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Mentor support for students with disabilities

KTH offers mentor support to students with certain disabilities. The support means that you can get help to structure and plan your studies.

What does a mentor do?

Mentor support means that you can receive support in planning and structuring your studies and your study situation. The mentor and the student meet regularly and create tools together so that you can ultimately complete your studies on your own. You can get mentor support after applying for compensatory support and having it recommended after you meet with Funka at KTH.

How to apply for compensatory support

The mentor can support you in sorting and prioritizing among course assignments, clarifying the schedule, setting part-time goals and following up on your time schedule. The support is compensatory and is offered to students who have a disability in, concentration, working memory or planning ability. Common reasons for a student receiving mentor support is ADHD, high-functioning autism or long term mental health issues.

The mentor has experience of university studies and in coaching and supporting others. Please note that the mentor does not have any knowledge on the subjects you might be studying, since the mentor support is not intended as a study buddy. The mentor offers support only regarding your planning and study techniques.

Extent of this support

The mentor support is offered for a maximum of 6 months, up to 2 hours a week. In addition to the meeting itself, these 2 hours include any preparation or follow-up work for the mentor. Meetings can take place on campus or remotely, for example via Zoom. The support can also include keeping in touch through email or phone.

The support is a collaboration between mentor and student

Mentor support is always a collaboration between mentor and student and the mentor support is based on the student's initiative. Together you agree on what to focus on, when to meet and how often. The student is responsible for regularly setting aside time for mentor meetings and keeping in touch with his mentor by, for example, answering the mentor's emails and telephone calls. The student also needs to think about and express what he or she needs help with, for example which areas connected to the studies they need support in.