The Mentor Program

Gary Gary
The Mentor Program

Goal: In order to improve the overall quality of participation in the community we have created a system that will allow the more experienced members of our community to become teachers. These Mentors will help to educate and advise the newest reviewers joining our community, and help them to learn how to become an more experienced and well rounded contributor.

What is a Student?
A student is any new reviewer who decides to participate in the Mentor Program.

How do I become a Student?
You have to be a basic reviewer, and you may participate in the Mentor Program by activating it in the Contributor account. Contributors with the service level Basic are eligible for Mentor program.

What is a Mentor?
A Mentor is a an advanced reviewer who would like to help our new reviewers (Students) learn what makes a good review, which approach works best when testing and review writing, and also to help them become more experienced contributors.

How to become a Mentor?
In order to become a Mentor you need to have Contributor Rank of at least 6.0, and the desire to help the new contributors that are coming into our community. You can participate in the Mentor Program by requesting to join in your Contributor account.

- The Mentor applies for the Mentor Program with a quick description about their area of expertise, and what kind student he/she might look for.

- The administrator reviews the request, and approves or declines the request.

- Once the Mentor is approved, he/she appears on the list of available Mentors in the Student account.

How Students can apply for a class

- A Student can select a Mentor from the list of available Mentors.

- The Student writes an introduction to the Mentor.

- The Mentor must either accept or decline mentoring the Student.

- Once a Mentor takes on the Student, all other class requests for other Mentors must be cancelled.

- Once mentor takes the student, a new class is created automatically.

Activities in Class

- Once a Mentor takes on a Student, the Student becomes eligible for push assignments.

- The Mentor can contact the administrator and request push assignments for a student.

- The administrator can create a push assignment, and Student should complete the order (like a regular assignment).

- Student can submit their reviews to the Mentor.

- The Mentor will be notified by email every time the Student writes a new review, while the student is in the class.

- The Mentor will be able to see the submitted reviews and comment on them, and either publish or return to the Student for revisions.

- The Student is able to see the comments left by the Mentor, modify the review, and re-submit to the Mentor.

- The review will have a label that it was completed in assistance with their Mentor, if it was published by Mentor.

A Mentor may indicate in the account that he is no longer available for new Students to guide. A Mentor also will not be available if he/she already has 2 current classes. Mentor can discontinue a relationship with Student at anytime by cancelling the class with Student.

The communication between the Mentor and Student will be performed through the comments directly on the review or via messaging system.

Graduation or The student didn’t pass

- After the Student completes 2 reviews, the Mentor should make a decision to either graduate, or to not graduate the student. At this time the Mentor can also request that the Student writes another review.

- Once a Student is graduated, the service level changes from Basic to Advanced Level.

- The Mentor will receive a $25 gift card once the Student (with Basic level) finishes the class with any outcome (graduate or didn’t pass).

As a more experienced member of the community, you the Mentor will now have the opportunity to make a difference in improving the standards of the community. You will be directly educating the Student on the ways of the community. For you the Student, this is your chance to learn from the more experienced Mentor. You will be able to ask questions, get advice, and receive feedback.
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Sir Sir
Thank you for posting this, Gary! Really helpful, I hope that newer people are reading this!
05/03/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Can a advanced reviewer be a student?
I think sometimes that a second set of eyes would help with some of my reviews.
05/03/2010
Sir Sir
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Can a advanced reviewer be a student?
I think sometimes that a second set of eyes would help with some of my reviews.
I am pretty sure that you can be, yes. If you to the mentor section, it will allow you to activate your status as a Student.
05/03/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by Sir
I am pretty sure that you can be, yes. If you to the mentor section, it will allow you to activate your status as a Student.
Thank you!
05/03/2010
Heartthrob Heartthrob
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
The Mentor ProgramGoal: In order to improve the overall quality of participation in the community we have created a system that will allow the more experienced members of our community to become teachers. These Mentors will help to educate and advise ... More
Thanks, I'm a mentor now and looking forward to it!
05/03/2010
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Can a advanced reviewer be a student?
I think sometimes that a second set of eyes would help with some of my reviews.
YES! We encourage this for fun, and the improvement of the community. The only difference would be the Mentor will not receive a gift card upon your graduation of the class if you are already an Advanced Level Contributor.
05/03/2010
VieuxCarre VieuxCarre
Totally looking forward to this program
05/03/2010
Sir Sir
Quote:
Originally posted by VieuxCarre
Totally looking forward to this program
So am I.
05/03/2010
Kayla Kayla
So, if the student is already an advanced reviewer and is already requesting assignments, is the Mentor still supposed to request a push assignment for the student?
05/03/2010
VieuxCarre VieuxCarre
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
YES! We encourage this for fun, and the improvement of the community. The only difference would be the Mentor will not receive a gift card upon your graduation of the class if you are already an Advanced Level Contributor.
We just get brownie points and pats on the back Woot!
05/03/2010
MuffysPinguLove MuffysPinguLove
This sounds like a great new program! I'm looking forward to helping out new reviewers
05/03/2010
VieuxCarre VieuxCarre
Quote:
Originally posted by MuffysPinguLove
This sounds like a great new program! I'm looking forward to helping out new reviewers
I am too! I'm glad you're a mentor now as well! Congrats!
05/03/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Wow I didn't know we got incentives. This is awesome. My only complaint is that I am already at my max students and would love more. But I love being busy busy.

I think it would be cool if mentors could be upgraded and voted on by their students to be able to take on more at one time.

I also think a student should be automatically dropped if they don't complete their first review within...idk...a week so as to not waste time others could have learning. This is also a reason for my gripe about the two max.

I'm having so much fun with this, best update ever .
05/03/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm loving learning about this, and just took on my first student.

So if the student applied to my class with an assignment on the way already, I go over that review and decide whether or not it gets published right away? And then after that one's good can they decide their next assignment on their own or should I make a push right away?
05/03/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I'm loving learning about this, and just took on my first student.

So if the student applied to my class with an assignment on the way already, I go over that review and decide whether or not it gets published right away? And then after ... More
They can decide on their own with or without your help.
05/03/2010
Elodie Elodie
Does mentoring an advanced reviewer count toward a mentor's overall cap? Because I'd hate to "cost" someone a $25 gift card for mentoring me instead of someone who isn't already advanced.
05/03/2010
Splendwhore Splendwhore
This is so exciting! What a great opportunity to help the community grow in a positive way. I believe it will also be a huge benefit for the mentors themselves! I can't wait until my rank is high enough to apply. So close, yet so far away. ^_^
05/03/2010
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by Kayla
So, if the student is already an advanced reviewer and is already requesting assignments, is the Mentor still supposed to request a push assignment for the student?
Since you are Advanced, you would be able to request as normal.
05/03/2010
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
Wow I didn't know we got incentives. This is awesome. My only complaint is that I am already at my max students and would love more. But I love being busy busy.

I think it would be cool if mentors could be upgraded and voted on by their ... More
The limit is set at two because the emphasis here is on quality.

As for your expectations, you must make them clear to your student.
05/03/2010
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I'm loving learning about this, and just took on my first student.

So if the student applied to my class with an assignment on the way already, I go over that review and decide whether or not it gets published right away? And then after ... More
If they are basic, they should not already have an assignment on the way.

But I suppose in a situation where they left a class, you would just take it from there.
05/03/2010
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by Elodie
Does mentoring an advanced reviewer count toward a mentor's overall cap? Because I'd hate to "cost" someone a $25 gift card for mentoring me instead of someone who isn't already advanced.
Two students total is everyones limit.
05/03/2010
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
On the Mentor signup, it says; "Please specify your area of expertise." Alan & I have never been listed as "experts" in anything on the site, so does that mean we don't qualify?
05/03/2010
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
This looks great! Once I'm done with finals, I'll look into it more, but it looks like you guys are off to a great start.
05/03/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
If they are basic, they should not already have an assignment on the way.

But I suppose in a situation where they left a class, you would just take it from there.
Oh no, mine is currently an advanced reviewer already just looking to try and review something they haven't done before and looking for help.
05/03/2010
MuffysPinguLove MuffysPinguLove
Quote:
Originally posted by VieuxCarre
I am too! I'm glad you're a mentor now as well! Congrats!
Thanks for the congrats!
05/03/2010
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
Nevermind, I think we figured it out.
05/03/2010
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by Alan & Michele
On the Mentor signup, it says; "Please specify your area of expertise." Alan & I have never been listed as "experts" in anything on the site, so does that mean we don't qualify?
You should just list what you are familiar with, or are most experienced with.
05/03/2010
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
Oh no, mine is currently an advanced reviewer already just looking to try and review something they haven't done before and looking for help.
There is nothing wrong with this. However, it is up to you whether or not you with to accept them as a student.
05/03/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
There is nothing wrong with this. However, it is up to you whether or not you with to accept them as a student.
Ok.

My next question is how do we initiate push reviews for the student? And is there/will there be a way to edit our areas of expertise if we feel we're strong enough in those to want to list?
05/03/2010
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