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First meeting with mentor

User: Jenches2018 - 23 February 2018 20:55

First time poster,

Just wondering if anyone could tell me what to expect from my first meeting with my mentor. I have started a research masters in arts part time at my old university. I am also a mum to a 18 month old and if anyone has any advice or tips in general that would be great as I have been out of education for over 6 years now. My thesis is also non-empirical so I dont have to do surveys or experiments for my work.

User: stevesmiths - 19 March 2018 08:38

Meeting your mentor for the first time can be a intimidating prospect,most of the people feel worried at the thought of meeting someone they don’t know.
Here are the tips to help you approach the first meeting with your mentor – and make it a success.

1.For your first meeting, it’s a good idea to find out more about your mentor before you meet.
Read their profile,check out their social media activity on Linked In, Twitter, Facebook etc
2.First, make sure you confirm your meeting. which includes the date, time and a location that you are comfortable with. Read the emails from your mentor to ensure that they have understood clearly and test your own understanding too.
3.Unspecified assumptions or expectations can easily ruin a relationship. To avoid this, you and your mentor should both discuss your expectations of each other. For example, discuss what areas you will work on.
4.Take the time to share examples and to say "thank you" on occasion, and you'll often find that the mentor will give more without your having to ask.
5.Regular, ongoing contact is one of the most important building blocks for successful mentoring

User: yuugen0 - 20 March 2018 10:24

As Steve posted in his reply, make sure you read through their social profiles.

But most important, is to value your mentor's time as if they were your own. If your mentorship program is like most Universities, most mentors either are working professionals or have really tight academic schedules. Hence, if they have taken time out for you, make sure you're there on time and are adequately prepared with the questions you'd like to have answered. It's really easy to go off on a tangent and talk about multiple issues. Hence coming prepared with questions and a general roadmap of what you'd like to do/achieve will definitely help you get off the perfect start.

After the end of every session, make sure you summarize and clarify your objectives until the next session. Be sure to send your mentor a thank you email and summarize the points discussed in the email, so that your mentor has a reference before you meet them the next time.

Apart from that, make sure you learn from regular contact with your mentor. I'm sure you'll have a great experience.

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