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Definition of Mentor: Tips to become a good mentor?

Updated on July 24, 2012

Mentoring resources is not an easy task. It takes time and patience to mentor someone. The basic requirement for mentoring people is that you (being a mentor) should know all the tricks of the trade you are in. Mentoring is the continuous inculcation of the knowledge in your pupils till they can handle things on their own. Before such inculcation you must know who you are mentoring because this is a very important factor. If a chosen pupil is hard working and dedicated, such a pupil can add a feather to the mentor’s cap whereas an arrogant and idler pupil can make all your effort in vain. Why I am emphasizing about the choice because it will help you know how much of effort you need to put in a pupil.

At times you get a fresher and at times a semi-experienced pupil, so you should know in how much time a fresher can become a semi-experienced and semi-experienced can become a reliable pupil. In the beginning of this hub I mentioned the two factors---time and patience---that I will discuss in length now. Being a novice everyone is bound to commit mistakes and errors or might be blunders, but being a mentor you should not lose your patience. You should create a log---in your mind not in hard or softcopy—of the errors done by your pupil in one assignment. Discuss his errors with him in a detailed manner. Observe how many errors have been rectified in the next assignment. This error rate will give you an idea in which direction your pupil is heading for. Has he improved a lot, bit, not improved, or deteriorated further? This brief idea about the pupil will tell you how much efforts are required for his mentoring and above all what’s his attitude towards learning. Before rating a pupil just keep in mind that a pupil can be a slow starter or a quick learner. Once you decide on which pupil to chose, then comes how to inculcate knowledge.

The best way of encouraging beginners is to have a healthy interaction with them. This can make a youngster aware that a mentor is always there to correct errors. When I say healthy interaction, I mean they are not afraid of your position, power, temperament or rude behaviour. Instead they should appreciate your frank opinion, an eager eye to catch mistakes, and friendly tone of pointing errors. Your friendliness can reduce you efforts by manifold. If pupils will be having an open forum to discuss, they can share more doubts rather than committing such errors time and again.

There are three best way to notice whether your pupil worth your mentoring. First and the foremost, just observe how many times a pupil is repeating a mistake. Be persistent in this observation and you might find that a pupil is not repeating any mistake. The next and most important step in the mentoring is to see how many times a pupil is catching a mistake by himself. Once your pupil start doing that, half the battle is won. The last step is to how your pupil rectifies those errors on his own. This is where you have to help (but not much) a pupil as this perfection can be attained by the continuous acquisition of knowledge.

I hope that this hub might help you. God bless you


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