Have you met with your Academic Tutor yet?

As your key point of contact for all things relating to your course, your Academic Tutor is a valuable source of information and advice, and it is important that you meet with them at least once each term to discuss your academic progress and development.

Why exactly are these meetings so important?

Your Academic Tutor is there to ensure that you are getting the most out of your studies, and that you have a clear idea of what you can do to develop further. During your meetings, your Academic Tutor can help you set goals for your academic and personal development, aid you with decisions relating to your course, and connect you with other academics in your field of study. They can also direct you to other University services where appropriate, as well as help you take full advantage of the development opportunities available to you.

To make the most of your meetings, we recommend giving some thought to what you might like to talk with them about, as well as having some questions ready to ask. Topics you might want to address could include:

  • Choosing your optional modules
  • Understanding assessment marks and feedback
  • Reviewing the year and setting goals
  • Recognising your strengths and identifying areas for improvement
  • Career/further study options

Your Academic Tutor can advise you on a wide range of topics relating to your studies and life at the University, and we strongly recommend meeting with them regularly to discuss your progress. If you’re not sure what to talk about in your meetings or how best to prepare, take a look at the Online Toolkit for some ideas to get you started. You can also find an Academic Tutor meeting template to help you keep a record of what you speak about and track your progress.

If you’re unsure who your Academic Tutor is, you can find out by logging into RISIS, selecting ‘Programme and Modules’, then ‘Programme Information’. You can also contact your Support Centre.

Click here for more information on what your Academic Tutor can help you with, and to take a look at some frequently asked questions.