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Five new questions to ask your mentee

  • 10/7/2016 12:56:00 PM
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Sometimes it can be tough to generate a meaningful conversation with your mentee. Here are five unique questions that may help you get to know him or her better.

  1. What makes you happy?
    This question allows for an open-ended response about things the student favors or might not have the opportunity to do often—from playing basketball to dancing to enjoying specific movies or songs.
  2. What/Why/How/When?
    Questions that begin with these words avoid “yes/no” answers and can provide more content to continue the conversation.
  3. Who has been your favorite teacher and why?
    Whether the student likes a teacher who is nice, funny, helpful or any number of adjectives, you can learn how to be more helpful to your mentee.
  4. Who is your best friend? When did you know this person would be your best friend?
    Similar to question 3, this can offer insight into what your mentee values in the people he or she loves and trusts and may help you better support your mentee.
  5. Could you teach me how to do that?
    This question empowers the mentee to feel like a collaborator in the mentor/mentee relationship. The mentee has unique knowledge and intelligence the mentor does not. This shows that you are not only interested in getting to know the student better, you also benefit from the knowledge and insight provided by the student.