First meeting with mentor


First time poster,

Just wondering if anyone could tell me what to expect from my first meeting with my mentor. I have started a research masters in arts part time at my old university. I am also a mum to a 18 month old and if anyone has any advice or tips in general that would be great as I have been out of education for over 6 years now. My thesis is also non-empirical so I dont have to do surveys or experiments for my work.


As Steve posted in his reply, make sure you read through their social profiles.

But most important, is to value your mentor's time as if they were your own. If your mentorship program is like most Universities, most mentors either are working professionals or have really tight academic schedules. Hence, if they have taken time out for you, make sure you're there on time and are adequately prepared with the questions you'd like to have answered. It's really easy to go off on a tangent and talk about multiple issues. Hence coming prepared with questions and a general roadmap of what you'd like to do/achieve will definitely help you get off the perfect start.

After the end of every session, make sure you summarize and clarify your objectives until the next session. Be sure to send your mentor a thank you email and summarize the points discussed in the email, so that your mentor has a reference before you meet them the next time.

Apart from that, make sure you learn from regular contact with your mentor. I'm sure you'll have a great experience.