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Learning Enhancement and Development

Top Tips for Personal Tutoring

Having a clear and unified approach

Ensuring that all within your School know the policy and provide the same information for
students about what personal tutoring provides and where else help might be available

Being proactive in personal tutoring

Students often need us to initiate the contact at first and if we have not heard from a student
for a while to follow them up

Using group tutorials

Using group tutorials for some aspects of the process can help all realise they have the same
issues as well as saving time. In addition it can help promote study groups and peer support and

Use personal tutoring to explore development

Remember that part of a being a personal tutor is about discussing your students overall
personal development especially as they move towards the end of their programme and are
considering what they might do next

Ensure other services and support are advertised

Other services around the University are not always obvious to students or how they can help so
It is useful for you to know what is available and how they can help. In addition these services
Can often help us as tutors

Targeting students who need additional support

If you have students who you know are having difficulties such as failing or not attending they
often do not come for help but you could e-mail them or phone to see if they wish to meet up

Use peer support for tutors

It can help to use a more experienced personal tutor to discuss issues with and to
learn from. This helps you develop but also enables issues to be shared


It is nice to be recognised for supporting students by your colleagues as well as the students. if you know someone who does this well chose them as your mentor and tell them why. Learn from those who do it well.

(Laycock M 2009 Personal tutoring in Higher Education – Where Now and
Where  Next? A literature review and recommendations SEDA Special 25)