October 22, 2018

6 Benefits of Having a Personal Tutor at University

Studying for a degree is both exciting and daunting at the same time. On one side, it’s a new chapter in your life with the prospect of a fantastic qualification and the start of a great career at the end of it. On the other, it can be a bit of a shock getting used to degree-level study and navigating university life. A personal tutor is the person assigned to you when you first start who can help smooth any bumps in the road for you, either by offering advice on your degree work or pointing you in the direction of the right support.

They are there to metaphorically hold your hand if and when you need it. And far from being a resource you might dismiss, making use of your personal tutor and asking them for advice during your studies with GSM London can greatly enhance your degree experience.

1. A tutor can help you to make the most of your time at university

A personal tutor will be your main contact throughout your degree and is someone to lean on if you feel like you’re slipping behind or have concerns about your work. Their support can help you get the most out of university by offering advice on a wide variety of topics which can affect your overall university experience.

They can help with feedback you’ve received about your work, give you advice about study skills and options choices, provide information about your course and even act as a referee when you apply for graduate roles. 

2. Helps you make the transition to degree-level study

Whether you’ve gone straight from A-Levels to your degree or you’ve taken a break from education and are now getting back into it, degree-level study can be a shock to the system. A university tutor can ease the transition, helping you get to grips with teaching methods and understanding what is expected of you.

They can help identify your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to studying and signpost you to services which support your learning.

3. Adds a personal touch to your university experience

As one of the main points of contact during university, your personal tutor can help make the whole experience seem, well, more personal! You may find hundreds of students in an institution and it is easy to feel lost or like you’re simply a number. Your tutor can be a communication bridge between you and the university system.

4. Provide you with ongoing academic support

You can discuss with your tutor your different options choices during the course of your degree, any placements or work experience opportunities as well as review your assessment outcomes and look at your progress over the course of your degree. Your university tutor may also be one of your subject tutors and meeting with them regularly is an opportunity to gain one-to-one access to an expert in the field you are studying. 

5. Pastoral support if you need it 

There is a pastoral element to your personal tutor which goes beyond simple academic support. Tutors can recognise external activities which may be having an impact on your studies and either offer advice or point you in the direction of the best place to get advice. You may also need to confide in them about personal issues you may be facing that can have an effect on your wellbeing. The relationship is one of mutual trust and your personal tutor will always act in your best interests and in confidence.

6. They will support your personal development 

As well as your academic wellbeing your tutor will keep note of your wider personal development. Personal development programmes enable students to reflect on their learning, academic achievements and performance, and create a career development plan. They also support the notion of lifelong learning and your tutor will be able to guide you in making a plan which integrates your academic, professional and personal goals. 

We would like to hear from you if you have any questions about our personal tutors at GSM London. You can call us on 020 3797 4687 or find more here.

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