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Creating Connections


Building Relationships




Thinking and Doing


Exploration of Self




Academic Goal Setting and

Progress Monitoring

4 Components of Effective Mentoring

From study strategies and habits of success to college and career skills, mentorship plays an important role in a learner's experience. 

With Connects U!, mentor relationships are based on the four components of effective mentoring:

  • creating connections and building relationships,

  • exploration of self and reflection,

  • habit development,

  • academic goal setting and progress monitoring.

In our Mentoring Stories, listen to mentors and learners describe what mentoring means to them and how it has impacted their learning journey.

Mentoring vs. Advising

What is the difference between an advisor and a mentor? As a faculty mentor to McDaniel College’s Green Terror football team, Gretchen McKay connects with her learners on a different level. Her role includes meeting with students for a variety of reasons, all academic in nature. They talk about study skills and classes they are struggling with. In her blog, McKay describes what she feels is the difference between an advisor and a mentor. 



  • Directs according to the pre-determined purpose or goal

  • Does not consider personal circumstances, needs, interests, or passions

  • Not concerned about motivation


  • Guides and Coaches

  • Develops a relationship to understand the individual, know their hopes, fears, goals, dreams, interests, and passions.

  • Knows what motivates the individual.

  • Encourages self-direction, individuality, self-exploration, and reflection.


"Many can advise, but few can mentor."

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