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Wood Rose Academy is part of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. 

Wood Rose Academy

4347 Cowell Road

Concord CA 94518

United States

© 2019 Wood Rose Academy

Tel: (925) 825-4644

       (925) 825-5493

Wood Rose Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Mentoring for Students: The key of personalized education

The key of personalized education: The mentor tries to create an environment where the young person opens up because he feels he is being heard.

Number and Duration of Meetings


The mentor meets with each mentee at least once a quarter. The meeting is one-on-one where the mentor can give his full attention to the mentee. Accidental conversations in the hallway, quick check ups, group meals, sideline chitchat, etc., although encouraged and quite effective some times, do not take the place of an mentoring meeting. Although a meeting may be longer, especially at the beginning of the year, 15 minutes will quite often be sufficient.

 

But before explaining each area in detail, there are some general considerations that are worth discussing.
 

The conversation between the mentor and the mentee should have a relaxed tone — an exchange among friends. It should have the tenor of a friendship of an older brother with a younger one, or a father with a son.


There are certain subjects that should be brought up regularly that the mentor should be familiar with:

  • School Work

  • Taking advantage of the spiritual activities at School

  • Serving others: the Gift of Self

  • Learning to pray

  • Aspirations: What is the mentee looking forward to?

  • Worries and Concerns

  • Grades

  • Reasons for good/bad grades

  • Study habits

  • Anticipating possible problems

  • Reading for pleasure

  • Temperament and Personality

  • General temperament: extrovert, introvert, calm, nervous, etc.

  • Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Self-knowledge

  • Interests/hobbies

  • Friendships

  • Human refinement: language/dress/personal grooming

  • Family Life

  • Charity to parents and siblings

  • Use of time

  • Obedience to parents

  • Responsibilities at home: chores; spirit of service; example to younger siblings

  • Moral Formation and Character

  • Learning to choose the good

  • Seeking truth

  • Use of technology

  • Self-dominion

  • Courage to do and say the right thing

  • Life of Faith

The mentor/mentee conversation

The mentor should always make the mentor/mentee conversations an occasion for the mentee to feel he is understood. It’s not the time for reprimands or guilt trips, but quite the opposite. The mentor tries to create an environment where the young person opens up because he feels he is being heard. This, of course, is particularly important for older students as they are trying to exert their own personalities. The mentee should know from the beginning that this conversation is not a time to complain about teachers or his parents. The mentor will listen and help the students understand why their parents want this or that or why that teacher gave that assignment.