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5 questions with... an award winning personal tutor

We spoke to one of last year's Personal Tutoring Excellence winners, Amira Elasra, about how to get the most out of your personal tutor appointments.

What kinds of support can personal tutors offer for students?

Amira ElsaraPersonal tutors can provide both academic and pastoral support. They are able to advise you on your academic progress and identify any challenges or limitations you might be facing and guide you accordingly. They can also provide you with guidance on career prospects and how to approach your career plans, as well as providing reference letters.

How can students get the most out of meetings with their personal tutor?

My advice would be to prepare for your meeting, setting time aside ahead of time to have a think and to prepare questions. Then you'll be able to discuss your academic progress and identify any support you need from your tutor or the department honestly and directly, perhaps being able to share examples. The same goes if you want to discuss your career prospects or plans, it's best to come prepared with some thoughts or questions.

What would your top piece of advice be for students in the second term?

I'd say keep up the hard work and make the best of your learning experience. It can be tempting now and again to procrastinate, but time flies!

What advice can you recommend for students when thinking about exams?

Make use of the available resources online for the modules you have and get in touch with lecturers and tutors in their advice and feedback hours to seek further support when you need to. Always take a mock trial of your exams so that you can get to grips with taking assessments online - your department will be able to share advice on this. Also keep your department aware of any mitigating circumstances you may have.

What’s the best thing about having a personal tutor?

The best thing is forming a good connection with an academic member of staff who is there to support you throughout your degree. Getting to know that person well will mean the guidance you get on how to achieve the degree course you're aiming for will be really personal and meaningful.

Five cheeky bonus questions

Dab hand or disaster in the kitchen?

I wouldn't say a disaster - I can get a meal on the table!

What’s currently on your reading list?

"21 lessons for the 21st century".

Where's your favourite spot on campus?

The Piazza.

How do you spend your spare time?

I have a range of hobbies but I enjoy painting in particular.

What's in your travel mug, coffee or tea?

I'm more of a water person....

Find out more about the Warwick Awards for Personal Tutoring Excellence and nominate your tutor!