Thank you for your interest in being mentored by a Patrick Henry College student or graduate. We have many talented writers, and expect that you will find their guidance helpful. Below, you will find answers to the questions most frequently asked about our program. If you have a question not answered here, please contact the Mentorship Coordinator, Julie, at MentorshipCoordinator@phc.edu.
Do PHC Mentors give writing assignments, or help with writing projects we assign?
Our mentors will either help you with “school” assignments, or give you writing assignments. Creative writing is also an option. Let your mentor know what you want.
What method, approach, or curriculum do PHC Mentors use?
In terms of method, the program is quite flexible. There is no “set in stone” curriculum that PHC mentors use, although you may certainly request to use a particular curriculum or method. These details should be worked out between you and your mentor; however, PHC mentors are not expected to purchase any academic materials on their own dime.
How much time does this involve?
You and your mentor can decide this. You can move more slowly or more quickly, according to your needs. An hour per week has been the norm.
This should be decided between you and your mentor. Due to their heavy work load as PHC students, many PHC mentors cannot exceed 4 hours per week. Mentors will normally be willing to work between one to four hours per week. Some mentors may need to have stricter time limits which they will discuss with you up front.
How will we communicate with our mentor?
Our mentors can help via email, conventional mail, phone, Skype, etc. Email is most common, supplemented from time to time with a phone conversation. You and your mentor can decide what form of communication works best for you both. Mentors are not expected to pay phone (or other communication) expenses.
What does this cost?
Our mentors charge (a very reasonable) twelve dollars an hour. Please let us know if this is a genuine financial hardship for any of you.
When is payment due and how is it paid?
A non-refundable deposit of $48 is due before the relationship can begin. Once this payment is received, you and your mentor can start working together. Once the mentor has completed four hours for your student, he or she will notify you. You must send another $48 to continue the relationship. This pattern will continue for as long as you choose to work with a PHC mentor.
How do I sign up?
Fill out the PHC Writing Mentorship Program Application. We will supply mentors on a first-come, first-served basis.
What if I have more questions?
Please direct them to Julie. She's happy to help! Contact her at: MentorshipCoordinator@phc.edu.