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Personal Tutor

Your personal tutor, who is a member of academic staff, is responsible for guiding and supporting your studies. If you want advice, you should approach your personal tutor.

Your tutor can also give pastoral guidance and support. In the case of serious personal worries tutors are encouraged to direct you to Student Wellbeing Support Services.

Your tutor sees you at weekly tutorials in terms 1 and 2 of years 1 and 2 and in the first half of term 3 in year 1. These tutorials should

  1. Help you with general questions about your studies, including your choice of options, approach to examinations and possible course changes.
  2. Help you with the core modules. They also mark your attempts at the questions on the worksheets associated with PX129 & PX276 (Maths/Physics students) and PX146 & PX275 (Physics and Physics with Astro students).
  3. Support your studies generally. Where appropriate this may involve
    • Working through conceptual problems associated with the modules
    • Looking at the wider relevance of particular material in the modules and explaining where it fits in with other parts of the degree course
    • Giving you practice at oral communication
    • Asking you to work through past examination questions and helping you to revise and to prepare for examinations

After year 2, your personal tutor should arrange to see you at the start of term 1 and at the end of each term (usually in the final week) to discuss your progress. However, you should feel free to approach your tutor at any time if you have a particular question you want to discuss.

In the third and fourth years students should be learning independently from lectures. Small group academic support switches to the non-lectured modules: PX376 Communicating Science, PX319/PX402 Physics Project, PX428/PX442 Physics Laboratory, PX424 Group Project.

Your personal tutor and project supervisor are the people you should ask to provide references/testimonials to potential employers. (Many employers require more than one reference.)