6.2.2 For the mentor
Mentoring is a mutual learning relationship. If it works well the mentor finds the experience rewarding by exploring new ideas and ways of working and getting a chance to reflect on their own practice.
The following comments were gathered from a mentoring feedback exercise.
"It was useful to both of us. Often it was more of a discussion of issues and problems which enabled both of us to clarify them rather than a one-way advice-giving relationship."
"It has helped me to articulate assumptions about the nature of the work and to re-examine them."
"Meeting a new fellow-tutor can generate new ideas even with an 'old lag' like myself!"
"I enjoy the contact we had – the opportunity for part-time staff to assist one another in the OU is not always present and this system allows that to happen."
In this video, Mary and Diane discuss the role of a tutor mentor and what is expected of them.