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Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to Mr. Darren Smith's Questions.
  1. How were the mentors selected?
  2. What specifically qualifies them to mentor other students in English?
  3. Will the mentors work one on one with the students/mentees?
  4. Do the mentees have to apply voluntarily?
  5. Will this program just solely be for weak students?
  6. How many times per week are we looking at?
  7. What time of day will it run?
  8. Is it curriculum based?
  9. Are the mentors helping with homework or are they reinforcing skills?
  10. Who creates the lessons the mentors will mentor?

How were the mentors selected?

The English mentors had to fulfill the following requirements:
•       Have very good grades (B+ and higher) in ONE or more of the 
following skills: Writing, Reading, Literature, Grammar, Oral Presentations, 
Research papers, & SAT (verbal).
•       Have a GPA higher than 2.0.
•       Have most of the following qualities: Be Reliable, Hardworking, 
Organized, Caring, Helpful, Patient, Empathetic, and Generous + Have good 
communication skills.
•       Enjoy working with others, sharing knowledge with them, and 
motivating them.

In addition, they had to submit the following documents:
1.      A portfolio (binder or booklet) that includes a collection of what 
they are good at.
2.      One letter of recommendation from one of their recent English 
teachers specifying what they would be good at teaching.
3.      A cover letter expressing their interest in the position and saying 
why they would be good candidates.

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What specifically qualifies them to mentor other students in English?

The coordinator will give the mentors a workshop on how they might go about 
teaching, but one of the requirements is that they coordinate with the 
student's English teacher.
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Will the mentors work one on one with the students/mentees?

Yes, most of the time.
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Do the mentees have to apply voluntarily?

The mentees do have to "volunteer". However, if a student's English teacher 
thinks that this student needs help in English and recommends they he/she 
get help, then we can talk to the parents/advisor/counselor and have them 
convince the student to apply.
I prefer to have it this way and hold the student responsible for his/her 
own learning. Let's face it, if we oblige students to "be taught", how much 
will they benefit and learn?
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Will this program just solely be for weak students?

Not necessarily. If some students are reasonably strong in most areas but 
are weak in one area, we would work on that weak area.
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How many times per week are we looking at?

One or two times a week (depends on mentee's needs).
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What time of day will it run?

Mainly after school.
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Is it curriculum based?

It depends on English teacher's recommendations.
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Are the mentors helping with homework or are they reinforcing skills?

Reinforcing skills is our aim, but they might provide guidelines as to how 
to go about doing homework.
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Who creates the lessons the mentors will mentor?

The mentors themselves, with the coordinator’s help. There will be forms for 
them to fill out: 
Needs assessment + What they intend to focus on with the mentees +
What they did cover during the lesson, etc...
The mentees will also fill out some forms: What they did during the
session, How much they benefited, etc...
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