived by the students and writing achievement of the students; and the correlation of peer-mentoring program as perceived by the students added to academic atmosphere as perceived by the students towards writing achievement of the students was significant”
  • Students as Teachers: The Benefits of Peer Tutoring by Colin Beasley
    • “Peer tutoring (or peer mentoring, proctoring, and supplemental instruction) is a cost-effective means of providing academic support to students through the use of a valuable teaching and learning resource, namely other students. It involves training and resourcing successful, more experienced students to tutor novice students in a collaborative learning experience in which both parties richly benefit. Benefits include improved understanding and performance in the subject area involved, improved confidence and study skills, as well as on-going friendships. These benefits accrue to both parties. Peer tutors regularly report what we as teachers already know: that the best way to really develop one’s understanding of an area is to teach it to some-one else.”