What a good mentor does for the student:
Has conversations with the student. No matter their level of education.
- Encourages frequent conversation with students and invites them to meetings in the lab, department lounges, or hallways after office hours
- Communicates with students at least once every three months
- Invites students to coffee dates or other events outside of the office for casual conversations
- For students, demystifies graduate school. Helps them understand the entrepreneur mystique
- Aids students in understanding the policies and procedures of the Graduate School and program guidelines
- Adapts academic discourse so that students are aware of the appropriate questions to ask and the meaning of specific language
- Clarifies ambiguous or unwritten program requirements for coursework, tests, research, and teaching
- Aids a student in comprehending the specifics of creating a committee and how to approach a thesis or dissertation
- Also, in comprehending the standards used to evaluate the caliber of their work at various stages of graduate studies
- Warns students in advance of potential hazards, particularly those that could have an impact on their funding position
Mentor to Student Protocols
Having a mentor who understood that academic procedures and protocol, including anything from how to choose classes to how to put up a panel for a conference, are unfamiliar ground for many people has been incredibly useful to me, says a student.
The simplest inquiries have been answered by my mentor without making me feel stupid for asking them.
- Input that is helpful and encouraging
- Gives students constructive criticism of their work in a timely manner, keeping in mind that giving feedback late can make students feel insecure and impede their growth.
- Is as detailed while praising others and when criticizing them
- The mentees advance thanks to the mentor’s strict criteria
- Does not assume a lack of dedication on the part of a student if they fall behind in their work, but rather attempts to figure out what’s going on with them and offers assistance.
- Knows the advantages of early intervention and responds speedily to any queries concerning a student’s capacity to get a degree
Encouragement to Student
As difficult as it was, without receiving harsh, if fair, criticism delivered in a caring manner, I would not have produced the dissertation that I did. It took several versions before he believed I had started to build a compelling argument.
All of us graduate students need honest counsel delivered as gently as possible.
- Promotes the expression of ideas by students at all stages of development
- Encourages pupils to experiment with different methods and to develop their skills
- Teaches pupils that making errors helps them learn more
- Shares unsuccessful work experiences with the audience and the lessons that can be drawn from them.
- Knows that many students worry about getting into graduate school, and helps them realize that experienced professionals also worry about this kind of thing
- Teaches pupils how to divide large projects into smaller, more doable jobs
- Mentorship entails much more than a single discussion about your future ambitions for employment or a trip to a professor’s house.
- It is the mentor’s continual involvement in the professional development of a student as well as their ongoing support and encouragement of their academic achievements.
My professors supported me in publishing my work and attending conferences.
Without their support, I might not have had the initiative to complete these tasks.
- Encourages networks and numerous mentors
- Assists students in finding help from a variety of sources, and views faculty, graduate students, alumni, department staff, retired faculty, and faculty from other universities as resources.
- Acquaints students with the department’s academic staff and other graduate students, as well as at conferences
- Assists students in collaborating with local professionals who can offer career views on their work
- By arranging for student discussion groups or social gatherings, creates a community of scholars.
At a time when my study was struggling, and I urgently needed more assistance, my co-chair recommended me to a faculty member conducting relevant research at UNC.
Without this suggestion, I would not have been able to finish my dissertation.
By holding frequent meetings, informal get-togethers, working on projects together, and creating interest groups, my advisers actually created a team of graduate students. That camaraderie was crucial to my academic development and sense of belonging to a group.
Monitors the interests of the student
My mentor provided the right opportunities and challenges at each step of my study, allowing my tasks to grow along with me.
When she asked me to co-teach with her, I realized I was not just a regular student.
Instead of working together as teacher and student, we did so as colleagues.
- Demonstrates a desire for pupils to achieve
- Encourages students to present in meetings, conferences, and university forums to provide them the chance to show their skills
- Considers mentorship requirements for kids
- Student nominations for prominent fellowships, projects, teaching positions, and internships
- Encourages students to conduct research and teach outside of the department.
- A supporter of all graduate students
Respects the student as an individual
She showed respect for my thoughts, my independence, and my goals for graduate school when she interacted with her other students and me.
The finest thing my mentor ever did for me was to really sit down and listen to what I had to say, which may sound ridiculous.
- Minimizing interruptions and side-talk during student meetings
- Shares with students what they have learned from them
- Recognizes the prior knowledge, abilities, and experiences that students bring to graduate school.
- Interactions are more enjoyable when graduate students are permitted to believe that what they have to say is genuinely worthwhile.
Adds a sense of personalization
According to me, the difference between a good mentor and a great one is having someone to lean on when things go wrong.
A number of my teachers were always enthusiastic and happy to chat with me about my professional interests, aspirations, and problems like balancing work and home. Although it may not seem like much, this really does matter.
- Is personable and kind, especially when a student needs to talk about matters other than school-related difficulties
- Doesn’t make the assumption that students would encounter problems in the same way and encourages them to come up with original answers
- Keeps up with the Graduate School’s and other places’ mentoring and professional development resources.