- Friday (1-3pm, 3-5pm, 5-7pm, 7-9pm, 9-11pm or 11pm-1am)
- Saturday (1-3am, 3-5am, 5-7am, 7-9am or 9-11am)
See Mentors Schedule to view mentors that have already signed up.
Mentoring isn’t teaching…
in the sense that mentors are not standing in front of and teaching a class.
- Stand by on the sidelines
- Are right there when needed
- Focus on the learners
- Have sympathy for learners skill-level
- Encourage learners to go further through positive motivation
- Ensure they have fun doing it
Creating a friendly environment
- Make eye contact
- Admit when you don’t know something
- Be kind and friendly
- Refer to learners by name (on the name tags)
- Tell learners it’s OK to make mistakes
- Take breaks when it gets frustrating
- Assume everyone you’re mentoring has zero knowledge but infinite intelligence
- Use normal language instead of slang
- Make sure the learner understood what you said…
- …and explain it again differently if that’s not the case
- Encourage learners to play around on their own
- Create a safe space for experimentation
- Look around to see if someone might be having trouble; They might just be afraid to ask
- Come by once in a while and ask: “Hey, how is it going? Anything I can help you with?”
- This is a very powerful tool: It helps shy learners, builds rapport and increases engagement.
- Another tip: Sit next to them and chat about what they are doing.
Questions are good!
- Get people comfortable asking questions
- Emphasize that there is no such thing as “dumb” questions
- Ask if learners have any questions
- Give other learners the chance to try to answer that question
- Coding is collaboration — make sure learners understand that
Responding to questions
Chances are, there is a specific question when the learner asks you to help them. How do you respond?
- “I’m glad you asked that.”
- “What an interesting question!”
- “Great question!”
- “Hm, I’m not sure… Let’s look in the Internet/ask someone else.”
- If in doubt: blame the material, never the learner.
- Their interpretation of the material might be as good as ours!
- This is not about you, but about the learner. We go at their pace.
- Everyone learns at their own pace. That’s a good thing!
- Talk sssssslllllloooooowwwwwwllllllyyyyyyyy.
- Wait much longer than you feel is comfortable for questions/comments (count to 10 in your head)
- Don’t accept any learner saying they are too inexperienced/tired/stressed to do it, answer that they can do it.
- Congratulate people on their achievements, take some time to let them show them to you.
- If learners get off the path but have fun, encourage them to go on.
A few things we are not doing:
- We do not hit on anyone or make sexually suggestive remarks
- We do not roll our eyes or laugh at questions
- We do not use the time to advertise our own companies/jobs/ourselves
- We do not pick on or make fun of anyone or anything
- We do not touch their keyboard
Their keyboard – it is made of lava!
- Learners don’t benefit from you taking over their keyboard.
- Don’t touch it.
- If you absolutely, ultimately must type something on their computer — chances are you don’t —, ask whether that is okay with them.
- Explain what you are doing.