Getting started with the mentorship modules

The mentorship modules are a series of carefully curated forms aimed at optimizing the experience for your mentee. 

Before the call:

  • Refer to the initial email we have sent out to you to find out what preparation needs to be done. We have also attached the list below.

During the call:

  • Use the Typeform as a guide to structure the conversation between you and your mentee. We will provide prompts and relevant questions that you can ask. Here is an example from the “Subject Choice” module:
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  • Take notes in the form itself as you go through the questions! They will be sent to you at the end of the meeting.

After the call:

  • Your input from the form will be sent to you after you click “Submit”. It will be helpful for your next meeting.

Module Index

Here is a summary of the modules and their respective to-dos before the meeting. To access the links to the modules, please refer to the first email which was sent to you when you were matched to a  mentee.

1. Introduction
This module is compulsory. One of the most important things in mentoring is to take some time to get to know your mentee, so that's what this is for!
Throughout the module, if your mentee says something that you find particularly interesting, we recommend that you note this down in the notes section of the module so that you can encourage them to reference it later when they are writing their personal statements. 

To do before the call:
1) Think back to your own university journey and how you came to choose your university and subject.
2) Try to remember the barriers you faced when you were applying, to really put yourself in your mentee's shoes
P.S. If you want to see what it looks like, have a brief read through before the call. We'll only log it in the system when you hit "submit".

2. Subject Choice
There are two key things to do before having this call with your mentee:
1) Brainstorm ways to find out if your subject is right for someone considering doing it at university. For example, for history you might suggest that they go through a reading list and write a mock essay outline to see how they find it.
2) The main factors people usually consider are a) passion, b) skill, c) likelihood of being accepted d) careers. Think about the main ways that your mentee can find out how their current subject considerations relate to these factors so that you can encourage them to do this. It may include going on the university website to find reading lists, or look at admissions requirements etc.

3. Summer Preparation
For this call, the main things to do are:
1) Think through some recommendations for summer experiences/activities to increase the chances of a successful application. 
2) Dig out some of your favourite books, podcasts and documentaries so that they can use the summer to immerse themselves in their subject. 
3) If you want, if your mentee has more time now that the term has ended, you can also suggest that your mentee write a practice essay or problem sheet that you can go over in your session.

4. Starting the Personal Statement
This is the first call on the personal statement, so in this module we assume that your mentee has not yet completed a first draft. If you want a more in-depth module on the personal statement, see the second personal statement module below.

The things to do before the call are:
1) Brainstorm some key points about personal statement writing.
2) Look through your notes on past modules to tailor your advice to your mentee's interests, passions and strengths. For example, if your mentee was talking passionately about something they liked about the subject they wanted to apply for in the introductory module, there might be something here that you can suggest for them to include in the personal statement. 

5. Reviewing the Personal Statement
For this call your mentee should have sent you a draft of their personal statement. The purpose of the call is to go over your overall thoughts and comments on their draft, as well as to map out some interview questions that could come up based on this personal statement (where relevant). The things to do before the call are:

1) Ensure that your mentee has written a first draft of their personal statement.
2) Spend some time noting down feedback on your mentee's personal statement. If you are unsure of how to do this, we have written a brief guide with our top tips, here
3) Think up some questions you might ask in an interview if you were an interviewer, based on your mentee's personal statement.
4) Brainstorm other things that your mentee should consider incorporating into their personal statement. This can be anything else that they have done that you think is impressive and that they could include in their personal statement as well.

6. UCAS Check-in
For this module you just need to familiarise yourself with the UCAS deadlines and refresh your memory of what needs to be filled in by having a browse through the website.

7. Test Preparation
This module is about any subject tests your mentee might have to take for their application. In this module we'll be looking over a practice test, so it's important that your mentee has done a practice test beforehand. Test material can be found on the relevant university website.
1) Make sure you and your mentee have agreed on a practice test for them to do.
2) Share any revision tips from when you were studying for the tests (eg. which resources did you use, how did you prepare for the tests).
3) Set a date for your mentee to send you their practice test which leaves you time for look at it.
4) Note down feedback on the practice test your mentee has done.

8. Interview Introduction
This module is to give your mentee an introduction to interviews.To do before the call:
1) Think back to your own interview experience and think about what you found was the most helpful way to prepare. Read through our top tips, here, if you want inspiration.
2) Read through your mentee's personal statement to see what topics they mention there and which you think they'll be asked about.
3) Note down up to five relevant interview questions for you and your mentee to go through as a brief mock interview.
4) If you want, send your applicant our list of top tips to prepare for the mock.

9. Mock Interview
This is a module for holding mock interivews with your mentee. You can use the same module for several interviews, if you plan to do more than one. Have a look at our top three tips here, and see if you want to send these to your mentee ahead of time. 

To do before the call:
1) Source or think of a set of interview questions for your mentee's subject that you think would make for a good mock interview. Some ways of doing this include thinking back to your own interviews, asking friends what they were asked, or using some tutorial questions.

10. Miscellaneous
We know that not all conversations will fit neatly into one of our categories, however it's still really important for us that we can keep track and know that a call has happened. We have therefore created this general agenda for you to use when you want to discuss other things. The only thing you need to do is make some notes during the call so we know what it's about.

As a general suggestion for doing mentorship calls, we suggest that you still do the following, to make as efficient use of your time as possible:
1) Set a topic.
2) Ask if your mentee for any specific questions that you should be prepared for.
3) Get talking!