Pavlov's Couch

A Psychology Student's Mental Experience

Personal Tutors

I wasn’t too happy with my results at the end of last term. I set myself high standards, driven in part by the knowledge of how competitive it is – an insane 15% acceptance rate last year! So having a C and a C plus in my grades at the end of term was obviously not something I was happy about. I realised that I need to put more effort in this term – and dropping out of all societies and such last term didn’t help the way I expected it to. In fact I suspect it made things worse, because it allowed me to be less organised which soon descended into plain disorganised and lazy!

One of the things I have decided to do this term to improve things is make more use of my personal tutor. I am generally pretty good at sorting my own mess out so speaking to my PT has, in the past, tended to be him confirming that am already doing the right thing or me just saying everything is fine. So I haven’t made much effort to keep my PT up to date in the past, only seeing him at the start of each term. But I am going to make an effort from now on to keep in regular contact.

So I started already. This week I had a very good session with my PT who was kind enough to put up with me for almost an hour and a half rather than the traditional fifteen minutes! He made a very good point after listening to me list the things I think I did wrong and how I’m trying to fix them: I need to be careful that I don’t get so caught up looking back at what I did wrong last term that I am stop paying attention to this term! Especially since I am so critical of myself I can get caught up thinking that anything less than perfect is a disaster!

Other than supporting you and giving you advice through your degree, personal tutors do something else for you possibly even more important than that: they write your reference at the end of you degree! If you haven’t kept up with your tutor, if you haven’t built a relationship and got to know each other, then that will show in your reference. So yes, it’s important to meet with your personal tutor regularly even if everything is going fine.

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5 thoughts on “Personal Tutors

  1. Good grief, I never saw my personal tutor throughout either of my degrees – I don’t even know who it was! But I think it works differently here. You see your course convenor/tutor for advice on academic things and your personal tutor either for other things or if it goes bad with your convenor.

    • Ah yeah, things are definitely run differently here! Our student reps are probably the first point of call for general problems or your personal tutor for problems that only affect you. The lecturers you’d generally speak to for academic problems and advice. If you’re having personal problems such as needing to apply for mitigating circumstances, general problems that affect more than one module, or so on – that would be your personal tutor. Brunel try to make a big thing out of the personal tutors and really make them useful 🙂

  2. Good on you for being so proactive though! I never asked for help in my undergrad but when I got horribly stuck in an MA course, so badly I thought I might fail and sometimes had to leave the classes in panic, then I got help. And I’m so glad I did!

  3. Bourbon on said:

    You are lucky to have a personal tutor who gives a shit. Mine couldn’t care less. He has no idea who I even am I’m sure.

    • That sucks 😦 sadly that’s really the case – some are fantastic and some are useless! I’m lucky that mine is great despite having no idea what a personal tutor is/does when he started at Brunel the same time I did!

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