What Is Mentoring?
‘Mentoring refers to a personal developmental relationship in which an experienced & knowledgeable person helps a student. The intent is to develop the student’s capabilities through a one-on-one relationship that is outside a formal organizational structure. Mentors provide insight, guidance, and point advice and direction, based on their own experience and expertise.’*
Mentoring provides a guarantee to students that someone out there cares and is looking out for them. It offers them a reassurance that they are not alone in dealing with the day-to-day challenges and issues. Studies have shown that ‘quality mentoring powerful positive effect on [students] in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations’**. It has been seen that mentoring enhances growth and development, and provides more social and economic opportunities.
Benefits of Mentoring
Research has shown that mentoring has a positive impact on the youth. It has been observed that mentoring has indicated:
- Improved academic performance;
- Improved class performance;
- Increased number of homework and assignments turned in;
- Better discipline;
- Positive perception of academic competence;
- Positive attitude towards school; and
- Reduced number of students skipping classes.