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Helpful tips for mentors


The Role of the Mentor:

    • Act as a role model for your students in their scholarly pursuit
    • Be open and adaptable to discuss alternative projects that may be more feasible
    • Outline possible projects with students who have an area of interest, but no specific project idea
    • Be available to your student and provide appropriate supervision for the project with the aim of having your student complete a significant body of scholarly work
    • Involve your student in opportunities that relate to the student’s area of interest
    • Provide a summative evaluation of your student’s performance at the end of Phase II and completion of the capstone presentation
    • Don't let students procrastinate or avoid decisions
    • Don't let students rely on you as the mentor to do all the work and planning
    • Identify, document and communicate lack of satisfactory progress
    • Provide feedback to the Director and Associate Directors on your experience as a mentor
    • If you have not had experience as a mentor, contact the MSA Associate Director in your thematic area for assistance
    • Participate in workshops and seminars regarding mentoring and MSA projects
    • Understand student timelines and negotiate schedule
    • Make sure the project is feasible

 

Set Limits:

    • Don't only promote your own agenda.
    • Give credit to students.
    • Students may have other problems that they bring to the discussion including academic issues, medical or psychiatric issues, family and social issues that are not your responsibility or expertise.
    • You don't have to know all the answers. If you have questions, please contact an Associate Director.
    • Learn from any mistakes.