MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For Associate Advisors
The First Year at MIT

Advising Fundamentals: What is Mentoring?

You cannot possibly possess every quality that a successful mentor should have, but you can set goals and expectations to that end. Having a list of the characteristics of an effective mentor can help you strive to reach your full potential. When considering some of these characteristics, consider how you measure up and think of specific ways that you might improve.

What are the characteristics and qualities of an effective mentor?

Consider which of the characteristics of a mentor listed above are ones that you possess. Compare the list of how to plan to be a good mentor with your own goals for the year.

What does a mentor do?

How will you execute your plan to be a good mentor this year?

By setting reasonable and specific goals, you are able to set the bar high and accomplish more during the academic year. This list can help you execute a realistic plan: