Meetings with your tutees should be focused around the five main themes of the Academic Tutor Role:
- Academic support and study skills
- Assessment and feedback
- Careers and employability
- Engaging beyond the programme
- Referring to specialist support services
You can download the Suggested Outlines and Agendas for Academic Tutor Meetings for ideas of what topics would be useful to cover at particular points in the student journey (editable Word versions are available from the T&L policies & Procedures page, point 7h):
For topics related to careers and employability please see the critical careers intervention points document.
You can also visit the page on Group Tutorials for suggestions of topics which might work well in a group situation.
Tips for meetings
In your Welcome Week meeting with tutees:
- Explain your role and how you can support and work with them
- Explain how you plan to run future meetings (e.g. one-one or group tutorials, possibilities for Skype/phone meetings), and how they can contact you
- Find out how they’re settling in
- Ask if they’ve been able to access RISIS, Blackboard etc, and if not explain where to go for help
- Remind students about Study Smart, and their STAR mentors
In all meetings:
- Listen and ask questions about their academic, personal and professional development
- Agree action points
- Signpost students to other services where appropriate (e.g. for welfare support, or academic study advice)
- Keep records of meetings on RISIS (eg. of action points and signposting advice provided). There is now a tool on RISIS that allows you to record tutorial attendance in bulk, rather than for each student individually. Click here for instructions on how to use it.
Guidance is also provided to students about how to get the most out of meetings with their Academic Tutors. There are detailed suggestions of what they might talk about with you at each meeting, along with a downloadable template to help record their meetings.