What is mentoring?

In mentoring for first-year students experienced student is assigned to you who guides you through your first semester. You meet with other new students every week and work on different topics.

We offers students in higher semesters general assistance, workshops, and much more. You can find more information on this website.

What exactly do we want to achieve with mentoring?

  1. The objective is to greatly reduce the percentage of students who drop out at the beginning of studies. The majority of students who drop out do so at the beginning of studies. Successful guidance at the beginning of studies – including instructions on how to correctly study, feel included in a personal context – reduces the risk of a student dropping out in a higher semester.
  2. The time until a student discontinues their studies will be shortened, if continuing is no longer possible.
  3. In cases where it is no longer advisable to continue, students receive help with finding another path. This ranges from changing the degree program to changing institutions – for example a university of applied sciences or professional school – to beginning dual studies or qualified vocational training.

Can I change mentoring groups?

We will consider assigning you to another group if you have have a valid reason and talk with us.

What do I learn in my mentoring group?

Mentoring covers various topics such as organization, RWTH and the environment, exam preparation, learning techniques, and much more. The program is improved and supplemented every year.

When can mentoring (not) help me?

Mentoring supports you with all problems you encounter througout your studies. We are directly responsible for personal problems. We can almost always point you in the right direction when it comes to other topics.

Why is mentoring in computer science so important?

Due to the high number of students who leave computer science the student representative council chose to make mentoring a mandatory program. Students can receive better advising and respond to problems better. Over the course of the program our experience has show that mentoring has contributing to reducing the number of students dropping out or reducing the time until a student left, should they no longer be able to continue.

I missed the orientation week. What now?

Send an email to as soon as possible. You will be assigned to a group as quickly as possible.

Do I have to participate in mentoring?

  • Mandatory in the 1st and 2nd semesters

Active participation in mentoring is required for students in the first and second semesters. They receive 1CP or credit point for their participation. 

  • Individually tailored in the 2nd semester

Mentoring during the second semester is individually tailored to the students and includes regular workshops and group meetings. Students are individually notified at the beginning of their second semester.

In many cases failing an exam is the result of inappropriate planning or implementation of the semester and study plan. This is why students in the second semester of mentoring are offered thematic workshops on self-organized study and learning techniques for math and programming. During supervised meetings with the mentors students can freshen up on their skills and directly ask the mentor questions. The workshops are scheduled to begin April 2016 and take place every two weeks throughout the semester. The offer is only for second-semester students.

Do I have to participate in mentoring if I was previously in another course of study?

If you gained 30 or more credit points in your previous course of study, you can be excused from participating. Please file an application for the Recognition of prior academic performance with the examination board. Further information on this application can be found here: Organizational Information

Where and from whom can I seek advising if I need help?

Please make an advising appointment here. You will be advised by Marion Brandt-Röhrig.