5 ways to be a better mentor

Elaine Thomas

Saturday, 16 March 2019

How do you feel about mentoring a student who believes his future is in farming marijuana? Or has supremacist views? What about a religious student who believes Armageddon is just around the corner?


Or a student who objects to moving to a new house with their parents who are fleeing the current epidemic of youth violence, to live in a rural town in the Norfolk?

These are of course extreme examples of issues that arise in mentoring sessions, but they do represent a real portion of young people that I have mentored during my mentoring career.

From mentoring students soon to be deported to mentoring refugees trying to navigate the kindness of individuals against the harsh narrative of British media, offering your best mentoring practice comes with a lot of training, reflection and practice.

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Elaine Thomas
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Director of The mentoring Lab, Elaine has over 15 years of experience in teaching, employment, mentoring, supporting learning and career progression.

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