First Meeting Checklist

To help you get your mentoring relationship off to a good start, consider these first steps.

Determine Meeting Specifics

  • Decide on an approximate meeting frequency (e.g. 2 times/semester).
  • Decide on a typical meeting length (e.g. 1 hour).
  • Decide on a meeting location.

First Meeting Essentials

  • Review the Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Discuss the various student services available and how the mentoring relationship complements them.
  • Discuss the purpose of mentoring and what each of you expects from the mentoring relationship.
  • Don't be afraid to ask your mentee questions about why they want a mentor and what they hope to learn through the Program.
  • Review the resources.
  • Sign the Mentoring Guidelines and undergrad.mentoring [at] (email us) a copy.

Conversation Starters

It will be easier to initiate conversation if you have a starting point. Consider these conversation starters:

  • The first-year experience so far and adjusting to McGill
  • Common interests and hobbies
  • Shared academic interests
  • Academic fields of interest beyond one’s central focus
  • Career exploration and goals
  • Personal skill development and related goals
  • A typical day at school/work
  • Personal accomplishments
  • School-work-life balance
  • Montreal life
  • Travel