If you’re a student you’ll know all about personal tutors. If you’re not familiar with them, they are a tutor from your university assigned to you from your first year, there to support you with a whole range of things from personal matters to academic help.
I have been lucky enough to have a fantastic personal tutor, Matthew Allen. He’s one of the most friendly and enthusiastic people I know, always willing to make time for people and go the extra mile. He has been a great help to me, particularly in first year when I was having some difficulties – it was so reassuring to speak to someone from the university who genuinely cared about what was best for me.
The point of this blog post is to highlight how useful personal tutors can be and to advise you to make the most of yours. It’s a good idea to connect with them from the start and build a positive relationship. I know not all personal tutors will be as generous with their time as mine but I’m certain that the majority will be happy and willing to talk, answer emails, and support you in any way they can. Even if they can’t help you directly, they will be able to signpost you to somewhere else. It’s also worth remembering that your personal tutor can provide a reference for jobs or post-graduate study so it will be beneficial if they know a bit about you and your aspirations.
Never hesitate to get in touch with your tutor, no matter how small something might seem. You could be surprised at how much they can help you.
Until next time,