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The transition from high school to college or university poses huge academic and social adjustment difficulties to students. This is due to much bigger and more complex environments. The academic demands on students at university are far greater than the challenges they face in high school (Simpson, 2004:11).

The growing diversity of higher-education participants presents continuing challenges in the transition of first-year university students (Peat et al., 2000; Whittaker, 2008 in Fox, 2010:1)

It is the policy of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) to enable its students to form and maintain one-on-one or group mentoring relationships for academic or personal support with a primary focus on well-being and academic success.

“Mentorship” means a process between individuals of different levels of experience and expertise, which incorporates interpersonal or psychological development, educational and career development and socialisation functions into the relations.

“Mentor” means any student who has been trained to give guidance and direction to a mentee to facilitate that mentee’s academic, personal and/or future career development;

Student Mentors are trained and skilled in academic topics, social-emotional and specific types of mentoring like a career, disability- and peer buddy mentor.

To be a Mentor, you can apply at your academic department or residence.


SDS Arts Unit

SDS Arcadia Unit

SDS Soshanguve South Unit

SDS Soshanguve North Unit

Building 12 – G04
Tel: 012 382 6062

Building 1 – G08 E
Tel: 012 382 6432

Building 5 – 215
Tel: 012 382 9662

Building 14 – G01
Tel: 012 382 9863

SDS Ga-Rankuwa Unit

SDS Polokwane Unit

SDS eMalahleni Unit

SDS Mbombela Unit

Office G04
Tel: 012 382 0701

Building 1 – G09
Tel: 015 287 0722

Building 7 – G78
Tel: 013 653 3109

Office 7
Tel: 013 745 3570

SDS Pretoria Unit

Social Support, Career/ Personal Counselling and Life Skills
Building 6-361/6-352
Tel: 012 382 5010/4826

Academic skills (Mentorship, writing- and study skills)
Building 6-329
Tel: 012 382 5273/5716

Assessment Centre
Building 6-352
Tel: 012 382 4394

Students with disability
Building 4 – G48
Tel: 012 382 4130/5072