Everyone remembers his or her favorite teacher. It probably didn’t matter what subject they taught, but rather how that teacher inspired you to learn. You could say that favorite teacher was an education mentor and was an important part of your learning experience. Regardless of age or aptitude, any student can benefit from having an education mentor who can assist in learning difficult concepts, help brainstorm ideas for projects and essays, or even answer questions about higher education. Their role is deeper than just helping with a student’s homework. A well-rounded education mentor provides academic guidance, life advice, and motivates a student to perform to the best of their abilities.
An education mentor, however, is not limited to being a favorite teacher in the classroom. It could be a parent, older sibling, or a private tutor. Although because of the existing relationship, it is sometimes difficult for a parent or family member to motivate an unwilling student to learn. In such cases, a private tutor can successfully fill the role of education mentor. We have witnessed countless students respond positively to the right tutor and many once-frustrated parents relieved at their child’s newfound ambition. These students can relate to their tutors on a personal level and look up to them as a role model, allowing the tutor to truly change a student’s attitude towards their education. At times, this bond between a student and their education mentor can develop into a friendship that lasts many years throughout a child’s schooling.