Guidelines for mentees
- At the beginning of the mentoring relationship (for example, after an initial inquiry), your mentor may choose to call you or, where possible, suggest a face-to-face meeting. You are strongly advised to talk with your mentor, as it will help build rapport and trust.
- Early in the relationship, exchange curricula vitae (CVs) with your mentor.
- Your mentor should encourage you to work together to complete the online AuthorAID learning agreement. Doing so helps to define the nature of the relationship and establish expectations.
Working with your mentor
- Your mentor should try to communicate regularly to help maintain momentum. Typically, this is likely to be about one to three times a week.
- Have patience with your mentor. He or she may be experiencing connectivity problems or other constraints.
- Please notify your mentor when you will be unavailable to receive or send e- mails.
- Respect your mentor’s time as much as you respect your own.
- Please remember that the relationship between you and your mentor is professional
The role of your mentor
- Remember that your mentor is there to guide you, not to do your research or write your manuscript for you.
- Your mentor should provide positive, constructive feedback. If you feel that you are not receiving such feedback, please discuss the situation with your mentor. If there still seems to be difficulty, please contact INASP (email@example.com)
- Your mentor should not be the sole source of guidance. Seek out other people’s opinions and advice, both online and within your institution.
- Remember that your mentor is volunteering his or her time. Some mentorships may continue long-term; many will end when the agreed-on tasks are completed; and for any of various reasons, some may end earlier. If you think the time has come for the mentorship to end, tell your mentor. If you are unsure whether the mentorship should continue, discuss the question with your mentor.
- If the mentorship is ending, bring it to closure. Thank your mentor for his or her help and input. Perhaps discuss with your mentor what you each have gained.
- If you and your mentor wish to continue the mentorship after the activities in the learning agreement are completed, consider modifying the learning agreement.
- If the mentorship is ending, please tell AuthorAID, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Feel free to propose additional guidelines for this list. Again, the address to use is email@example.com.