These resources are designed for current peer mentors or for staff, faculty or students who are running or developing mentoring programs.
Mentorship is a learning relationship between two or more people, and it typically follows four phases:
Preparing is the discovery stage of the mentoring relationship:
- Discover your own personal motivation and readiness to be a mentor.
- Get to know your mentee and build rapport.
- Create a context for the learning partnership you and your mentee will build together.
- Foundations of Peer Mentorship (PDF)
- Understanding the Mentorship Competency Framework (PDF)
- Characteristics of Peer Mentors (PDF)
- Mentoring Skills Inventory (PDF)
- Thinking About Your Personal Journey (PDF)
- Initial Conversations with Mentees (PDF)
Negotiating is the business stage of the mentoring relationship:
- Support your mentee by helping them create learning goals.
- Create a learning agreement with your mentee, to cover shared responsibilities and ground rules.
- Establish boundaries with your mentee.
- Setting Goals with Your Mentees (PDF)
- Developing a Mentoring Partnership Agreement (PDF)
- Template Mentoring Agreement (PDF)
Enabling is the work stage of the mentoring relationship – this is where mentors will have the most contact with their mentees:
- Support your mentee’s learning and challenge their assumptions through one-on-one mentoring or mentor-led group work.
- Provide useful feedback to them to help them achieve their desired learning goals.
- Learning About Active Listening (PDF)
- Four Types of Listening (PDF)
- Having 1-on-1 Conversations with Mentees (PDF)
- Emotional Intelligence Intuition (PDF)
- Open Ended Questions Exercise (PDF)
- Facilitating Growth Exercise (PDF)
- Facilitating Reflection with Mentees (PDF)
- Group Facilitation (EFFECT formula) (PDF)
- Strategies for Engaging with Mentees (PDF)
- Re-engaging with Mentees (PDF)
- Working with Students in Distress (PDF)
Coming to closure
Coming to closure is the reflection stage of the mentoring relationship:
- Assess the value of your mentoring partnership.
- Identify areas of growth and learning.
- Celebrate learning outcomes achieved.
- Thinking About Closure with Mentees (PDF)
- Coming to Closure Exercise (PDF)
- Self Reflection Exercise (PDF)
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