This blog post was written in conjunction with Marisa Angelillo, InterCHANGE People Development Associate.
Your Mentees have started a new term, with many opportunities and challenges ahead. Motivation levels will vary – students boosted by good exam results will be keen to focus on their studies and welcome your support, whilst others may be struggling and feeling downhearted due to poor exam results, and will be in need of your help even more!
Here are some TOP TIPS to motivate and help focus your mentees on the term ahead:
- In pairs, take turns in asking each other the following questions:
- What did you do well last term?
- What three things do you want to achieve in the term ahead?
- What would you like to do better?
- Use the dream tree exercise to help students clarify their dreams and goals for the term ahead.
- Divide students into small groups and ask them to draw or describe their response to: What is happening when you are at your motivated and focussed best?
- Share the idea that our worth as human beings is a constant and not dependent on how well we do or what we achieve. Then ask students in small groups to explore this idea and share what they value about themselves and each other e.g. a good listener, always willing to help others etc.
Build a rapport with each individual student. Get to know their names, what their hobbies are, what their favourite subject is. Show them that you are interested in them as an individual.
Make sure you read the mentor packs provided by Mosaic. They are fabulous and bursting with really good ideas and techniques to support your work as a mentor.
Remember, a Mosaic mentor is a professional friend. Be there for them, turn up on time, be prepared for your session and don’t forget to establish your ground rules or group agreement.
The journey ahead is going to be fun, get ready for the ride!
Mosaic is working in partnership with Karen Tidsall and her team from InterCHANGE People Development to deliver mentor training. Find out more at www.interchangepd.com, @interchangepd or call 01629 259 668.