The Impact of Mentoring
Abstract or Description
Presentation given at the The Research Symposium Conference 2015, Georgia Southern University.
This paper is an overview of a research study observing graphic design students both in graduate and undergraduate level. A significant successful result has been observed by introducing an adaptive and flexible mentoring program based on each individual student’s need, while carefully listening to the challenges they face during their academic years. This careful study and systematic observation help decipher what did and did not work. The new mentoring method has increased graphic design students’ success rate; dramatically improving it from previous years. It is immensely important to understand and appreciate the diverse background and different levels of understanding for individual students. This nature of observations helps the mentor to prepare the curriculum and explain assignments from various angles, allowing for a more target-oriented approach. Adaptive mentoring is an excellent way to support diversity and construct a dialog that builds confidence while exposing students to other points of views. A good mentor needs to be committed to help students find success and gratification in their work. Any committed teachers understand that perseverance is as important factor in mentoring in classroom teaching. This kind of commitment needs to flow naturally from a deep-rooted belief that teachers are capable of making a significant and positive impact on the life of the students.
Georgia Southern University Research Symposium
"The Impact of Mentoring."
Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Faculty Presentations.