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A project of the ObscureOrganization.

This is still very much at the "random thoughts" stage. Please contribute.

We have a bunch of people who are big geeks, people who not only have some sort of specialized knowledge or skill, but also actively enjoy talking about it. This is by no means limited to technical subjects. Art, writing, and languages are all fair game.

Why mentor?

How much structure should a mentoring program have? Very little - mentoring is very reactive. This is different from tutoring, where the tutor has clearly defined teaching goals. A mentor's role is more guiding and assistance. The student is expected to be a little more self-motivated than normal. This may vary with the student's level of experience. For someone who is completely new to a field, the mentor may have to come up with some sort of plan, just to get the ball rolling.

How do we get this ball rolling?