Even though these mentoring sessions have come to an end, i feel sad because i had started enjoying them. With this experience i gain more confidence than i had before, public speaking skills and responsibility. It has truly been an exciting experience. Although at first i was afraid because i didn’t know what to expect or say and i had never done anything like this before, it became much more easier every time i did it.
What even made this experience much more easier was that there was an experience member of staff who was always there to lead each sessions but she would brief us every day before the sessions start, me and Dan already knew what to expect and what to say. In the first session we had to introduce our selves and talk about our experiences, this made us open up to the groups and the group also reacted well to what we were telling them because it was in there best interests, i guess we wanted to make a difference as mentors.. Me and Dan always worked hard to make sure every one feels at easy while in the session with us, which made some of them confide in us.
What i noticed was that me and Dan are very good team players, which was one of the things we first told them. We told them that in order to get good grades on this module they had to be great team players and help each other out.. i guess the best thing to do was to lead by example. So me and Dan would help the fill out some roles each time some one in there group did’t turn up. A number of times we had to be presenters and floor managers but this made the whole experience even more fun.
It is always good to do something you are sure of. In these sessions me and Dan divided the roles because each of us was comfortable in doing something they are sure of. So Dan was mostly in the studio and i was in the gallery because when i was doing the same module i was always in the gallery so i new my way around each and every equipment in there. Although it was a good idea to have a practice session to remind ourselves before we met with the groups.
‘A Mentor benefits by acquiring improved ways of working with people and satisfying the desire to help others’ (Alred, G. Garvey, B. Smith, R. 1998). I would agree with that quote, I have become more confident when speaking in public and i have developed relationships with other mentors and mentees however, i would like to do this again because it was a great way to meet new people and feel responsible, like a role model.
This is a 1 minute video of me and Dan in a series of mentoring sessions in action. we had fun, to be honest i didn’t want to end. I had become more confident.
I didn’t realise but time has gone fast. For this session there was a group activit, every group was being timed to see which one could be the fastest to set up all the equipment between the gallery and Studio the quickest. Out of the three group 4 was the quickest.
When every one came into the studio for the session, they were timed and and they got around 95%after this there was a health and safety exercise where me and Dan had to were hi-vis and hats to carry out the demonstration regarding using a ladder.. This was fun for us an the mentees trying out the out fits and climbing on top of the ladder. After showing them the whole procedure then we had to go through how to wrap up the cables of the floor correctly to avoid tripping on them.
Group 5 took longer time to set up than the previous group they got around 97% of the set up complete. Becks was going through pointing the mistakes they had made,she forgot one thing, the studio lighting wasn’t turned on, Dan reminded her before she switched the topic.
this group was the fastest to set up everything, i mean they broke the record as they did it in half the time every one else took to switch on every thing, but they got one thing wrong which was the com that connects the floor manager and the gallery and thay also forgot to switch on the studio lights but they got every other thing right in only 5 minutes and 23 seconds this was amaising. Again Me and Dan went through how to wrap up cables, and then we went on to laying them down on the floor. During the first two groups we had three people at a time laying the cables.
For this session the mentees had to set up the equipment without help from either Beck or us the mentors and then go through all the roles. During this session the groups had an opportunity to change roles so as to get experience of being or working for a TV studio.
For the first two groups, Becks planned a team building exercise that involved breaking the mentees into pairs so that we could share a story that started off bad but then ended in a good way through their actions. This was to highlight the fact that they can turn a bad situation into a good one. For this exercise Becks handed the reins over to Dan and I to take the lead, we performed the exercise for the first two groups but then due to time constraints we didn’t do it for the final group of the day.
Today group 6 did well in terms of setting up the equipment, they got around 95% of it turned on, I felt as though there nothing me and Dan could do because we were instructed not to help at all. This session was abit relaxed because we were just watch the group practice what we taught them. ofcourse we were there to help in case they were stranded. Although there was two people who weren’t present during the first group but everything went smooth.
Group 5 and 4
For these two groups the time went fast as they came in and they were a bit more confident than last time because they sort of new what to do. Dan took the lead in these two groups as i was in the studio helping out in the roles of those that didn’t attend. Overall i believe me and Dan have become more and more confident each day because we have now established a relationship between us the mentors and the mentees.
On this day i was nervous only because i didn’t know what to expect, when i arrived at the session everyone was ready and i found Becks there which helped me come down the nerves because she said she was taking the lead. The practice session we had in the TV studio to remind our selves on how to use a few equipment was helpful because i now knew what i was talking about.
During the introduction Becks gave Dan and I a moment to talk about our experiences in the TV studio and because me and Dan had not planned anything to say, we were caught off guard, we didn’t know what to say during the first group. But once you start you can not stop everything just flows. The most important message we gave in all three sessions was to have fun in the TV studio for it is an extremely fun module and highlighted the importance of teamwork because it is effective to work well as a team. The first time I had to talk to the mentees was quite difficult, the second time came more naturally and the third time I knew exactly what to say and i was more confident i guess practice makes perfect.
We started with Group 6
Group 6 was the first group we mentored today, Dan and I decided that one person would mentor in the gallery and the other in the studio and then we would switch between the groups, for group 6 I was mentoring in the gallerie nd because i had practised before mentoring i knew how to use each and every equipment in the gallerie. I was more familliar with Vision mixing because that’s what i was doing last year so i found it easy to teach others how to autocue and switch between cameras.
This group had a little difficulty in terms of the VT’s, the director would not give a countdown to the end of the VT but i dont blame him because the script they were using was a rough copy so it wasnt very important. the important thing was for them to learn and choose their roles because this was just a practice session.
For this group, they had most of their team members available even though some were missing. This was quite easier than the first group because we had experience now. Dan and i, now knew exactly what to expect and what to say. Group five had almost every one is their group but they lacked presenters so there was no option left apart from me helping them.
For this group they were short of people, so me and Dan had to be presenters. This was the easiest thing we had done for the day, as a result the group sees us as less intimidating and more on the same level as them. Despite being presenters Dan and I did mentor the three people in the studio two camera operators and the floor manager we went through their roles and how to operate the equipment. over role this experience was fun and i feel more confident when ever i have a session with my mentees.
Who is a Mentor?
A mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviors.
The role of a mentor
An effective mentor understands that his or her role is to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of the mentee.
- Agood recordin developing people
- Genuine interest in seeing people advance and can relate to their problems
- Wide range of current skills
- Good understanding of the organisation
- Patience and interpersonal skills and ability to work in unstructured programme
- Time to give mentoring
- Can Command respect of client
- Has good network
- Keen to learn
- fact finding
- Staff development
- time management
As mentor a code of conduct helps you set bounderies in order to mantain a professional outlook because you don’t want your mentees to becomwe very friendly. A code of conduct is a set of rules that out line the responsabilities of a particular party or organisation.
Mentors code of conduct that is specific to the peer mentoring sessions
- I understand that it is expected of all the Peer Mentors and Mentees to be reliable and punctual for scheduled sessions, in order to make the mentoring relationship effective.
- If there is an issue that a Peer Mentor feels may put a Mentee or someone else in danger, they will have to inform the Mentoring Tutor.
- I understand that if I am unhappy with my experiences associated with the mentoring processes that I can speak to the Mentoring Tutor about it.
- Peer Mentors and Mentees must not act in any prejudicial or discriminatory manner towards members of staff, students, visitors or members of the public. They should counteract such behaviours or practices by challenging them and reporting them to the Mentoring Tutor.
- Peer Mentors must attend all relevant training sessions when required to do so.
- I must take responsible care of health and safety policies, University codes of practice and follow all University policies which have already been implemented.
2. what is the purpose of this code of conduct?
This code of conduct is to let mentor know when to set bounderies, things they can do and those they aren’t allowed to do. As a mentor you don’t want your mentees to get to used to you or make you one of their friends, even though the mentoring session is a two way thing whereby the mentees are learning but aslo the mentor is learn too.
3. What health and safety considerations have you considered for working in the TV studio?
The first health and safety consideration is to make sure all the cable hunging around are tapped on the floor to prevent the floor manager and presenters from tripping on them during a live recording session.
The second health and safety consideration is to make sure that every one who uses the ladder in the studio has to have ladder training as the university doesn’t cover any damages or if some one falls off the ladder. so its alway good to have some one with you to help hold the ladder as you climb on top to avoid accidents.