The process of mentoring involves advising, training, counseling and guiding a mentee. A good
mentor helps a mentee to achieve his or her goals in a better way.
In the past there were close- knit extended families and the children in the family used to acquire
skills informally from the elders. However, due to the recent shift in the family structure, from an
extended family to a nuclear one; the children in the family do not receive sufficient time,
attention and guidance from the seniors of the family.
Moreover, the changing life style, the highly competitive world, the advancement in science and
technology have given rise to immense stress. As a result, skills such as stress management, time
management, decision making, goal directed behaviour etc. need to be inculcated in the students.
Therefore a teacher needs to step into the shoes of a mentor.
Each student is unique in his/ her intellectual and emotional make up. His/ her capacity to
withstand stress during adverse situations is also unique. The chief objective of mentoring is to
help a student battle negative emotions and life situations effectively. A good mentor is able to
gauge the hidden potential of a mentee. He successfully inspires a mentee to convert his or her
dreams into reality. The mentoring sessions will yield results if a mentor focuses on the
individual problems of the mentee and develops a friendly relation with him/ her rather than a
1) To enable mentors to establish a healthy rapport with the students and their parents.
2) To make students realize their potential..
3) To build students’ self-confidence.
4) To understand students’ personality traits, interests and habits.
5) To make students socially competent.
6) To facilitate the development of students’ personality.