Tips on Being Mentored

Being Mentored in Scholarship and Creative Activity

  • Identify a director of the thesis or dissertation who is known to be an effective mentor and compatible with your goals
  • Establish whether the mentor has the time, the funding, and the enthusiasm to support your scholarship and creative activity
  • Establish a mutually agreeable timeline to carry your research to completion
  • Seek direction through regular communication with your advisor
  • Respect the multiple roles and time constraints of your mentor by using meetings effectively
  • Maintain communication with your committee through periods of discouragement or lack of progress

Being Mentored in Career Development

  • Seek out a team of outstanding mentors in your areas of teaching, research, and service
  • Network with mentor(s) and professional colleagues at professional meetings
  • Keep your mentor apprised of your achievements
  • Meet with your mentor to address issues in your professional development
  • Seek opportunities to assist the mentor in grant writing and in scholarly and creative activities

Being Mentored in Intellectual Development

  • Collaborate with your mentor to establish ground rules for effective communication
  • Establish regular meeting times and keep to them
  • Be receptive to tips about effective communication in the professional setting of your discipline
  • Seek out and appreciate difference
  • Initiate face-to-face communication where electronic communication may be ineffective or misunderstood

Above information on mentoring from Arizona State University

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