Mentoring ≠ Monitoring!

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Mentoring ≠ Monitoring!
Alison Reynolds, Student (University), United Kingdom

I have recently been mentored by a variety of people and found that their skills in this role varied greatly. The perception of the role of mentor differs dependent on the person doing the mentoring. Mentors need to take into account the needs of their "mentee". I felt most of the time that I wasn't being mentored but instead being judged and because of this it affected my performance. I was very capable of doing my job most of the time and only needed a little guidance on certain occasions but this wasn't taken into account.

Mentoring is not Monitoring
S Luther, UK
I agree, mentoring is all about the needs of the mentee and where they want to be, so the mentor can advice and guide.
Your activity sounds more like critical appraisal, and the feedback you received lacked constructiveness. This can undermine confidence and hence effect performance.
When receiving feedback it is important to remember that this is someone's opinion, ask for evidence, then consider whether or not you accept it. Ask yourself what is your evidence to counteract their opinion. The important thing is to be honest with yourself.



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