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Mentoring Manual

Balancing challenge and support

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Some faculty members have been known to say: “I was not expected to meet with my mentor more than once a semester, so a student needing more than that is not appropriate.”  Other faculty state: “I want to work in collaboration with the student, so want to be involved in all their work so that it is all done right.”  An intern for the first faculty member may languish because of not sufficient mentoring and the intern for the second languish because of a faculty member with a suffocating mentoring style, never letting the intern make a mistake or gain confidence from their own accomplishments.   I have seen interns and mentors fail when expectations and desired mentoring patters are not matched well.

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