Mentorship and the Role of a Mentor Term Paper by Kien

Mentorship and the Role of a Mentor
A discussion on the role of a mentor in the establishment of learning opportunities for a student.
# 153606 | 2,245 words | 20 sources | APA | 2013 | KE
Published on Jul 12, 2013 in Education (General)

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This paper explores the role of a mentor and discusses how a mentor offers the student guidance and coaching, encouragement and motivation, and identifies learning resources and inputs required to make the learning process effective. Additionally, the paper relates that the mentor champions for the student and offers him challenges to encourage the development of sound decision-making techniques. The paper points out, however, that mentoring is not a one way process, and it requires collaboration and a rapport between the mentor and the student.

Roles of the Mentor

From the Paper:

"In guiding the learning process of a student, the roles of a mentor tend to be dynamic depending on the learning needs as well as the capabilities and the level of the mentee. Nevertheless, the primary of any mentorship program revolve around offering of support and guidance to the student variously known as the mentee on the basis of their unique needs for development. It is therefore important for the mentor to assess each student objectively to adequately determine their developmental needs. This will constitute a sound platform for an effective learning process since the jointly established needs will be clear. Additionally, the mentor will be in a position to formulate appropriate strategies that will be geared towards motivating and encouraging of the mentee to learn (ASLHA, 2011).
"Effective monitoring is however dependent on the personal traits of the mentor. In this case, it is desirable for the mentor to possess good interpersonal skills for effective communication. The mentor should also be a professional role models and an individual who have the learners' best interest at heart. Additionally, the mentor should have excellent diplomatic skills important in proper correction of mistakes made by the mentee and through timely provision of feedback to the learner. For the mentoring process to be wholesome, the mentor should be anon competitive individual who does not perceive the learners as a threat to them (University of Wisconsin, 2002)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ASLHA. (2011). Roles of the Mentee and Mentor. Retrieved April 19, 2011, from
  • ASME International. (2011). Your Role as Mentor. Retrieved April 19, 2011, from
  • Bolton, C. (2005). The Role of Mentors in Our Personal and Professional Lives. College Student Affairs Journal , 24 (2), 180.
  • Bulman, C. (2004). Reflective practice in nursing. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Clutterbuck, D. (2004). Everyone needs a mentor: fostering talent in your organisation. London: CIPD Publishing.

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