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Mentoring Manual

Including students in your work

There is always a balance to be struck between the time that it takes to get a student trained so that they can be productive, and the time that it would have taken to just do the work yourself. You need to decide how much you want or are able to commit to mentoring and development of students. You also need to think about how to divide your work so that a student can have an assignment to accomplish independently. One strategy is to identify a project component that is important, but not time sensitive. So if they do well and get the work accomplished, that is wonderful. But if they do not, then it is work that you were planning for later and a delay or misstep will not negatively impact your schedule. Alternatively, it may also be useful to give a student something you are struggling with, in order to get a fresh perspective on it.



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