A student-teacher relationship, generally speaking, can be one of two things. Helpful and not so much are those two things. There are a couple of factors that can place the partnership in either category. Those factors include: the particular area that needs improvement, communication, and attitude. If none of these things are present, in a positive way, the odds are against the roleplayers from having a successful relationship. There are many things that could be a thorn in a prospective roleplayers’ side. Some wish to be better in combat scenes, while others wanted help with their grammar. The best way to help them along is to have a mentor who excels at in that exact area. It is no good to have a mentor than isn’t skilled in what the roleplayer was there for to begin with. However, it is possible to still receive valuable, practical advice. For example, what if a mentor notices something else, in the roleplaying, and offers useful pointers. Some help is better than no help. A mentor never intends to waste time, and no matter what they will try their best. A big part of whether or not ANY relationship will work is communication, teaching or otherwise. Both mentors and mentees should be clear and concise, in their conversations. You can get things across better that way. This helps things move along in the learning/teaching process and keep everything from getting confused. If there is any confusion, communicate more. The last thing you want to do is to become confused or frustrated because one of you is wording their sentences how Ray Charles plays soccer. Lack of communication can lead to more problems down the road. Arguably, the biggest factor in a situation is attitude. There are many ways attitude can make or break a mentoring relationship. If a mentor is constantly negative, as a result, their mentee might become discouraged. Mentees who give their mentor a hard time, by calling them names or downing their advice, only gives Mentors a reason to give up on them. Mentors are there to teach, and mentees are there to learn. If neither is happening, why be there in the first place?