Hi everyone,

So far we've had some good feedback on these two threads [HERE] and [HERE] about receiving vague, unrealistic or inappropriate requests from mentees. I thought it would be good if we could provide some more guidance to mentees about this. Perhaps we shoudl suggest a list of Do's and Don'ts?

Perhaps we can also provide the mentees with more information when they sign up. The welcome message for new mentees is below. Let me know if you have any suggestions on this:

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Welcome {{ name }},

Thank you for registering on the AuthorAID network as a mentee.

How do I find a mentor?
First, make sure your profile is full complete – select the relevant subject areas and the help you need from your mentor, and with any relevant research keywords.  A list of suggested mentors will automatically appear on your dashboard which matches with your subjects and skills:
http://www.authoraid.info/en/mentoring/dashboard/

Searching for mentors
You can either search for mentors by using the ‘Find Researchers’ page or wait to be contacted by potential mentor who wants to help you. Initial contact is made via AuthorAID's messaging system, which sends emails directly to AuthorAID members' own email accounts.

The ‘Find Researchers’ page allows you to search for researchers by keyword or name. You can also filter by subject category, level of mentoring, type of skills needed, and country.
http://authoraid.info/en/mentoring/search/   
 
Need help? We would be very happy to search our database and suggest potential mentors for you – please let us know if we can be of assistance.
 
Sending requests to mentors
All mentors listed on the AuthorAID website have gone through a quality selection process to make sure they have appropriate skills and experience.  Read their profile to check that they have the relevant experience and skills that you need. You can be assured that AuthorAID mentors are trustworthy and will do their best to help you. We expect mentors and mentees to maintain confidentiality where necessary.

When you first approach a mentor they may respond with some additional questions for you – please don’t worry - often mentors may want to understand more about your project so that they can assist you better,  or direct you to other resources.

If you decide not to continue with the task for any reason, please politely inform the mentor that you no longer require their assistance.

Once you are in contact
Once you have made contact with a potential mentor, you can swap files and start discussions (for example, via the AuthorAID messaging system or more informally via instant messaging, email, telephone calls, or Skype calls). If both members agree to start a mentoring relationship, we would encourage you to set up a formal learning agreement.

We hope that you are able to find the help and assistance you need, but if you have any problems, or have further questions about AuthorAID and the network, please let us know.

You can contact us via email (authoraid@inasp.info), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAID/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/authoraid)

Best wishes
The AuthorAID Team