I can’t believe it’s already week five of In-depth! My mentor and I had four meetings so far and there’s still many more to come. In our most recent meeting, my mentor and I went over the step by step process of drawing drafts to guide me when building wooden models. Through this meeting, I was able to answer several questions mentioned in my self-directed learning contract. Questions included, “what equipments are needed to create a draft,” and “how do you create a blueprint?”
What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?
There were numerous factors that went well during my mentoring sessions but if I were to choose one, I’d say communication was exceptional. Maybe because we were both interested in the same topic, or we had several encounters through debate, the sessions weren’t as awkward as I had expected. Furthermore, my mentor is extremely passionate about woodworking which is why, whenever I asked questions, she was capable of answering all of them even if some were difficult to answer. As a result of effective communication between my mentor and I, we were able to successfully end another session.
What learning challenges emerged?
For the past several weeks, my schedule has been extremely packed due to tournament preparation sessions. As a result, I was barely able to hold a meeting with my mentor and when I did, I was terribly exhausted and all of the information seemed to coming into one ear and going out of the other.
a. What did you do to hold yourselves accountable for the learning?
I actually wasn’t able to focus the during the third session which was why we eventually had to schedule another meeting. In order to hold myself accountable for the learning we couldn’t get through during the third meeting, I made sure my mentor and I doubled the amount of work we needed to get through for the fourth meeting. This meeting occurred on Wednesday and ended successfully.
What logical challenges affected your communication?
My mentor is obviously much more skilled and experienced compared to me when it comes to woodworking. However, the way that my mentor wanted the sessions to flow versus how I wanted the sessions to flow were complete opposites. This lead to us talking about completely different ideas during the first few minutes of our first meeting. Thankfully, we overcame this by addressing the key points I want to go over throughout this project and the key factors my mentor thinks I should go over and combining both ideas together.
a. What factors affected your ability to interact effectively?
The main factors that contributed to my ability to interact effectively were active listening as well as preparing sections we were going to cover before the meeting. Even before our very first meeting, I prepared information and questions to inform my mentor that they needed to be addressed before the end of my project.