Through Carl Rogers theory on empathy we were able to engage in various ways of understanding and sharing the feelings of others. I learnt that empathy is not just a technical but also emotional process, which involved placing yourself in the other persons shoes in order to feel what they were feeling. According to Carl Rogers (reference………)
We were shown a video of empathy and in addition scenarios of applying empathy whilst supporting our mentees. It seemed very clear that empathy took a vital place in the mentoring field.” Empathy early in the relationship predicts later success”. ( Barrell -Lennard, 1962; Tausch, 1973).
As the morning moved on, through self reflection of what I had learnt that day I was able to apply what I had experienced whilst mentoring my mentee. I was able to see why I had done it and why it works. It allowed me to see what changes and improvement I could bring forth.
I was able to understand the true meaning of empathy by my experiences with my Mentee and mistakes whilst in the classroom. Reflecting on what I had done enabled me to leap from just experiencing into understanding.
At the end of the day I make it a priority to self reflect on my peer mentoring learning and activities in the classroom and the sessions I have with the mentees. It helps me to see how well I preformed, my strengths and areas for improvement. I look at how I can improve and what can I improve on after each lesson/session and what to do now. The above gives me structure, allowing things to be done the right way.
Today was a brilliant day for my mentor and me. I was able to support her accademically and mentally. She was very thankful and gave me positive feedback. I feel there was nothing to improve on today and will continue with today’s performance for next week.