In order to gain the maximum benefit from your contact with your Personal Tutor, you should:
- Attend and participate actively in scheduled meetings with your Personal Tutor and in group meetings. Your Personal Tutor will be concerned if they do not see or hear from you – so do keep in touch.
- Engage fully with the meetings, so that you can get to know your Personal Tutor - this will mean they are well placed to provide you with a meaningful reference.
- Your Personal Tutor may set specific tasks for these meetings (asking you, for example, how you might develop your co-curricular activities). Do not hesitate to ask your Personal Tutor if you are not sure how best to prepare for a meeting, how much time to spend on preparation, or if you have anything else you wish to raise. Remember also that the main aim of the meetings is to be in touch.
- Keep a record of activities and reflections on your progress, performance, and the longer-term aspirations associated with these activities (e.g. through use of the ACHIEVE website and Feedback logs).
- Please do share with your Personal Tutor any circumstances which may be affecting your academic performance or your experience at the University. Your tutor will be able to arrange the provision of effective support. Students often wait, feel that they should just soldier on, that it is “just” a personal matter or that the Personal Tutor will not be able to help. There is, however, flexibility in the University from an academic point of view in appropriate cases and there is also significant specialist expertise within the University. Just getting in touch is the most first important step.
- Ensure your details are up-to-date on your Student Hub.
While we expect Personal Tutors and Tutees to put effort into building a constructive relationship, if you feel this relationship is not working, you should contact the Senior Personal Tutor in your School to discuss what might be done to resolve the situation. In cases where it is clear that there is a strong reason for changing a Personal Tutor, this can also be facilitated.