In our mentor sessions we talked a lot about teamwork… Here is a software – CATME – that helps students to ‘function effectively in teams’ and ‘support facultys as they manage their students team experiences’. That’s what the firm says about their product: CATME SMARTER Teamwork is a system of secure, web-based tools that enable instructors to […]

Encouraging others

Yesterday, I came across this blog post – and it reminded me on how much we all rely on positive feedback – and encouragement by others. See: So… Why not leave some positive notes for your mentees – or encourage them to write something positive for each other? It only takes a stack of post-it […]

Using digital media in the mentoring process

As part of their peer mentoring programme, mentors have engaged with digital media and online learning tools – together with their mentees and also on their own. Here is an example by one mentor who has produced fictive online profiles of students. Anna: MO: Jessie: Rashid: Sebastian: Jasmine: Emily: A nice way of reflecting on […]

Supporting mentees – Constructive feedback

Supporting mentees does also mean providing constructive feedback. Last week, mentors attended mentees’ presentations where mentees presented their findings on formal and informal learning spaces across the University. Below some visual impressions of those presentations. Effective feedback is (London 2014): Clear Specific Frequent Immediate Relevant Dynamic It is constructive when is offers concrete information that can be […]

Best practice – Keeping in touch

When mentoring, it is important to develop a relationship with mentees – and also to exchange information. One way of doing this is over email. One group of mentors has managed to this particularly well. They send emails to their mentees on a regular basis – both to prepare them for the mentoring session as […]