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Mentors/Mentees Navigating the Mentor Relationship
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Students’ Common Complaints  The mentor never gives timely answers to my calls  The mentor makes me feel like I’m bothering him/her  The mentor is too busy. The meeting is rushed  The mentor talks over my head
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Students’ Common Complaints  The advice is vague. I don’t know what to do afterwards.  The mentor insists on too many rewrites.  The mentor changes his/her mind and gives conflicting advice.  The mentor doesn’t return drafts quickly.  The mentor doesn’t give help when I need it.
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Students’ Common Complaints  The mentor focuses too much on the details and misses the big picture.  The mentor wants me to work on what they are interested in.
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Mentor Common Complaints  The student calls without organizing his/her thoughts.  The student calls with unimportant matters.  The student thinks he/she is the only student I have.  The student doesn’t have basic skills for research.
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Mentor Common Complaints  The student can’t write well.  The student expects me to do the research project for him/her.  The student freaks out over revisions.  The student underestimates how long things take and misses deadlines.
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Mentor Common Complaints  The student expects me to rescue him/her from problems.  The student presents sloppy work.  The student refuses to take the initiative.
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Your Role with the Mentor  Maintain contact.  Communicate your needs. – – Topical Advice Supportive Advice
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Role with Mentor  Be – – – – a charmer Read non-verbals Acknowledge feelings by matching gestures Set a positive environment Remain friendly and cheerful  Show initiative and accept criticism  Be organized and use mentor’s time effectively
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Role with Mentor  Exhibit personal integrity  Exhibit professionalism, maturity, and a strong work ethic  Be responsive to advice  Be honest about progress  Develop the ability to work independently
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Traits of the Ideal Mentor  Has reasonable expectations  Reads and comments on material in a timely manner  Remains consistent  Sees mentor role as important
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Ideal Mentor  Interested in you as a person and scholar  Meets regularly  Provides guidance on becoming a professional in your field
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Being an Ideal Mentee  Observe – – – common courtesies Don’t appear without an appointment—unless your mentor encourages this. Call or e-mail and leave a message about when you need an appointment. Let the mentor get back to you with convenient times.
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Ideal Mentee  Keep every appointment.  If you must cancel, call as soon as possible and apologize.  Come to the meeting on time. Be prompt.  Pace the conversation to cover all of your points.  If you hear impatience in your mentor’s voice, cut the meeting short and reschedule.
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Ideal Mentee  If the mentor extends the meeting with questions or chit chat, patiently go along.  Listen—Don’t interrupt.  Take notes.  Come prepared. What exactly do you need? Bring your materials.
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