Posses & Mentors
What is a Posse?
Posses are student-led organized groups with a focused learning goal. Any given module there will be anywhere from 8-10 posses. Each posses will have 1-3 student leaders, a handful of mentors, a faculty advisor, and 8-10 student members. Posses are encouraged for students in Module 1, as a way to meet students from other cohorts. We encourage students in module 2 and 3 to begin experimenting with Posse leadership.
How To: Select a Posse
Mary will meet with your class on Tuesday during your first week to give an in-depth introduction to the posse and mentor system. After that, she’ll provide you some documents about the posses, their leaders, and a list of mentors at Turing. Once you’ve taken some time to think about which posse you’d like to join, you’ll be given a google form to fill out and will be sorted into the posse of your first or second choice. If at any time, the posse is not all that you dreamed it to be, you can contact Mary and she will help you find the right fit. More information about posses can be found here.
How To: Find & Schedule a Meeting With Your Mentor
How do I find a mentor or learn more about the mentors in my posse?
Mentors all come with a unique set of expertise and experience. Not sure what to ask your mentor? Need a mentor from outside of your posse? Want to get a better understanding of what our mentors work on? You will get a mentor assignment during the first week of classes. Check out the Mentor Information Spreadsheet to find out more about your mentor! We recommend attempting to connect with the mentors in your posse first before casting a wider net. They are waiting by the slack DMs for you!
What should I work on with my mentor?
Once you’ve located the right mentor – think about what you’d like to work on. Great things to work on with your mentor include but are not limited to: Project Planning, Homework Assignments, exercism, Project work, Interview Prep, Shooting the breeze about life after turing.
How do I schedule a meeting with my mentor?
Your mentors all volunteer their time to offer you unconditional support while you’re on the wild ride through Turing. Remember that their time is just as valuable as yours and schedule pairing at LEAST 24-48 hours in advance (we acknowledge that exceptions happen). Your mentors should have updated availability in the spreadsheet referenced above. Ideally, you’ll coordinate all of your pairing for the week on Mondays before class or after wrap up.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule?
If you need to cancel or reschedule try to do that in advance (at least 12 hours), so that your mentor is not waiting for the session that will never be. When canceling, present some other times that work for you to reschedule the session. We ask that mentors do the same.
What if I need to schedule last minute?
If you need to schedule an extreme last minute pairing session – first reach out via slack. Crickets in the posse? Let Mary know, she’ll nudge your mentors. If it’s very urgent – reach out in #questions. There are mentors there ready and waiting to help!
What if I need to extend my appointment?
If your session looks like it is running over time, before plowing ahead ask your mentor if it is okay to extend for another 5/10/30 etc mins. If you can’t extend the current pairing session, ask your mentor if you can schedule another block of time within the next few days.
How To: DTR With Your Mentor
Meeting with a mentor for the first time can seem daunting. There is a lot of ground to cover, you’re not sure what to talk about …. Should you code? We recommend having a 30 minute google hangout/coffee/beer the first time you meet your mentor. It’s important to get to know each other outside the context of screenhero for a natural relationship to form. Below, a sampling of questions that you can ask to determine if the person you’re meeting is the right mentor for you!
How do you communicate best? What is your preferred way to support me while I go through Turing?
- examples: Pairing (in-person / Screenhero), Slack Chats, Github Code Reviews, FaceTime/Hangouts
What do you need (resources, environment, communication) to feel prepared for our meetings?
- examples[communication]: 24-48 hour advanced notice, slack ping right before meeting
- examples[resources]: links to any applicable lessons/code beforehand, summary of the project at beginning, agenda for pairing session
- examples[environment]: not a coffeeshop, turing
What scheduling restraints do you have? What are your scheduling preferences
- example [preferences]: google cal, youcanbook.me, slack message, sunrise
What do you identify as being your biggest strength(s) technically as they relate to the curriculum at Turing? What are some of your technical interests that we may not focus on at Turing? What are you non-technical interests / areas of expertise?
- example [technical turing-related] - react.js, ember, creating style guides, UI design
- example [technical but turing-divergent] - Clojure, Elixir, Rust, iOS
- example [non-technical but turing-related] - Technical Interview Prep, Leadership Skills, Public Speaking/Lightning Talks, Resumes
- example [non-technical turing-divergent] - knitting, tattoos, yoga, skiing, craft-beer, parenting
- What’s gone well or poorly in your last mentorships?