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Why Does My Child Need a Mentorship Programme?

Why Does My Child Need a Mentorship Programme?

In an era of social media, random distractions, mounting schoolwork and a plethora of activities on offer, children need some assistance to help them focus on achievable goals and use their time productively. Added to this, college admissions rates have been shrinking, making it harder for students to stand out. This is where a student mentorship programme can help. 

A mentor serves as a role model for your child and can aid them in their challenging transitions at home and in school. Students work closely with their mentors to forge supportive relationships which have an immediate and long term impact. Such close interactions can improve your child’s interpersonal skills, enhance their academic motivation, increase their self-esteem and develop leadership qualities; all key character traits will help them in the future.

An effective mentorship programme for students can comprise: 

Academic counselling
The mentor can provide your child with personalised insights and clarity in board and subject selection. By working together with your child, a mentor can help them meet their academic milestones and provide feedback at every step, thereby enabling them toward an upward academic trajectory.  

Extracurricular activities direction
A great way to develop your child’s leadership abilities is to engage in extracurricular activities. With the correct guidance, a mentor will be able to assist your child to narrow down on a few activities. This enables them to go in-depth into a few interests rather than participate in a wide range of activities.

Resume building
A mentor can expose your child to opportunities that will enhance their personal growth in areas such as internships, value-adding workshops, online courses and hobbies, among others. The goal of these activities is to develop a genuine and impressive persona which will be attractive to potential colleges and future employers.

Summer school assistance
Summer activities are a great way to learn as they allow your child to step out of their comfort zone. A mentor can suggest summer schools in India and abroad, where your child can explore their academic interests, experience different cultures and languages, build communication skills and even become more independent. 

Standardised test guidance
Based on your child’s timetable, a mentor can help devise a timeline for tests. Mentors can also share helpful insights about test prep strategies and how best to achieve and improve scores.

Admission prep
Based on your child’s needs and interests, a mentor can suggest colleges that will be the right fit for them. Mentors have knowledge about individual campuses and the strengths of their programmes, which they can share with your child. A mentor can also prepare your child to interact with admissions representatives who visit India.

At The Red Pen, we understand the importance of mentorship and have devised a comprehensive student mentorship programme that provides your child with all of the above and more. We work on building a strong mentor-student relationship to provide persistent support and guide your child on how to spend their time well, know themselves and stay on the right track. We aim to help students find their secret recipe to a fulfilling career. 

Our mentorship programme starts with an in-depth profile analysis by trained consultants to understand your child’s individual profile which enables them to assess their experiences, achievements and skills. After this, we create a roadmap based around your child’s academic calendar, with regular meetings to explore their interests and ability. Apart from this, we help your child look for extracurricular activities outside of school and encourage them to explore a variety of interests such as music, art, coding and community service among many others before they find a connection to one or two. We also provide information about workshops and summer programmes and work towards finding those that will help improve your child’s skills and confidence.

When it comes to college applications, our consultants help develop a list of institutions that are the best-fit for your child. We personally have access to admission officers from different colleges, which is very helpful in gaining specific knowledge about what the college is looking for in their applicants. Our consultants can also connect your child to the best test prep tutors worldwide who will work with them to achieve their potential. 

Another essential component of the mentorship programme is to get your child ready to write a compelling college essay that will set them apart from their peers. Admission committees only have a few minutes to read through each essay, so standing out is imperative. The essay is an opportunity for your child to showcase their talents and to tell their story.

With the correct guidance, a mentor can help your child discover their true potential and help them make the most of their time. At The Red Pen, we will work with your child throughout the year, monitoring their progress and providing them with persistent support. For more information about our mentorship programme, get in touch with us.   

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?