When meeting with academic mentees for the first time, it may be useful to work from a set of questions. This will give students a chance to voice what they want from their academic studies and give you a chance to know your students better. If these answers are recorded on a document, then these answers can be revisited during the students’ time at LSE, be it later in the same academic year or in subsequent years.
We have provided students with a list of questions that they could answer and send to you ahead of meetings and you may wish to encourage them to do so. A chance to think, or explain key information, by email beforehand can be particularly valuable for some students. If you wish to encourage your students to do this, you could send them this set of questions, or a selection of your own. You could also, if you wished, send students your own answers to some of the questions to help build rapport early on in the relationship.
*Please note: You are under no obligation to answer these questions, especially those revolving around disclosing disabilities, long term illness, or responsibilities outside of LSE.
For specific ideas on questions to ask and/or discussions to have with your personal tutors, consider visiting our pages on supporting 1st year undergraduate, 2nd year undergraduate, final year undergraduate, or postgraduate taught students. For ideas on questions to ask and / or discussions to have for specific areas of the student experience, visit our pages on supporting students’ studies, life, and future.
During academic mentoring meetings, especially one-to-one meetings, students may disclose concerns about their mental health or incidents of harassment and / or bullying. This happens because they know you and trust you as a point of contact. Should this happen, please visit our pages on what to do, or, bearing in mind confidentiality, contact relevant colleagues such as the Student Wellbeing Service, for further advice.