personal tutor toolkit

(from an email by Jessica Christie in 2019. Mark confirms that we should meet with all our first year students together once a week, not 3x year as follows).

 

Please find attached a Personal Tutor Toolkit that summarises the role of the Personal Tutor and provides some key information for signposting tutees.

 

Below is an example structure of the kind of topics you may discuss with your tutees. Meetings are expected to take place 3 times in the academic year for level 1 undergraduates and taught postgraduate students and at least twice a year for levels 2-4. These may be programmed in your electronic staff timetable but if not you could check with your DSE or your SES team sso@comp.leeds.ac.uk  as to which week personal tutorials take place in your school.

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

 

YEAR ONE
Meeting One (before week 2)

Welcome and introductions

Meeting Two (before week 10)

Settling in

Meeting Three (During Semester 2)

Studies & personal development

ü  A reminder of the purpose of the personal tutoring system – including how it supports students in the academic, personal and professional development sense; how the referral role of being a personal tutor can help students through personal difficulties and how the personal tutor is the student’s first point of contact within the School

ü  Discussion regarding module choices and confirming whether or not they are appropriate to the programme

ü  A reminder that personal tutoring is a partnership between the tutor and the student and that both parties must fulfil their responsibilities

ü  An introduction to the full range of student opportunities and student support at the University

ü  An exploration of achievements so far and their hopes for University and beyond

ü A reaffirmation that the personal tutor is the student’s first point of contact relating to general    academic experience and performance

ü How the student is settling into University life

ü A further highlight of the opportunities available at Leeds and discuss any of interest to the student

ü A review of the student’s potential careers and any plans for work placements, internships etc.

 

ü A review of the student’s semester one experience and progress

ü Discussion of marks from semester one assessment

ü Discussion on module choices and options for the next academic year

ü A reflection on the development of the student’s graduate skills and attributes

ü Encourage the student to use the Careers Centre

ü A reminder of the support and development opportunities at the University

YEARS TWO AND THREE
Meeting One (Semester One)

Planning for the year ahead & beyond

Meeting Two (Semester Two)

Thinking about your studies and transition to final year/graduation

ü A check of the student’s module choices

ü A review of academic progress to date, including a discussion of feedback and marks

ü Academic planning (including the balance of students’ extra-curricular work and other commitments)

ü A reflection of the development of graduate skills and attributes

ü A recommendation to use the Careers Centre

ü A reminder of the support and development opportunities at the University

ü    A review of academic progress to date

ü    A discussion regarding module choices

ü A reflection on the development of graduate skills and attributes – including a review of Leeds for Life skills development

ü    A recommendation to use the Careers Centre

 

 
POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

Normally three timetabled meetings per year

Meeting One (before week 2)

Welcome and Introductions

Meeting Two (before week 10)

Progress

Meeting Three (During Semester 2)

 

ü  A reminder of the purpose of the personal tutoring system – including how it supports students in the academic, personal and professional development sense; how the referral role of being a personal tutor can help students through personal difficulties and how the personal tutor is the student’s first point of contact within the School

ü  A check of the student’s module choices and registration status

ü  An exploration and discussion of what the student aims to achieve during their PGT studies

ü  An introduction to the full range of student opportunities and student support at the University

ü A discussion of the student’s progress (especially after Semester 1 results) including the feedback from completed modules

ü A discussion surrounding project progress

ü Encourage reflection on the development of skills and attributes, and signposting the Careers Centre as appropriate

ü A discussion of the student’s progress (especially after Semester 2 results) including the feedback from completed modules

ü A discussion surrounding project progress and plans for the remainder of the project

 

If you require a reminder of how to find out who your Personal Tutees are you could check this with your SES team at sso@comp.leeds.ac.uk They should also have highlighted to you if you have any tutees that are under 18, have a disability or require any other specific support.

 

You can also follow A link to further guidance for signposting students and further resources for Personal Tutors for further advice for directing students for further support.

 

We will also send you an invitation to our next training session when this has been arranged.