Mentoring at Minerva's Virtual Academy

At MVA, we adopt a pioneering, highly-personalised approach to education by pairing each student with their very own personal mentor.

This unique partnership enables all our students to have the support they need to achieve their academic and personal goals.

What is the difference between a teacher and a mentor at MVA?

Teachers at MVA are subject-matter experts responsible for delivering the curriculum. They facilitate Live Lessons, create interactive learning activities, and provide detailed feedback on assignments to ensure students' academic progress. They engage with students in a group setting, leading the class, answering questions, and sparking dynamic discussions to deepen understanding and make learning engaging.

Mentors, on the other hand, provide one-on-one guidance and support tailored to each student's unique needs. They help students with goal-setting, time management, and study strategies, and they also provide pastoral care, focusing on the student's wellbeing and personal development. Their role is less about subject-specific instruction and more about helping students navigate their overall academic journey and personal growth.

What is Mentoring at MVA?

Mentors at MVA are responsible for overseeing all aspects of a student's academic progress, pastoral well-being, and involvement in school life. They provide invaluable support for self-study and oversee students' academic and personal growth.

How does Mentoring work?

Students meet with their mentors on Google Meet for half an hour each week, during which time mentors can assist with everything from timetable organisation to making sure their self-study work is being completed. Mentors also ensure the overall wellbeing of their students and produce weekly reports for parents to keep them informed.

Who will my child be paired with?

We carefully match each student with a mentor based on their needs, interests, and academic goals. Many of our mentors are also experienced teachers who can offer additional support and guidance in specific subjects or extracurricular activities that our students have interests in.

Do mentors help with life outside school?

Of course, your mentor can be as involved with your non-school life as you like - and can even assist in arranging work experience or summer jobs.

Are parents involved?

While mentoring sessions between student and mentor usually occur privately, parents receive regular updates and reports on their child's academic progress and well-being. Additionally, our mentors are always available to discuss any concerns or questions parents may have.

Why is Mentoring at MVA unique?

Mentoring embodies our personalised approach to learning, and our commitment to bringing the best out of every child. It's unique in the world of online education, and is just one of the many ways that we are reimagining what it means to learn and thrive in the 21st century.

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