Mentors

A good mentor will be able to interest the child in the curriculum and motivate him to adopt the tasks and new school programs easily. His role is to transfer the love toward studying, to inspire curiosity and to help the child to achieve good results, while providing support during the challenges that the learning process itself might entail.

Popular name for the persons who help children of school age with homework and studying is a mentor, but it is also known as a tutor. Origin of this profession comes from the valued profession of governesses who were popular in the 19th century. Governesses commonly worked in families who strived for educating their children at home. One of the reasons for such a need was that, at the time, there were not many schools near the place of residence of the children, so the education at home was also very practical. The custom was that the child works with a governess in the beginning of schooling, and, after a child grows up, he/she transfers to a boarding school and moves away from home at the early teenage years.

Nowadays, schools are wide-spread, so there is no need for home-schooling, but there is a new need for providing children with support during schooling. Quantity of the homework is at times rather demanding, and if a child misses some lessons in school due to illness, then it becomes even harder to catch up.

Adopting the school curriculum is an important task for every child. Children need support while acquiring new challenges, especially while the work habits are being developed. Every child wishes to play after school, but it is important to teach them about the responsibilities he/she has. Some children get this easier, while other require additional support. A good mentor will know how to interest the child in the program and motivate him/her to adopt the tasks and new programs easier.

Mentors sometime have the task to monitor the child during out-of-curriculum activities such as music school, foreign language classes or sports. Then their role, in addition to the basic support, is more guided toward taking care that a child arrived at the right destination after school safely and that he/she is returned home safely after the activity, while important information from the out-of-curriculum activities are shared with the parents.

Good mentors are most often students or graduates with high grade average. These are the people who have qualitative learning habits and highly responsible approach toward obligations. Their role is to transfer love toward learning and the achievement of good results to the child, while providing support during the challenges that the learning might entail. They are supportive, have patience and commitment to the welfare and progress of the child. They are able to work creatively with children, whilst inspiring their imagination and logic.