Personal Tutor Meetings

What to Talk about in Personal Tutor/Tutee Meetings

Level 1

Semester 1: Induction meeting (Intro Week)

  1. Questions regarding the role of personal tutor: what is expected of personal tutor and tutee, and what personal tutor can help with.
  2. How to get in touch and how to set up a meeting.
  3. Points of contact at SEAS: whom to contact and where to find information when issues/questions arise.
  4. Student welfare: questions regarding student welfare services available at the University, such as disability, dyslexia, mental health, etc.
  5. Services available at the SSiD (Student Service Information Desk) and Student Union Advice Centre.
  6. Services available at the 301 Study Skill and Development Centre and the Academic Skills Hub (TASH).
  7. Additional services available across the University: such as library, computer support, MOLE and all other University services.
  8. Questions regarding personal development and the Sheffield Graduate Development Programme.
  9. Question regarding extra-curricular opportunities and the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). .

Semester 1: Mid-Term meeting (Week 5 to Week 7)

  1. Any difficulty or concern with your study and life in Sheffield.
  2. Things not going right: Where to seek help?
  3. Any specific problems, e.g. academic reading/writing.
  4. Questions regarding time management and the planning and executing of assignments.
  5. How to prepare for assessments.
  6. Questions regarding the procedures/timelines for submitting work.
  7. How to make the best use of feedback.
  8. Questions regarding revision planning, strategies and techniques.
  9. How to deal with exam stress.
  10. Questions regarding finding part-time work.
  11. Questions regarding career development and career fairs at the University.

Semester 2: Initial meeting (Week 1 to Week 3)

  1. Questions regarding your feedbacks from semester 1.
  2. What areas need to be improved upon and how to improve.
  3. Reflection and discussion of the skills and experience that you have gained, curricular and extra-curricular.
  4. Questions regarding any of the activities you are doing/thinking of doing.
  5. Reflection on your personal development plan and your career development plan.
  6. Have you thought about being a course rep? Have you heard of SALT (Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching)? Would these interest you?

Semester 2: Mid-Term meeting (Week 5 to Week 7 before the Easter vacation)

Questions and issues that you can discuss with your personal tutor during this meeting are similar to those for the Mid-Term meeting in Semester 1, plus:

  1. Questions regarding your exam results from semester 1.
  2. Questions and concerns regarding your progression.
  3. Questions regarding re-sits.
  4. What kind of work experience have you got? Have you thought about some work experience during the summer? It might be wise to start investigating some options?
  5. Choosing modules for following year.
  6. Finding accommodation for the following year.

Level 2

Semester 1: Welcome back meeting (Week 1 to Week 3)

  1. Questions regarding the exam results and the feedback that you received from last year
  2. Adjusting back to life in Sheffield after the Year Abroad: Differences in expectations and teaching styles (for Chinese Studies and Korean Studies students)
  3. Strengths and weaknesses from last year and the areas you would like to improve on this year - the second year counts towards your degree award, so it’s a good idea to identify strengths/weaknesses from grades and subjective experience
  4. Are there specific academic issues that need additional support?
  5. What have you already achieved? What do you still want to do while you're at Sheffield?
  6. Are there any activities or schemes that might help you to gain experience or skills for a career that you're interested in, or to achieve any other future goals that you have?
  7. Have you got part-time employment? How does that (or any other time commitments) impact on your studies?
  8. If you haven’t got any work experience yet, have you visited the Careers Service? Are you aware of the opportunities and schemes offered at the Careers Service?
  9. What is your career plan? Are you aware of the support services available at the Career Service, including help to write a CV?
  10. Other extra-curricular activities that you might want to get involved in, and how these might contribute to your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
  11. Are you interested in applying to participate in SURE (Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience)?

Semester 1: Mid-Term meeting (Week 5 to Week 7)

Questions and issues that you can discuss with your personal tutor during this meeting are similar to those for the Mid-Term meeting in Semester 1 of Level 1

Semester 2: Initial meeting (Week 1 to Week 3)

Questions and issues that you can discuss with your personal tutor during this meeting are similar to those for the Initial Meeting in Semester 2 of Level 1. In particular, if you haven’t engaged with HEAR and the Careers Service, you really do need to think about doing this. You can discuss any issues regarding your personal and career development with your personal tutor.

Semester 2: Mid-Term meeting (Week 5 to Week 7 before the Easter vacation)

Questions and issues that you can discuss with your personal tutor during this meeting are similar to those for the Mid-Term meeting in Semester 2 of Level 2

Level 3

Semester 1: Welcome back meeting (Week 1 to Week 3)

Questions and issues that you can discuss with your personal tutor during this meeting are similar to those for the Welcome back meeting in Level 2, plus:

  1. The expectations of Level 3 student and the key areas of support, including expectations of your dissertation and sources of support
  2. Adjusting back to life in Sheffield after the Year Abroad: Differences in expectations and teaching styles (for Japanese Studies students)
  3. Your future career and what you need to do to develop the necessary skills for employment or further study
  4. Your options for further study
  5. Questions regarding graduate Internship programmes run by the Careers Service
  6. Have you written an up-to-dated CV?

Semester 1: Mid-Term meeting (Week 5 to Week 7)

Questions and issues that you can discuss with your personal tutor during this meeting are similar to those for the Mid-Term meeting in Semester 1 of Level 2

Semester 2: Initial meeting (Week 1 to Week 3)

Questions and issues that you can discuss with your personal tutor during this meeting are similar to those for the Initial Meeting in Semester 2 of Level 2

Semester 2: Mid-Term meeting (Week 5 to Week 7 before the Easter vacation)

Questions and issues that you can discuss with your personal tutor during this meeting are similar to those for the Mid-Term meeting in Semester 2 of Level 2, plus:

  1. Questions regarding employment or postgraduate study
  2. Opportunities for employment or postgraduate study and support available for application
  3. Questions regarding the reference letter for your employment or postgraduate study application
  4. Your employment contract: Student Advice Centre offers advice

Year Abroad

Your Year-Abroad Tutors are better qualified to answer your questions regarding your year-abroad study and to provide you support during your year abroad, but you can also discuss questions and seek help from your personal tutor. You are encouraged to maintain contact with your personal tutor by email or Skype.