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Mentoring Sessions


Mentoring programme

The Leiden Study System with Binding Study Advice ensures that first year students are provided with good study guidance. This guidance is given by the staff of your programme: the study advisers and Academic Skills workgroup instructors.
In return you are expected to meet certain academic requirements: the so-called Binding Study Advice (BSA) requirement. As full-time student you are expected to complete a minimum of 45 study credits (EC) out of the 60 study credits by the end of your first study year.
During the first and second semester of your first year you will have weekly workgroups. In these workgroups you will practice academic skills that are essential to social scientific study and research. These skills will form the foundation of your study throughout the bachelor in Political Science - International Relations and Organisations (IRO).
Your workgroup instructor will help you to acquire important academic skills: Academic Writing, Text interpretation, Argumentation, Critical Analysis, Presentation. The study advisers are there to help you with other study related questions (study planning, study delay, study challenges, rules & regulations or personal circumstances). Your study adviser will keep track of your study results during the first academic year because of the Binding Study Advice.

During four mentoring sessions, the study advisers discuss specific study and planning skills. In the second semester, attention will also be given to extra challenges for talented students or extra help if you encounter study problems. By participating in these sessions, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own wishes and capabilities.

  • Thur 19 September 2019, 15:00-17:00 # 2.02

  • Mon 18 November 2019, 17:00-19:00 # 2.01

  • Mon 24 February 2020, 13:00-15:00 # 2.01

  • Mon 20 April 2020, 13:00 – 15:00 # 2.01

IRO Study advisers:

Drs. A.D. (Ariane) Berends – students with surnames A – F
Drs. I. (Ignacia) Levy – students with surnames G - O
Drs. E.J.M (Ester) Blom – students with surnames P - Z