the mentors selected?
qualifies them to mentor other students in English?
mentors work one on one with the students/mentees?
Do the mentees
have to apply voluntarily?
program just solely be for weak students?
times per week are we looking at?
of day will it run?
Is it curriculum
mentors helping with homework or are they reinforcing skills?
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
• Enjoy working with others, sharing
knowledge with them, and
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.
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.
Will the mentors work one on one with the students/mentees?
Yes, most of the time.
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?
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.
How many times per week are we looking at?
One or two times a week (depends on mentee's needs).
What time of day will it run?
Mainly after school.
Is it curriculum based?
It depends on English teacher's recommendations.
Are the mentors helping with homework or are they
Reinforcing skills is our aim, but they might provide guidelines as to how
to go about doing homework.
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...