Mentoring Tips We Could All Use

April 21, 2014

The Young Women's Leadership Academy mentor program, The Polish, offers the following suggestions for dealing with young proteges. Although the tips are intended for mentors, they're pertinent to anyone advising a young person.


  • Your mentee's name is important to her. Learn to say it and spell it correctly.

  • Take the time to learn your mentee's birthday, hobbies, interests and what is important to her.

  • Ask your mentee questions about her school and family life.

  • Don't forget to talk about yourself, your profession, hobbies and what is important to you.

  • Language is important. Be positive.

  • Be sensitive and patient.

  • Challenge your student to sharpen her critical thinking skills through reading, writing and conversation.

  • Praise honestly and specifically.Accentuate the positive.

  • Discuss current events, health, sports, editorials, etc.

  • Discuss future plans for yourself and your mentee.

  • On report card days, review and discuss grades. Be positive and reinforce improvement and talk about problem areas.

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