For the past few weeks, we’ve been giving you tips on how to help your student finish the school year strong. Here is a quick recap of the first three tips…

  • Tip #1: Be present and pay attention
  • Tip #2: Empathize…don’t criticize
  • Tip #3: Help them see the difference between what they can control and what they can’t control.
  • Tip #4: Cheer them on!

Last week, we introduced the idea that the end of the school year is a lot like the finish line of a race. As the finish line gets closer in a race, runners are often tired and pushing hard to the end. And, one of the things that keeps them going in that last stretch is the cheering and encouragement of others. Chances are good that your student is a bit tired right now and they are trying to push hard to the end. As a mentor, you can be the one who is cheering them on and encouraging them to finish the year strong. The end of the year is a great opportunity for you to get creative with your encouragement! You could drop off their favorite Woods’ drink on a day when you know they have a big test. Or, you could write them a note of encouragement and give it to them the last time you meet together. Whatever you choose to do, cheer them on!

-Jason Matthews, BTO Mentor Coach