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
- 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.