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Mentoring Manual

Preparing yourself for the placement

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At host institution

To get the most out of your placement, it's worth spending some time preparing in advance. This includes familiarizing yourself with the non-academic setting in which you'll work and taking care of any logistical issues so that you don't have distractions after the program begins. Try to identify in advance the individuals or departments that provide program and campus support.

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At your home institution

Develop a relationship with a mentor or mentors at your home institution to help you during your placement. These could be instructors in your discipline, those who wrote letters of recommendation on your behalf, or others who are genuinely interested in your academic and professional success. Ask for commitments from those mentors to be available to your during your placement, and consider scheduling meetings with them to talk about your progress and experience before the placement begins.

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