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You've Got a Friend in Me: Supporting New Tutors with the Mentoring System

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Elise Mai

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You've Got a Friend in Me
Supporting New Tutors with the Mentoring System
Your Job
In Kram’s mentor role theory, “the functions of a mentor are grouped into two categories:
career and psychosocial support."
Career Support
Psychosocial Support
Familiarizing mentees with the writing center environment
Before We Begin...
In the
Academy of Management Journal
, mentors give their mentees various forms of psychosocial support, including “encouragement, advice and feedback, as well as an enhanced sense of competence, effectiveness, and clarity of identity.”
Got Advice?
Guiding mentees through the tutoring process
Cultivating mentees’ writing skills
Exposing mentees to outreach projects
Ensuring that mentees carry out their duties as writers, tutors, and leaders
Emily diligently communicated with her mentees by sending her mentees updates/reminders via email.
Daniel introduced Chance to a leadership position and taught him how to do the Monthly Stats.
Susana teamed up with her mentees to present at NCPTW and worked on an outreach project to Bush Hill Elementary with her.
Mentoring Models
"Be patient and don't shirk your duty. [Your mentees are] probably just as, if not more, stressed out than you and appreciate every morsel of advice you give them. If you don't help, you're not only hurting them as tutors [and writers], but you're weakening the writing center as a whole."
- Daniel Herrera
"I would say stay involved and actually build a connection with the mentees.... That connection [will last] beyond the writing center; I’m in contact with the [third-year] tutors now.... The other day, they were emailing me about [assignments] and stuff."
- Andre Sanabia
Monty works with his mentees outside of class; he dedicated time after school to helping his mentees with their assignments.
Phoenix is very approachable and friendly, which are great personality traits for a mentor. According to one of his mentees, he's "super cool and really chill."
3rd Years
2nd Years
1st Years
Should mentoring groups be formed based on commonalities? How might doing so improve or hinder your mentoring system?
Are You Ready Now?
To all future mentors, you will be great!
The University of Cambridge defines mentoring as "a system of semi-structured guidance whereby one person shares their knowledge, skills, and experience to assist others to progress in their own lives and careers."
Mentoring Defined
According to the
Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
, mentoring is “an important human resource management strategy, a career tool, and a workplace learning activity.”
Hence, we took the concept of mentoring in the business world and applied it to the Edison Writing Center.
What do you think writing center mentors do?
Conducting Observations
Mentors work with mentees to:
annotate and critique various texts
identify and compile lists of literary techniques used in the writing.
Reviewing Text
Helping With The First Tutoring Session
Introducing New Opportunities
Commenting in Google Drive
Presenting at writing center conferences
Taking on leadership roles
Becoming a Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Liaison
Shared interests "provide a common link in the mentor-mentee partnership and thus strengthens the pair’s relationship."

When the mentees have the same personality type as the mentor, they "often feel comfortable enough to discuss their concerns."

Matching Mentors with Mentees
Mentoring and Leadership
What is leadership?
"There is a student in IB Economics, and I wouldn't know about this except he's a student in the class, but he was able to identify a need in the school and then provide support for the writing that was necessary for that project."
- Amber Jensen, EWC Director
"As a director, it makes me feel really good to know that the writing center is really student driven and its run by the peers that it serves."
- Amber Jensen, EWC Director
Beauty and the Beast: The Good and the Bad
Parmvir, a third-year tutor and mentor, took initiative and built a connection with the Economics department. Now, he is training his mentee to continue his work after he graduates.
Mentor + Leader Combo in the School
Mentor + Leader Combo in the Center
Mentors are responsible for starting new projects and getting their mentees involved.
Applying Leadership to Mentoring
How might a mentoring system be beneficial to your writing center? Can you identify problems that may arise in the mentoring system?
Let's play pretend.
Get into groups of 5.
1 person = "tutor"
1 person = "bad tutee"
3 people = "audience/mentees"
Mentors are not as involved with their mentees because they are apathetic or too busy.
Mentees feel hesitant about asking their mentors for help (unsure about how to approach mentor).
Mentees feel confident about their own abilities and believe that they do not need their mentor.
Both mentees and mentors begin to drift apart as the year goes on (do not continue to manage the mentoring relationship).
Mentors falsely assume that their mentee does not need help, so they never initiate contact.
Get to know one another.
Opening Group Activity
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