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 of an effective mentor?
- What does a mentor do?
- How to execute a plan to be a good mentor this year?
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.
- Resourceful, knowledgeable
- Trustworthy, reliable
- Thoughtful, understanding
- Approachable, accessible
- Leads by example, serves as role model
- Listens actively and attentively
- Shares experiences openly
- Answers questions & refers to resources
- Possesses and shares knowledge of MIT
- Instills confidence and believes in advisees
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:
- Establish meaningful relationships with each advisee
- Memorize their names and Facebook friend them
- Help acclimate to MIT by taking them around campus
- Give encouragement face to face or by email
- Email after their tests and major stepping stones
- Help them progress toward individual goals
- Get together for activities during semester
- Send them care packages
- Provide information and resources on academic majors
- Sending a monthly "topic" email (i.e. nutrition, UROPs)
- Make sure they are connected to campus resources
- Remind them about important dates and deadlines