“ A process whereby an experienced, highly regarded, empathetic person (the Mentor), guides another (usually younger) individual (the Mentee) in the development and re-examination of their own ideas, learning, and personal and professional development. The Mentor, who often (but not necessarily) works in the same organization or field as the Mentee, achieves this by listening or talking in confidence to the Mentee(Frei, 2010)
Goals Of Mentoring Students
Short term goal
- To enhance student relationship with teacher and institute and making them feel a part of SRM family.
- To get familiar with life at College, academically and culturally, so that they can better achieve their full academic potential.
- To adopt active learning and experiential learning strategies .
- To improve discipline, regularity and punctuality of students through counseling sessions and minimize students drop out rate.
- To identify and understand the status of slow learners and encourage learning
- To help troubled students cope with academic, extra-academic and personal problems.
- Providing platform for grievances
- Inculcate leadership qualities in faculty of the institute
Long term goal
- To improve learning outcome of students and get better ranking in NEXT( National Exit Entrance Examination) to pursue post-graduation
- Mentoring students related career opportunities in India and aboard
Role Of Mentor
- Role model
- Confidante; Supporter
- Critique, Guide and Collaborator
- Moral and emotional support
- Advisor; career counselor, be a sounding board for discussing career plans, other professional and personal issues; problem solver, stimulate reflection
- Sincerity of intent: genuinely interested, motivated and committed
- Sharing of own experience for benefit of the Mentee
- Approachable, available and a patient listener.
- Setting goals: short term goals for learning and long-term goals for career purposes
- Transferring knowledge in skills relating to communication, critical thinking, responsibility, flexibility, and teamwork, that cannot be learned from books
- Pointing out strengths and areas for development
- Answering any questions, even those pertaining to personal matters
- Supporting the student even after studies are completed
Role of Mentee
- Initiative to approach and subsequently for setting up meetings.
- Honesty & openness
- Proactive role in shaping the relationship
- Feedback and appreciation of Mentoring effort
- Mentee should be enthusiastic, curious, and ambitious when discussing Mentee interests with Mentor.
- Mentee should try to attend all meetings and arrive on time. If there is a delay or cannot attend, let the Mentor know in advance.
- Mentee should rrespect Mentor’s time and space. Ssetting up meetings may be hard to do, especially in hectic class schedule, and Mentors are busy too.Try to be flexible about meeting time.
- Discuss with Mentor preferred means of contact him or her: e-mail, phone or personally.
- Mentee should inform their progress in-between meetings by e-mail / phone.
- The information Mentor tells Mentee is to be privileged and not to be shared outside the Mentor-Mentee group.
- Mentee should be patient as it takes time and effort to build a relationship. Be receptive to suggestions and feedback.