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Writing and Academic Mentor for FYS

The Writing and Academic Mentor for First-Year Seminars (FYSM) serves as a mentor and writing tutor for first-year students, assisting them with writing and oral presentation skills, time and project management. The Mentor can work with students individually or in groups, either during class time or outside of class, for up to 60 hours over the course of the semester.  The Mentors will be trained, supervised, and paid by CTLR. To learn more about the program contact:

First-Year Seminar Program


Learning Goals

In 2014, four broad, interconnected learning goals were suggested by an ad hoc committee on the First Year Seminar program:* 

1. To learn what is expected intellectually and ethically for college-level work in the liberal arts;

2. to develop skills, both written and oral, in observation, analysis, research, argumentation, and the use of scholarly sources;


The First Year Seminar is Middlebury's gateway to education in the liberal arts, using intensive engagement between professors and students to facilitate the transition from high school to college.  In these courses, students participate actively in their own learning and begin to acquire the writing and speaking skills necessary for independent, intellectual achievement throughout college and beyond.