First contact with a student

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First contact with a student

Kindred Kindred
In another thread, I suggested posting a copy of the initial message I send to students. My goal is to establish expectations and to ensure that the student and I are somewhat on the same page. I tweak it a little for reviewers that are already advanced to let them know that they can not request monthly assignments if they choose to go the $30 push assignment route. If you have something similar, please share so we can all benefit.

I'm happy to work with you, but there's a few things you should know. In terms of the program itself, you have to do at least 2 reviews with me to graduate, although we can certainly do more if you feel you are not ready to review on your own after the two. Everyone is different in this respect. Once we both agree that you are ready, I will graduate you.

One thing I ask is that you do not request a community upgrade while enrolled with me as a student. As a mentor, we are given compensation in the form of a $25 gift card for graduating a student into advanced status. If you request an upgrade vote and become advanced while still my student, I am no longer eligible to receive the card. I ask that you not do this out of respect. You will automatically become an advanced reviewer once I graduate you.

Now that I have accepted you as a student, we need to decide on your first toy to review. You can either review an item you already have or we can try to pick out an item for you to review and request it as an assignment. The price limit is $30 regardless of your rank and typically they ask that it not have 3 written reviews for it already, but that is not a hard fast rule. Is there something in particular you had in mind? If you give me a few ideas, I can also try and make a few suggestions. Once we have a few possibilities, I will pass them forward and hopefully they will approve one and assign it to you. There is also no wait time needed between assignments. Once you have completed one, we can request another assignment immediately.

For writing your first review with me, I would strongly suggest reading some reviews of some of the advanced reviewers to get a sense of what information to include. Here is also editing guidelines with some common errors link

After you write your review, there is an option at the bottom to submit it to your mentor. When you do this, it will be sent to me and I have the option to read, edit, and comment on it. If necessary, I will return it to you and suggest changes. We can do this back and forth as many times as necessary until we feel it is ready to be posted. At this point, I will publish your review directly.

We can work at your pace, but I would certainly appreciate being kept informed if you have any issues that prevent you from completing your review in time. Things happen, so I totally understand, just let me know so I know what is going on. Personally, I will try to respond to any reviews you submit to me within a week.

In the meantime, here is a thread I created that has a lot of useful information.link

And here is an excellent thread with some review writing tips. link

Hopefully I have answered most of your initial questions. Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions regarding reviewing, the website, or the community. I'm here as a resource to help you.

So the first thing is to select a few items that you might be interested in reviewing. The Product Search feature can be helpful in narrowing down your choices. link. I look forward to hearing from you.
09/08/2011
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P'Gell P'Gell
Sounds good, Kindred. I like the part about not requesting upgrades from the community. I like all of it.
09/08/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Fantastic! Thank you very much for sharing this!
09/08/2011
Kkay Kkay
Great message. I unfortunately shorted my mentor of a gift-card because I didn't know about the rules of how a mentor does and doesn't get compensated.
09/08/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Wow Kindred. That is great. I usually just ramble off the top of my head, forget something, have to send another message.
09/08/2011
sexyintexas sexyintexas
Thanks Kindred. This will definately help. I think I tend to ramble. My only good thing is that I am on everyday so I message back and forth frequently lol.
09/08/2011
Owl Identified Owl Identified
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Originally posted by Jobthingy
Wow Kindred. That is great. I usually just ramble off the top of my head, forget something, have to send another message.
Haha, yup, me too! Definitely giving me some things to think about. Thank you for posting, Kindred!
09/08/2011
Illumin8 Illumin8
This looks great, Kindred. Really answers pretty much all questions students have.
09/09/2011
Kindred Kindred
So, do no other mentors have a standard greeting for new students?
09/11/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
Quote:
Originally posted by Kkay
Great message. I unfortunately shorted my mentor of a gift-card because I didn't know about the rules of how a mentor does and doesn't get compensated.
same here. i thought that's what everyone is supposed to do. i felt bad after i found out that wasn't the case
09/11/2011
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I love this letter. I just got a mentor today (hard decision - looking to see who was available and then reading their reviews to see if we'd be a match).

My mentor uses a shorter version of this letter - most of the top portion without going into the detail about the item to review (I think she asked me if I had anything in mind but without all the details).

I am so excited about the mentor program and hope that someday I can be a mentor myself.
09/28/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
So, do no other mentors have a standard greeting for new students?
Mine tends to vary. I always tell them that they have to do two reviews but can stick around for as many more as they want, that if they know they won't be around for a while to let me know because I don't mind waiting but I will cancel the class if they drop off the face of the earth, and if they aren't advanced I tell them not to go up for vote because graduating will make them advanced and I'll cancel the class if they do. If they contacted me with specific questions, I try to answer them right there and give them a chance to ask more questions of their own.
09/28/2011
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