My role as an OBU project mentor
Before each meeting, you will send me an agenda with questions and issues that you wish to cover during the meeting. You should focus on the key issues and identify the desired outcomes from the meeting. Take notes from each meeting as those will become very helpful when preparing your Skills and Learning Statement.
I recommend reading through the Mentor & Mentee Roles section of the Information Pack, as this will help you understand what you can expect from each meeting and also suggests what questions you and I will talk about during the project.
I would also like to highlight the set of questions listed at the bottom of the document that you should not expect me to provide answers to.
So what else can you expect from me as your mentor? Here are a few of the principles I stand by:
- I’m approachable and have a genuine interest in helping you succeed. I want you to feel as good as I did when I found out I passed!
- I listen and actively ask questions that will help you in your thinking.
- I respect confidentiality.
- You can use me as a sounding board to explore ideas and issues arising from research.
- I will provide you with positive and constructive feedback.
- I will challenge and discuss things with you.
- I’m here to offer support and encouragement.
- I’ll help you meet your objectives.
- I’ll help make sure you ask the right questions, to think systematically, to learn to apply appropriate evaluation techniques and to analyse and interpret the findings.
- I will remain neutral and non-judgmental.