Tips for eMentors
- Be committed to your mentoring relationship.
- Respond promptly to communication like emails.
- Attend online synchronous meetings as arranged.
- Be respectful and non-judgmental.
- Be culturally aware which includes race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
Be an effective online communicator
- Take time to read communications such as emails
- Prepare for online meetings.
- Responding in an appropriate way that address issues brought up by your mentee.
- Take ‘netiquette’ into consideration.
- Check out with your mentee if she/he understands your questions and comments.
- Remember that online communication is different because you do not have clues from body language that would normally be picked up in a face-to-face conversation.
Supporting the mentoring relationship
- Asking questions in a way that supports constructive reflection.
- Do not be negative, criticize or say things that are demoralizing.
- Support your mentee in her/his refection and learning. You must not tell your mentee what to do, or do it for him/her.
- Your relationship should must be driven by the mentee’s needs, aims and goals.
- Accept that your mentee may have a different opinion or way of working from you.
- Being aware of ‘power’ element in your relationship.
- Work to ensure that you both are ‘empowered’ within the relationship.
A mentoring relationship is a partnership with you both having equal status. Accept that mentoring is not about ‘teaching’ but learning. You will learn alongside your mentee.
Is there anything else you would suggest to people who are thinking about being an eMentor?
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Rolfe-Flette, A. (2008). Many ways to mentor. Retrieved 10 March, 2009, from http://mentoring-works.com/many_ways_to_mentor.html
Triple Creek Associates. (2006). Mentoring guide for mentors. Retrieved 10 March, 2009, from http://www.3creek.com/resources/booklets/MentorGuide.pdf
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