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College of Human Ecology

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Human Ecology

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Mentor Connection

Archive: March 2015

Being a mentor is not necessarily a natural skill for many individuals. This month, I would like to provide some tips on how to be an effective mentor. Many of you may already do some of these things, but hopefully you will learn something new that you can incorporate in your meetings with your mentee.

  • Take some general notes from your meeting with your mentee; review these notes prior to the next meeting to have a starting point.
  • Goal setting should occur at the beginning of the relationship. Review your mentee's goals and help them assess progress in accomplishing them.
  • Work with your mentee to create an agenda for each meeting. This helps stay on track and leads to meaningful conversations.
  • Ask questions. Be honest and provide feedback to your mentee. Listen and encourage.
  • Help your mentee to drive the relationship. Encourage them to lead the discussions.
  • Email your mentee between meetings. Sending them an article or a brief note helps to keep you both connected.

As always, thank you for devoting your time to a K-State student. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Pamela Erickson, Director

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