When can you get a mentor?

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When can you get a mentor?

Thomas90 Thomas90
I'm extremely new to the ED site, but i'm really enjoying the community here, and I want to try and learn how best to be a reputable and helpful member, so who best to learn from than a mentor, eh?

Thing is though, I'm really confused. I've read all the FAQ's and things about the "mentor programme" but it doesn't really tell you what you'll learn from your mentor, and how to get one... well, it does mention "how", but it's very vague in what you say/ask to get one.

Is it too soon for me to try and get a mentor? Or should I wait to settle in first?
04/10/2012
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mistressg mistressg
I think it would be great to get a mentor when you are new to the site, but you can get a mentor at any point regardless of how long you have been a member of the community. To put it simply, a mentor helps you write stronger reviews.
04/10/2012
Nazaress Nazaress
Getting a mentor when you're brand-new is the PERFECT time to have one. They can be useful later on, too, especially if you're confused about a certain type of review. But I would say that they are the MOST helpful when you are brand-new so definitely feel free to grab one if you want!

A mentor is there to help you learn how to write a review, as well as how to improve your reviews if you're already a reviewer. Especially when you are new, you don't know what is supposed to be included in a review. They will help you to write better, even if you've been writing forever, because everyone is unique and chances are that they'll have a bit of wisdom to pass onto you that you never even thought of before.

You can find the list of available mentors here towards the bottom of the page. Find one that interests you and/or that you think you would "click" with and request them for mentorship. Good luck!
04/10/2012
wrmbreze wrmbreze
I say, get a mentor whenever you decide you need one. As a newbie, to get support when reviewing an item that you've never tried before or just to get some feedback. A mentor can be as helpful as you need them to be. I find that most mentors like to know upfront what it is that you expect from them as well as them telling you what they expect from you. That is basically all that needs to be said when applying for a class, well, you also need to say how often you'd like to hear from them/ how often you may contact them.
04/10/2012
lilly555 lilly555
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Originally posted by Thomas90
I'm extremely new to the ED site, but i'm really enjoying the community here, and I want to try and learn how best to be a reputable and helpful member, so who best to learn from than a mentor, eh?

Thing is though, I'm really ...
Do you not know how to get a mentor? Here is a link to the currently available mentors. This contains the profiles of what each can help you with should you choose them. I would recommend asking them what you want to know. Questions like; 'I want to review this, do you have some experience with it?' or 'How long does it usually take you to reply to students questions/review submission?' These are questions you might want to ask when applying for a mentor.
Personally I think you should have as many mentors as you want. I've had three and I learned something from every one, there's always something to learn from a fellow reviewer
04/11/2012
Forum Moderator Forum Moderator
Great answers so far, everyone!!! The mentor program is a great asset to the community. If you graduate from one class and still feel like you could learn more, you're welcome to sign up with a different mentor.

Please note one thing: If you submit multiple requests at once, the system automatically cancels the previous request but the mentors still receive the notification and it can be confusing. Please send one request at a time until you receive an answer from the mentor.
04/11/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
Quote:
Originally posted by Forum Moderator
Great answers so far, everyone!!! The mentor program is a great asset to the community. If you graduate from one class and still feel like you could learn more, you're welcome to sign up with a different mentor.

Please note one thing: If ...
Thank you for that clarification because I've received notices that I have a pending request and immediately go to it to find that it was already cancelled. Now I know. Thank You!
04/20/2012
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