Benefits for Student
The challenges that students face
Higher Education presents most students with a significant epistemological shift in the way they approach learning. For many students this involves leaving behind the notion that knowledge is an objective truth to be memorised but rather a process to engage with organically. University should be a context within which students develop and refine their own general and subject-specific interests. They will be making important decisions about what they want to do next. Many students will also be living independently for the first time, which presents its own set of challenges.
A more enjoyable and productive time
Personal Tutors have huge potential to make this developmental process, both academic and pastoral, an easier and more enjoyable time for students;it doesn't have to be something they struggle through on their own. Students come to university because they want to learn, they want to engage in conversation with like-minded individuals and build relationships with experts who are actively contributing to their field. A Personal Tutor can be a key person with whom to have some of these conversations. Personal Tutors can inspire their tutees and motivate them to try harder at university. A Personal Tutor can build up a student's confidence by giving them time to discuss the things that are important to them.
A source of reassurance
Having a Personal Tutor, with whom they have built up an authentic relationship through regular contact and good communication, provides students with a source of support and guidance. Students are reassured that someone is there for them who genuinely cares about their progress at university and who they trust values them as an individual in what can be a large, impersonal institution. When they feel valued, they are more likely to come to their Personal Tutor for support and therefore it is less likely that any difficulties they do encounter will reach crisis point.
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