Getting Started

If you’re new to Personal Academic Tutoring, you might be wondering what resources are available to help you. Below you will find six tips for getting started as a Personal Academic Tutor:

1. Download the policies on Personal Academic Tutoring

The university has an institutional policy on Personal Academic Tutoring, which explains what’s expected of both tutor and tutee. This includes expectations regarding the number of meetings per year, and the aims of Personal Academic Tutoring at the University of Brighton. Further detail is added to this in the School-specific policies on Personal Academic Tutoring, which offer more comprehensive guidance on running the tutorials, including the format of the sessions. You can download both the institutional and the School policies here.

2. Download some resources for Personal Academic Tutoring

The university provides resources for staff acting as Personal Academic Tutors, including: a signposting guide for the main services at the university; discussion prompts for your tutorials; a guide to Personal Academic Tutoring for BME Student Success; advice on setting boundaries; advice on conducting one on one conversations; advice on supporting ‘at risk’ and ‘vulnerable’ students; advice on re-engaging disengaged students; and a tutorial record form. You can download all of these resources here.

3. Familiarise yourself with the university’s study skills resources

The university has a wealth of resources to support students to develop their study skills. You can find information about all of these services here.

4. Familiarise yourself with the university’s resources to support students’ physical and mental health

The university has a number of services to support students with their physical and mental health, including: medical centres and advice on registering with a doctor; a disability and dyslexia team; health and wellbeing support; and support for students facing difficult issues. Further information about all of these services is available here.

5. Take a look at the resources to use with students
The university has a number of resources available for you to use with students, including: resources to help them with understanding academic etiquette; time management; goals and action planning; using feedback; academic writing; and presentations and group work. You can find these resources here.

6. Remember to store notes from your tutorials in an appropriately secure area of Sharepoint
This will allow other permitted staff to access them, facilitates continuity of support if you change role or responsibility, and enables access in case of an emergency.

Dr Ioannis Pantelidis explains how often he sees his tutees

Students share the kinds of things they discuss with their Tutor

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