As all transition, initiate college is challenging and demanding (Seco, Casimiro, Dias & Custódio, 2005).Studies demonstrated that these changes and demands can cause considerable distress, which have a significant impact in adjustment to college as well as in physical and psychological health (Aspinwall & Taylor, 1992 cit in Baker, 2003). This indicates the importance of intervening in this context. Considering this, the program “Peer Tutoring and Coaching” (Freire, 2009) was developed aiming to assist in freshmen integration and the promotion of several interpersonal and academic competences. The project considers that first year students can be assisted by older students since the latter have more knowledge about the college's functioning.
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