Eminent individuals tend to attribute their success to expert mentoring. For example, 48 of the 92 American Nobel Laureates cited previous Nobel Laureates as their mentors. A distinguishing feature of a mentoring relationship as compared to a teacher–student relationship is the expectation that the relationship will extend beyond specific learning goals or courses. For example, expert mentors not only share content and skills with their mentees, but also provide tacit or insider knowledge about finding a professional niche, making connections, and enhancing both creative potential and self-confidence.

Mentor–Student Matching

Although talented students and their families may choose mentors based on a mentor's ability to set challenging standards and high expectations, they must also keep in mind that effective mentoring relationships can involve emotional bonds between students and ...

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