Mentors are people from the community who volunteer to work with a student. Mentors provide guidance such as pointers to useful documentation, code reviews, etc. In addition to providing students with feedback and pointers, a mentor acts as an ambassador to help student contributors integrate into their project’s community.
Becoming a mentor can be a fun and rewarding experience. It is also a great way to help grow the community around your particular Clojure project. You can get started now by posting suggestions for student projects on the project ideas page. Additionally, you can now request an invitation to be a mentor on #gsoc in the Clojurians slack.
To be a successful mentor, you will need to:
- Keep in touch with your student
- Take the time to review your student’s work
- Report on your student’s progress at the mid-term and the final. You should be able to fail your student if he or she is not performing.
A mentor does not need to micromanage a student.