Mentoring is one of the most important training strategies that include the provision of guidance, counseling and assistance for students from specialized professionals with distinct experiences, to enable students to accomplish learning tasks that are difficult to carry out individually. Mentoring can be defined as a relationship of direct contact connecting students with an expert in a particular scientific field in order to develop their knowledge and improve their abilities and skills as well as helping them to invest their time and achieve their personal needs, which in return contributing to increase their scientific progresses and outcomes in the future. In the light of the above-mentioned relationship, the expert develops and streamlines model for the required learning task or skill, and enable students to deal with. When the student will be able to deal effectively with the required learning task or skill, then he or she can complete it independently, paralleled with some help from an expert when necessary.
As mentoring offers realistic problems and situations that allow students to learn and think as field experts and providing possible solutions to problems in a collaborative learning context, it has a relative importance in learning process. Inducing student to engage in learning situations, boosting their motivation, improving their sense of knowledge’s and capacities ownership, facilitating the transfer of knowledge, and the development of higher-order thinking skills are some aspects of this importance.
The mentoring track represents as one of the enrichment programs in distinguish students program (DSP). It enables outstanding students at King Saud University (KSU), who have not achieved enrollment terms in distinguish students program, to get an opportunity to benefit from DSP’s services, and therefore expanding the coverage of outstanding students at the university in DSP.
This track includes direct contact between the faculty member (expert) and students for at least one semester, in order to increase students’ knowledge, and develop and deepen their skills and abilities in one area or several areas as needed. These areas should not be presented to them in the curricula of their specialties.