One of the things you will do during Welcome Week is meet your personal tutor. Each student has a nominated personal tutor who will play an important part in supporting you during your university experience. Your personal tutor can be contacted for general support and advice.
Personal tutors are not necessarily experts in your subject area, but they are committed to supporting your learning, wellbeing and professional/academic skills whilst you are studying at Birmingham City University. For subject advice please see your programme leader or module leader.
You can talk with your personal tutor about:
- What you want to achieve during your time here and how you can go about it.
- How well you are doing - your successes and any concerns you or we may have about your progress.
- Issues affecting your ability/desire to complete your course - there are often ways to improve your experience.
- General study, employability or other support needs.
The purpose of having one nominated staff member as your personal tutor is so that there is someone who knows you well beyond individual modules, who can help you develop personally and professionally. The better you get to know your personal tutor, the better they can support you!
It’s not just for when you have problems - tutors can help you make the best of your studies.
What to expect from your personal tutor:
- Reviewing of general progress.
- Discussions about your goals and expectations, to help set action plans.
- Your tutor will make time to see you if you are experiencing difficulties such as any issues either with settling in or progressing through the course. While they may not be able to see you straight away, they will refer you to the right place to get the help or support you need, working closely with our student success advisors to do so.
What not to expect:
- Attention on demand - while your tutor will make every effort to help you, if you have a particularly serious or urgent issue, you should report to the school receptions on Level 2 and 4 in Millennium Point for immediate help.
- Your personal tutor will not be able to do your work for you.
- They will not be able to read through drafts of assignment for other modules. You should see your module tutors for course specific feedback. For study support, you should visit the Centre for Academic Success in the Curzon Building.
What we expect from you:
- Prepare in advance for meetings.
- Attend all scheduled meetings and respond to check-in emails. Even if you’re doing fine, check in with us to let us know.