The Mentor system has been developed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology over the last 2 years, and was inspired by the “Coach” system used at Tulsa Weather Forecast Office. Mentor is a web-based system which allows forecasters to record in real-time their assessments of likely “problems of the day”, forecast difficulty and the value of objective guidance. Follow-up records, usually made within 24 hours, allow forecasters to record the accuracy of their earlier assessments. These initial and follow-up entries accumulate in the Mentor database, and can be quickly analysed and searched by forecasters to assist in subsequent forecasting decisions. Automatic synoptic type classification is an important element of the system. It is expected that Mentor will also be useful in training new forecasters, and in estimating the relative values of objective guidance systems in different synoptic situations.