Your Torrey mentor, to whom you are assigned, is a fixture of all four years of your Torrey experience. (Torrey faculty members are “mentors” to mentees and “tutors” for session.) Your mentor supports and directs your development as a student, by providing you with feedback about your work reading, talking, and writing that is particular to your own strengths and needs. Your mentor will join your journey through the curriculum, sometimes leading with her or his own questions and understanding and sometimes following your inquiries and insights.
Your mentor also supervises and evaluates your Torrey work. So, throughout the semester, you will receive constructive feedback about discrete assignments like Pre-class Notes, in-class participation, and papers. Mid-semester, at Mid Rags, your mentor offers provisional evaluation to guide you for the remainder of the semester. At Don Rags, your mentor (and his or her faculty partner) offers final evaluation of your semester’s work and assigns your semester grade.
Since you yourself are far more than a conglomeration of reading, talking, and writing assignments, you can expect your mentor to attend to your long-term intellectual, spiritual, and personal formation. Over time, your Torrey mentor can help you discover connections between your intellectual habits, the curriculum, and the rest of life. Your opportunities for deep formation increase as you experience richer and richer conversation with the books around which this learning community gathers.
The department privileges the goods that come from long-term mentoring. Accordingly, student-initiated mentor switches are rarely approved, and the department prioritizes long-term mentor assignments.
Office hours are the primary setting for individualized instruction and enrichment. You are required to attend a minimum of two mentor meetings per semester. (Freshmen, please note that you are required to attend a minimum of four meetings during your first semester.) Mid Rags and Don Rags are required in addition to these minimums. More meetings may be recommended or required by your mentor.
Freshmen, you must attend 4 mentor meetings in your first semester. All other students, you must attend at least 2 mentor meetings per semester. Failure to satisfy expectations for mentor meetings will result in grade penalty.
OFFICE HOUR REQUIREMENTS
Freshmen, you must attend 4 mentor meetings in your first semester.
All other students, you must attend at least 2 mentor meetings per semester.