MENTU Mentor Responsibilities and Expectations
- Assist staff in recommending books for student’s reading list
- Familiarize yourself with the text assigned to your students
- Prepare questions and topics for guided discussions
- Lead hour-long discussions that engage students’ interest and critical thinking
- Catalog discussion materials with their respective books
- Complete and submit pre-reading/weekly/monthly reports in a timely manner
- Respond to Slack correspondence in a timely and professional manner.
www.mentu.io for further details.
Current Mentor Experience Feedback:
Meagan (UPenn undergrad, Harvard Grad):
Having worked with both giant and small tutoring companies, I found that Mentu has the best qualities of a large, organized tutoring company and also the accessibility and flexibility of a smaller company. The students and families are looking to improve in school, and also to build higher order thinking skills. This leads to exciting conversations about literature and writing. My middle and high school students have made new observations about books I’ve already read several times. It’s also easy to schedule student meetings around my full-time job. Since some of my students live on the other side of the world from me, I’m lucky enough to start many of my days talking about some of my favorite books, or books that are new to me. I’m able to show off my fantasy geek side, draw on my knowledge of history, and also read nonfiction books on topics my students love and that I wouldn’t normally explore. One of my favorite aspects of this job comes when we are able to discuss and compare histories and cultures of the US with those of the students’ (or their families’) home countries. Aside from seeing young people become more creative, expressive writers and more critical thinkers, I also see how reading and writing help them to become more mature, to see multiple perspectives, and to consider ethical or philosophical topics. It’s possible that some of my family and friends are tired of hearing me talk about smart and funny things my mentees did.
http://platform.mentu.io/books/ [for our current researched books] [Your future additions are welcomed]
1-1 Reading Mentor
Select books of your interest that match the student’s interest
Read weekly with the student and meet for two hours (in one sitting or two separate sitting)
Inspire the student with background knowledge, in depth discussion, and relationship of reading material to real life application
Invigorate the student to love reading
Teach the student to have the correct and most comfortable reading methods
Teach the student to critically think about the reading materials and be able to express verbally and in written form his/her arguments and ideas
Challenge the student to read materials slightly harder than what they are comfortable with right now
Weekly Check-point report: Assign student 3 discussion questions to write 5-6 sentences per each question
Book Report: students should finish a book a month; and after the book is finished the student, under your guidance, will complete a creative book report and record a 15 minutes video presentation about the book. You will then give extensive feedback regarding this book.
Work with managers regarding class schedules, new students pairings, and maintaining quality of your classes
Flexible working schedule that fits your university life
Get to read books that you have been excited about as well
You do not need to leave where you are comfortable in order to make an impact in this world
Your humanities knowledge/expertise is extremely valued
Bonuses when finishing a module (usually 3 months or 6 months)
If you are good enough, you will also be invited to do large lectures online