Coursera courses have had a great impact on my later years since retiring. I have met some incredibly lovely people and I am proud to say that they are friends.
Today’s Mentor spotlight is on Paul Butt. Paul has been mentoring for almost a year for The American South: Its Stories, Music, and Art, Music of the Beatles, and Music of the Rolling Stones, and he also serves as a Mentor Guide.
Share something about yourself
I mingle with people very easily and have strong interpersonal skills. I did my degree in Computing with Psychological Ideas, after studying ICT as a distance learner in the UK. I currently live in South Wales.
I have 2.5 years of experience with Coursera, first as a learner, then a Mentor/Mentor Guide (supporting and encouraging my peers by answering questions and praising great contributions.) I believe that a lot of opportunities can be achieved after studying with Coursera. My interests are listening to music (all genres), interacting with new people, and Amateur Radio, which I don’t practice much anymore because I’m not able to erect antennas where I live. I moved to my present location about ten years ago. It’s an adapted apartment because I’m a wheelchair user (so my Amateur Radio is carried out now with my mac computer instead.)
What was your first Coursera course? How did you find out about it, and why did you decide to take it?
The first Coursera course I took was Drugs and the Brain. When I first started taking Coursera courses, I took about five Psychology-based courses because I had just finished my studies in the UK. However, when History of Rock was first introduced to Coursera, I switched over to studying music courses and I took a break from psychology.
What’s your favorite Coursera course and why?
My favorite Coursera course is the one I mentor for – The Music of the Beatles – because I have been a fan of The Beatles since they started. When they first came out into the public eye, I was 12 years old and I’ve been listening to them ever since. (So you can work out how old I am. 😉 )
What impact have Coursera courses had on your life?
Coursera courses have had a great impact on my later years since retiring. I have met some incredibly lovely people and I am proud to say that they are friends. I’ve never met most of them in person, so if you want to be correct, they are virtual friends that I would be glad to meet in real life.
What do you enjoy most about Mentoring?
We may not know every little thing about everything but we all know something, and I believe we can all learn something new from each other.
I enjoy helping and encouraging learners, especially with the music I grew up with because I am fairly well versed in it. I also enjoy helping learners with The American South: Its Stories, Music, and Art. I find that we can mutually help each other; we may not know every little thing about everything, but we all know something. I believe we can all learn something new from each other.
What is your number one tip for new Mentors who are just starting out?
Set an example by posting thoughtful content in community spaces. Remember that we are all from different backgrounds and cultures, and many of us are multilingual. Some learners may not speak English very well. Be patient with everyone. Most of all, respect each other, even if you don’t agree with some learners in certain ways.