Your personal tutor
BY University of Reading 14 March 2017
As a bare minimum, you must see your personal tutor at least once a term, at an agreed time.
What is their role?
- Meet you regularly to help you reflect on your progress and support your Personal Development Planning
- Help you in the transition as you settle in to university, and to make the most of your time at Reading
- Advise and support you regarding your studies, and help you with any academic or personal difficulties that may affect your progress
- Provide reports and references for future academic or career choices
Your personal tutor will write reports and references for future academic or career choices so do keep them up to date with all your skills and achievements. Obviously this relationship relies upon regular contact and mutual confidence between you and your Personal Tutor.
You should also take the initiative to see your personal tutor whenever you have something you would like to talk over, and you should feel free to do so at any time. They will be able to give you better advice and sounder references if he or she knows you well. Make sure your Personal Tutor knows about your achievements and skills, particularly those outside the immediate programme curriculum.
What to do if you would like a new personal tutor?
If it appears that the relationship between you and your personal tutor is not working as it should, either party can request a re-allocation. Please discuss this with your school’s Senior Tutor in the first instance.