Exercism.io needs Rust mentors


Exercism has re-launched with a new mentoring feature. This is designed to encourage new learners by ensuring all exercises gets some feedback.

For most languages, the mentors are keeping up with the demand for mentorship, but in the Rust track, we are running a bit behind.

If you feel like you want to help the community by supporting Rust learners, please have a look at http://mentoring.exercism.io/ and considering becoming an Exercism mentor.


Thanks for the tip @bkhl! What is the time commitment required for mentors? The documentation mentions an hour per week. Is that accurate?


Currently the mentor dashboard says that to keep up with demand, each mentor needs to handle on average 20 submissions per week. That would mean five minutes per exercise if you spend an hour, which I think should be plenty.

Some difficult exercises may require more time and a bit more back-and-forth, but then on the other hand there are some simple ones in the beginning that often just requires a “well done and good luck on the next one”.

Anyway, the system doesn’t require you pledge any particular amount of time. As long as you can commit to finish coaching someone through an exercise once you picked it up, it should not be too overwhelming.


Please note that filling out the mentors form invites you to a Slack space. That might or might not be okay for you.

That being said, I highly recommend everyone to do this, exercism is awesome!


sry do i see it right that i can’t anymore progress father until a mentor validates my solution???
my side right now looks like this screenshot


This is correct. That’s why we need more mentors! :slight_smile:

However, if you want something to do while you wait you can do some of the off-the-track exercises further down.


I copied your post to internals forum, hope you don’t mind, just figured that posting this only in users forum is going to drive more traffic to learners taking the Rust track rather than mentors for the track.


Looking through my cpp exercises, I can see that I did 25 exercises on 4 days. Are the exercises grouped such that you can do a set until you need a response from the mentor? If I were constantly blocked on the asynchronous response from a mentor, I would personally be quite discouraged from continuing.

Maybe I’m just not the target group for mentors.

Edit: I see now that many of those exercises are part of the off-track set.


Someone doing that many exercises per day is probably fine for doing the track independently rather than mentored. You can always select that option. There are also non core exercises that open up after each core exercise is complete.