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6.1 Personal Tutors

Every student has a member of staff assigned as their personal tutor. You will be able to see who your personal tutor is in Tabula by looking at the personal tutor tab in your Tabula profile.

Your tutor is there to help sort out any problems connected with your university career, and you must make a point of seeing them at least twice a term, (usually during the first couple of weeks and last couple of weeks) so that they know how you are getting on.

You must respond promptly if they ask to see you and it is important to keep your personal tutor informed of any academic or personal problems that are affecting your performance.

Students can continue to contact their personal tutor via email during a year abroad or an intercalated year.

If your personal tutor takes sick or study leave you will be assigned a temporary personal tutor while your original tutor is away from the department.

Some specific ways in which your personal tutor can help are:

  • Providing general academic advice on progress and development, including discussing possible option choices and disclosing exam marks and their implications.
  • Giving you help and advice about pastoral and non-academic matters insofar as they are able and advising you about where to find further help if you need it.
  • Writing a letter of reference when you apply for jobs or grants

Personal Tutors should:

  • Advertise two ‘office hours’ each week, starting on the half-hour, when students can consult them.
  • Communicate with their students regularly, including via email.

In addition your personal tutor has certain formal duties to represent you in disciplinary matters. For more information about what you can expect from your personal tutor please visit;

First Year Tutorials:

During the first term of the first year students meet with their personal tutors once a fortnight to discuss some mathematics exercises. A short exercise sheet will be made available beforehand with questions based on module ST116 Mathematical Techniques. You must complete the exercises to the best of your ability and submit them as instructed by the module leader. They will be sent to your tutor to give you feedback on your written work. This feedback and the discussions with your tutor will help you make the adjustment to university level mathematics — with the emphasis it places on rigorous arguments and abstract concepts. It is also important for you to get used to tackling exercises in your own time. This is essential for your success at university.