Teaching & Learning


Personal tutoring: an introduction 30 Oct

30 October 2018, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

UCL Arena event image for academic support. A picture of a student talking to a tutor

You will learn about the main purposes of personal tutoring and how to provide effective support in this workshop delivered by the UCL Arena Centre.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff




UCL Arena Centre


Arena Room, 10th Floor
1-19 Torrington Place, London
United Kingdom

Tuesday 30 October 13:00 - 14:00

UCL Arena Centre are delivering this session, which is open to all personal tutors at UCL.  

Personal tutoring is about supporting your students' learning during their time at UCL. 

It is organised by your department, and may take slightly different approaches. 

This session will cover the main features of personal tutoring at UCL and provide you with practical guidance, support and answer commonly asked questions.  

This workshop will:

  • review the main purposes of a personal tutor 
  • discuss ways you can be an effective personal tutor
  • provide an opportunity to answer any concerns you may have
  • look at real scenarios and explore suitable responses and;
  • introduce resources available to you

After attending this session you will

  • understand your role as a personal tutor 
  • know where to find resources to support you 

Who should attend

New personal tutors will find this session particularly useful.

Presenter Information

This session is delivered by UCL Arena Centre's Director, Dr Sam Smidt (PFHEA). 

Sam takes a lead for postgraduate and personal tutoring matters. A particle physicist by background, with many years’ experience in online and distance education at the Open University, Sam has worked on developing and implementing learning and teaching policy.  Sam also has several years’ experience working as part of a large consortium developing e-learning platforms and pedagogies in Central Asia.