How has being a student in the mentor program helped you?

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we all experience thing differently & I think it's a good idea for us to see how the mentor prog. has helped us as a student. how has being a student in the mentor program help you?
11/02/2012
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Mwar Mwar
It was really helpful. I feel that anyone who desires to become a mentor should be a student at least once. That way you are able to see what it is like from both sides.

My mentor, Kendra, was awesome. I was already advanced and had some reviews, but I was not experienced dealing with lingerie and she is. She helped me a lot with lingerie reviews. I find them harder in remembering what details to include at times.

Overall, it was an awesome experience
11/02/2012
ImaGodiva ImaGodiva
I'm in the middle of my mentor class now - I've written one review and am waiting on my product for the second one. Prior to the class, I wrote one review on my own.

I really like it that a student can browse available mentors and choose one that seems compatible - I think we all have different writing styles and different priorities and it's great to be able to find and choose someone whose approach seems similar to yours, and someone who has experience in the areas that interest you.

Also, I felt more confident doing my mentored review than the one that was not mentored, because I knew someone was there to make sure I covered everything & that my review was up to a certain standard before publishing it. When I wrote the review on my own at first, I wasn't sure exactly what to include. You can learn a lot by reading other people's reviews, but when you can count on someone of a certain level editing your review, I think it is more of a guarantee that your review will be worthwhile. I know there will still be room for improvement long after the mentoring class is done, but it seems to be a good way to build a foundation for future reviews.

It's great to receive free items also, and I appreciate that there is a way to do that from the beginning. Of course, you have to account for the time taken in the review, it's not getting something for nothing, but it sure is fun.

It also helped me to feel more a part of the community here too, and not be intimidated.

Thanks Edenfantasys!

ImaGodiva
11/05/2012
tami tami
Being a student in the mentoring program helped me get started on being able to write a helpful review. My first attempt at review writing was a horrible disaster. I am just now able to write and publish my own reviews. I am a huge fan of the mentoring program!
11/05/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by edeneve
we all experience thing differently & I think it's a good idea for us to see how the mentor prog. has helped us as a student. how has being a student in the mentor program help you?
I chose Sexxxy Sarah to be my mentor back when I first joined. How was it helpful to me? Immensely!

Maybe it was just me, but when I first joined, I was overwhelmed and 100% confused! I did not know a thing. I didn't know how to do anything or where to go. I guess for some of us, when you first get here you're like a lost puppy. It was pretty tough for me and when I graduated, it was hard to find my way around like learning how to do things like order your own assignment. I caught on though.

What was helpful most to me was her way of guiding me in writing reviews. She would tell me what I'd forgotten or needed to add in a review without beating around the bush. I like that. I remember once, she was like, you HAVE to know what kind of batteries it takes. Because I couldn't recall and I'd just say "I don't know what batteries this needs, but..." LOL. That was an eye opener for me. I finally realized I NEEDED to gather my information, even if it meant writing down every detail as I notice it on a post-it, and keeping the post-it handy for when I went to write the review.

And I still do that. Lol. When I'm at home, I write on my bed and right beside my bed is a bookshelf and nobody else can see the side of the shelf except me, so I can leave a bazillion post-its and refer back to them! Lol.

I'm interested in hearing the other responses from people who have been in the program. I like knowing what students need and want from a mentor because I want to be the best mentor I can for my students. It can be tough because you have different people with diff. needs. I used to send out this LONG list of how everything works here -- everything! Lol. And for some students, they liked that because they could learn and refer back to that instructional list if they ran into trouble on what to do when getting an assignment or where you go to begin writing.

And then I had students that got really frustrated when I sent them a welcome message and my "here's how everything works" guide. They did not like that, so I quit doing it and started just giving the basic info and asking a new student to just tell me what they need to know instead of me frustrating them with my little "guide." LOL. And whattayaknow? I got ahold of a student 2 months ago who was left in the dark. They were like "uhh.. I'm REALLY confused here!" So then I decided that they could use my little guide.

Some students need things that other students don't. Being a student also helped me to be a mentor later because had I never been a student, I really wouldn't have the first clue as to how to be a good mentor, which I hope I am. So the mentor program was totally necessary for me. I couldn't have done much of anything had I not gone through it, and quite honestly, I do not see how people are able to figure this place out with out a mentor. Well, unless they have friends they always ask when questions happen.
11/05/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by Mwar
It was really helpful. I feel that anyone who desires to become a mentor should be a student at least once. That way you are able to see what it is like from both sides.

My mentor, Kendra, was awesome. I was already advanced and had some ... More
AWWWW! Mwar, that was so nice of you. I'm really glad it was helpful for you. That meant so much to me to read what you said! You made my day. You were a fabulous student too! And your reviews are always kick-ass, if I can say that. Lol. I'm 100% sure you've made an excellent mentor.
11/05/2012
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Originally posted by edeneve
we all experience thing differently & I think it's a good idea for us to see how the mentor prog. has helped us as a student. how has being a student in the mentor program help you?
When I first started writing reviews, I really sucked. Now I only suck a little! I was a student twice. First time to learn, which really worked out and the second time because I really loved the mentors articles and wanted help making mine awesome. I always recommend the mentor program. Its also an awesome way to make a new friend.
11/10/2012
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Oh.. Yeah.. My first mentor was Miss Nessa, She totally rocks and helped me with so many things including what to include in my reviews, how to navigate the site and so much more. She was absoultely wonderful. My second mentor was LoriandHubby who really inspired me with not only her writing style but everything else. She is still a great friend and I love talking to her and learning from her still to this day.
11/10/2012
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