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Coaching: Best Practices

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Sharing your knowledge about the site and helping a new user learn the ropes is extremely rewarding. You're teaching someone organizational and analytical skills that they'll benefit from far beyond the site. Mentoring someone can be as simple as leaving a helpful and detailed suggestion on their annotation, or making an edit to show them how to improve. Refer to this guide if you want a better understanding of how you can help new users reach their full potential.

Where can I find someone to coach?

Use the mentoring spreadsheet - every week the spreadsheet is updated with users who have expressed interest in becoming an editor. If you've found a promising user and they're not on the spreadsheet, please add them! To learn more about the spreadsheet visit this thread.

Look for new users on hot new songs - New music is always drawing new annotators, so new releases are a great place to find someone to work with. If you run across someone with potential, interact with them! Accept, edit, upvote, pyong, or leave a suggestion on their work and send them a message!

Use the leaderboards - these are located at the bottom of the homepage. The most involved users will show up there, so when you see a new face it's good to get to know them and find out what they're doing on the site.

Users with English as a Second Language (ESL)

I found someone to coach. What now?

Look over their most recent annotations and try to identify strengths/weaknesses. Is their writing strong? Is their analysis on point? Are they incorporating links? It's important to make your feedback relevant and specific.

While giving feedback it's important to stick with one or two key points for improvement or you may overwhelm the user. Common areas for improvement:

There's a few different approaches you can take when providing feedback. While these methods have a proven track record, we encourage creativity.

When should I make them an editor?

Keeping in touch.

If you want to spread the love and take an active interest in the mentoring community head over to the @Genius-editorial-board and participate in the newest pinned Coaching Corner thread. Send a message to EwokABdevito with any questions or ideas!

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About “Coaching: Best Practices”

Coaching new users is a vital part of the community. This page hopes to serve as an additional resource for Moderators and Editors coaching new users.

Visit the Genius-editorial-board and chime in on the weekly Coaching Corner thread series and get involved in the Mentoring Mania!

All you’ve got to do is reach out to a user on this sheet.

A few important meta points to keep in mind:

  • SIB — shorter is better. Sending a shorter message increases the chance it will be read.

  • Be critical. Being a Genius Editor is super cool but it comes with certain expectations! We really want the best.

  • There’s no rush. Humans learn from observation more than anything, often people never need specific instruction – moreso direction and nurturing.