Mentors?

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  1. abraxas

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    Tutor, mentor. What's the difference?
     
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    IMO a Mentor is more of a personal/emotional experience.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You have to pay a tutor.

    Plus, I think "mentor" usually sounds wiser (or is that "more wise"...not sure if wiser is a word...) and more experienced.
     
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    I agree that a mentor tends to be more personal, almost someone you feel you could trust with anything, including your worst work. There is more respect involved.
     
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    A tutor implies that they are directly teaching you a subject whilst a mentor is someone whome you respect who is advising and guiding you through something.

    Very hazy lines to draw I agree for a tutor can also be a mentor and a mentor a tutor.

    If you like, I chose the name of mentor because it is a little less formal than a tutor. Plus a tutor implies a degree or some such other bit of paper proving a level of understanding whilst a mentor is often judged soley upon the end product - which in the end is a bigger part of the online mentor system set up here
     
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  6. abraxas

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    Do you have a dictionary?
     
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    currently its burried under about 5 layers of other books under a few boxes ;)
    and yes I am too lazy to search for the words ;)
    that is just the thought that comes to my mind upon hearing the words - right or wrong its how I view them (though its not a set in stone definition)
     
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    Tutor: a person employed to instruct another in some branch or branches of learning, esp. a private instructor.

    Mentor: a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.

    You hire a tutor to help you learn something. A mentor is more like an experienced co-worker who takes you under his/her wing.
     
  9. abraxas

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    Ok. What on earth is a 'mentee'?
     
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    I'd say one who is mentored.
     
  11. abraxas

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    A what on earth is mentored? Is that like a verb- some esoteric action word?
     
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    According to the Oxford English Dictionary:

    A mentor is defined as "a person who acts as guide and adviser to another person, esp. one who is younger and less experienced. Later, more generally: a person who offers support and guidance to another; an experienced and trusted counsellor or friend; a patron, a sponsor."

    The word can also be used as a verb.

    Oddly enough, the OED actually does maintain that "mentee" is a word, although it was invented in 1965 by an American, so I don't personally think that counts.
     

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