Terry has a great youtube video describing and showing some of the ways to mount up a 36er. I highly recommend watching that, and mimicking it.
I myself didn’t do a running mount until I got a 36. I was mounting about 50% on day one while learning the mount. It’s a scary one to learn, but once you get it, the running mount is extremely useful to mount uphill, and takes very little effort compared to a static mount. It’s my go-to, so I mentioned that one first. As a bonus, it can get you out there in front of the traffic quickly, and you can be running across a street and mount while moving at any time, which is more convenient than you may think at first.
If you’re static mounting a 36, my advise would be to focus your jump more upward than you are now (rather than forward), and intentionally jump higher than you think you need to. You still need a little forward momentum on the jump, but you really need the umpf to get up there and settle on the seat quickly. Get the wheel moving as fast as possible by putting pressure on the foot in front and that will help you maintain your balance. Do not hesitate, as soon as the front foot touches pedal, pick the back foot up, and push down with the front foot.
You may also try grabbing the wheel if you’re a shorter rider. Take one hand on the saddle and the other on the front of the tire, then lean forward and pull. I have short friends that use this mount very effectively. It’s sort of an assisted static mount for those who can’t really jump that high.
When I first started learning I practiced different mounts, then as you get better, you’ll sink into the one you like. Then do it that way every single time until you can nail it 98% of the time before moving onto other mounts. That was my method, may not work for everybody. Practicing on a slight uphill, getting the mount a few times, then turning the wheel around and practicing on a slight downhill should net you a large % increase in how many mounts you can achieve. I like parking decks for this, especially one with a good city scape. : )
More on the running mount. The most important thing is to hit the first pedal with your foot solid and in the right spot. If you miss the pedal, it is hard to not wind up with a scraped leg or fall. Having said that, assuming your right footed, put that pedal facing directly downward, or slightly in front of the wheel so that when you roll forward the right pedal comes towards you. Do a little jog step, and leap with your left foot planting your right foot on the way up. If you’ve given the wheel the proper amount of forward movement, you can use the right pedal just like a stair-step and really put pressure on it to bring you up on the wheel. If you’re mounting up-hill, obviously you would use more jump and less pressure on the right pedal, which allows the wheel to keep that momentum to help you get started up the hill.
Using a stick or pole may help in initially getting you up onto the wheel, but it’s good to start solidifying your mount as soon as you can. You may also want to pick a route where you know there will be frequent telephone poles, or other objects you can re-mount with if you get tired.
The static mount is a easy mount to learn, but a hard mount to perform.
The rolling mount is a hard mount to learn, but and easy mount to perform.