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13 Dec, 2011

Making the most of your mentor here at The Coaching Academy

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Making the most of your mentor here at The Coaching Academy

Great News! We’ve been listening to the feedback of our qualified coaches over the past few months and one of the comments made by a number of Coaches was:

“I didn’t make the most of the Mentoring support available to me”


In a bid to streamline the system and make it easier for you and us to manage your support requirements – from January 2012 we are adopting the strategy used regularly in other adult education institutions.

In the same way that learners book time with an assessor for their Practical Assessments – students can also book time with a Mentor/Supervisor to discuss any challenges they are facing.

So how will this work?

To ensure we are also catering for students with a variety of restrictions on their time we have designated specific slots throughout the week that students can take advantage of a TCA Mentor/Supervisor.

Sessions can be booked at 30min intervals on the days below simply by e-mailing and providing a range of days/times of day to suit.

Monday – 11.30-14.00
Tuesday – 17.00-18.30
Thursday – 08.00-10.30
Friday – 15.00-17.00

Of course…

Students still have unrestricted access to the support Team via the e-mail for any quick questions they may have and any non-coaching/qualification specific questions can be answered by the Head Office Team on 0208 4399 440.


In addition to the above, our Operations Director (and head of Mentoring/Supervision) Kris Robertson will be carrying out a Coaching Conversations Teleclass every other Friday at 12pm (midday) – available to all learners to log into, listen and ask any questions they have as part of a Q&A session.

And what can I use my Mentor/Supervisor for?

Essentially everything from ‘How do I Qualify’ questions to discussing any coaching sessions, coaching clients or challenges you are facing as a coach.

You have peace of mind in knowing that you can book a 15-30min confidential conversation with a coaching professional with whom you can discuss anything relevant to coaching.


Don’t forget that you also have access to The Coaching e-Community (e-Group on Yahoo!) and the TCA LinkedIn discussion forum, not to mention the Coaching Communities around the UK plus the fortnightly Virtual Seminars in which we interview experts in a variety of subjects of interest to coaches.

All of which serve to provide you with all the support you need to become the best coach you can be.

Wishing you all the very best.

Kris Robertson
Operations Director
The Coaching Academy

5 Responses to "Making the most of your mentor here at The Coaching Academy"

1 | Sara

December 14th, 2011 at 1:24 pm


This is really helpful. I’ve been thinking about this as I really haven’t made use of Kris as my mentor. I’ll be booking my session imminently :)

2 | Brett Wood

December 20th, 2011 at 1:47 pm


Good idea
i am a new student and to be honest there is alot of information resources to sift through and having the guaranteed time to talk to an experianced mentor will be good

thanks for the blog

3 | David Moore

December 29th, 2011 at 1:10 pm


I believe this change will really help new trainee coaches on their journey to qualification. I’m one of those recently qualified coaches who at the point of preparing my PDJ for submission could identify, too late of course, where I could have made better use of my coach-mentor! So what would I do differently if I were to do the programme again?….Essentially, what I would help any client to do:

1. Set a goal for qualification, with a date.
2. Break it down into steps. This is a perfect opportunity to involve your mentor from the start as they will help you to generate a meaningful plan for success.
3. Plan regular reviews and include conversations with your mentor as a part of it (If you included them in the planning, they will be able to help you with tracking progress and making adjustments).

So the bottom line is…engage and involve your mentor from the start!

4 | Victoria Hockley

January 5th, 2012 at 2:19 pm


I signed up last year and I am only now ‘officially’ starting the course. It is hard to motivate yourself at times, and so I am grateful for the forum and regular tips and advice that is sent to me via email.

I definitely feel that to date I have not taken advantage of my mentor even to help get me going, and one of my own goals will be to make this effort now that I am.

So thanks to all for your tips!

Bring on a successful 2012!

5 | Saira Bohan-Croft

January 12th, 2012 at 12:06 pm


I am so glad that there is a structure of this sort. I myself enrolled last Autumn but have been otherwise engaged. I am now starting the Course and would definitely use my mentor regularly. Saira Bohan-Croft

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