Writing Mentor

Writing Mentors work with individual students who have requested the opportunity to receive ongoing support over the course of a semester.  Mentors meet with their “mentees” one-on-one, every week for 45 minutes to an hour, focusing on course papers, writing strategies, and general writing support. Mentors are *not* expected to read mentee’s writing before meetings. (If the mentor and mentee agree, they may in some circumstances alter their schedule so that the mentor can review the mentee’s work outside of scheduled meetings.)

Mentors are responsible for scheduling weekly meetings with their mentees--a task which requires foresight, firm boundaries, and a clear grasp of one’s own scheduling needs. Mentors are expected to meet with their mentees every week, whether or not the mentee has an upcoming assignment to work on. When mentees do not have an assignment due, mentors will be expected to develop a plan of action for the meeting. Mentors are encouraged to contact Lauren Silber, the Assistant Director of Academic Writing, and Isabel Steckel, the Ford Fellow, for ideas about exercises to work on with mentees. They may also consult resources on the Writing Workshop Team Google Drive.

Mentors are also responsible for finding an appropriate location for their meetings with mentees. We suggest public locations with quiet spaces like Olin, Exley, Science Library, Usdan, Pi Cafe, and even the nook in the Shapiro Center for Writing.

Mentors are expected to keep records of their meetings, including information about the mentees’ concerns, approaches they have taken with their mentees, and progress their mentees have made. These reports will be submitted to the Ford Fellow Isabel Steckel 3-4 times over the course of the semester. They will be valuable to Writing Workshop staff in monitoring the needs of student writers.

Writing Mentors are also expected to attend regular check-in sessions at the Shapiro Center. These check-ins, held during common hour (T/Th from 12:15 until 1:00pm) will be held 9 times a semester for new mentors and 6 times a semester for veterans.

Ordinarily, a mentor will work with five mentees during a semester. Should mentors have fewer than five mentees, they will be expected to work as a tutor in the Writing Workshop, up to a total of five work hours per week. For example, if you are only assigned 3 mentees, you will spend your additional two hours working in the Writing Workshop.