You need to acquire a mentor for the successful passing of your RAP, and you need to understand the role of the Project Mentor in the preparation of the RAP. OBU has two roles that define the Project Mentor:
- The Project Mentor will give their support in the preparation of your RAP by giving guidance, advice, and feedback during your research.
- He/she will confirm to OBU that the Research Report is your original work and he/she is the Project Mentor.
You will need to give the details of your Project Mentor while submitting your RAP, where the Project Mentor will officially confirm his/her mentorship. It is not necessary for your Project Mentor to possess specialist knowledge on the topic of your project, as the Project Mentor does not play a part in the assessment of your RAP, but only provides guidance and certification to OBU. The Project Mentor must not write any part of the RAP, as it needs to be your original work.
There are three mandatory meetings with a Project Mentor. Through these the Project Mentor will guide you through the preparation of your RAP and give appropriate feedback; you will also have the chance to develop and hone your questioning listening and presentation skills. These necessary skills will be a topic in one of the SLS questions.
The Project Mentor will give encouragement to do the necessary preparation for successful RAP, will challenge you into demonstrating the completion of your prescribed objectives and give you support in meeting the submission date of the RAP to OBU. A good Project Mentor will require you to show your solutions to the issues that may have come during the research for your Rap, and also ask the correct question on your conclusions.
Attributes of a good Project Mentor
These are the characteristics that make up a good Project Mentor:
- Is welcoming and interested in helping the success of his students;
- Listens carefully and asks the appropriate questions;
- Is trustworthy and has respect for confidentiality;
- Plays the role of a sound board for the ideas and issues surrounding the research;
- Gives productive and encouraging feedback on the conducted research;
- Discusses communication skills and advice on its improvement;
- Supports and encourages his students;
- Gives assistance in meeting the research objectives;
- Assists and guides the student in asking the correct questions, guide them in systematic thinking, educating the student in applying the appropriate evaluation techniques and analysis of the results;
- Does not judge and take sides;
- Gives subtle guidance and advice, but leaves the student to bring its own decisions;
- Has proper knowledge and competence; and
- Has a good grasp of the required technicalities without interfering with the students’ work.