Personal Tutor System
When I first came to Warwick in October, I was a bit worried about the prospect of approaching my tutors in order to discuss a few things with them which I thought they might need to know. I have several health issues, both physical and mental, and beginning university was really daunting as well as exciting. I wanted to let my tutors know about what I was facing, but I didn’t want to have the same conversation ten times with different people, and I was scared that they wouldn’t care.
I’d read somewhere before coming to Warwick that we would all be assigned a personal tutor who could be our first port of call for anything we were having trouble with, or even if we just wanted a chat. I didn’t think much of it to be honest: I’d had a personal tutor at sixth form, but the system there was quite relaxed, and because it can be terrifying to discuss personal issues with someone older and more senior than you,I only plucked up the courage to do so once across the two years I was there. So I expected that the situation would be fairly similar at Warwick.
Much to my surprise, on the very first day of term, I received an email from my personal tutor, Sarah Moss, who is quite frankly one of the loveliest people I have ever met. In that email she introduced herself, reiterated the personal tutor system and invited us all (she has about a dozen other personal tutees beside me) to come and meet with her in the first couple of weeks of term.
Whilst I can’t speak for every personal tutor at Warwick, the support I have already received from Sarah in my first five months at university has been immense. Unlike the system that was in place at my sixth form, the system here at Warwick is much more structured. You are required to meet with your personal tutor a couple of times a term so that they can check how you’re doing, but this need only be brief if you’ve already found your university wings! On the other hand, if you want to drop in more often, your personal tutor is there to support you whenever you need it.
From our first meeting, Sarah made me feel instantly comfortable and I was able to spill out all my worries to her without feeling at all like a nuisance. Anytime I am worried, concerned or unsure, Sarah is in her office or just an email away. Thanks to Sarah, I was able to be directed to the right place for me to get information about my illnesses and circumstances onto the university system so that all of my tutors could see it without me having to repeat the same conversation with them all! However, your personal tutor isn’t only there for if things aren’t going quite to plan. They are always a member of staff from your department, so they can help you with course or careers advice, module choices, understanding feedback, or any good news you want to share too!
The personal tutor system at Warwick really is whatever you want it to be. If you’re doing great, it’s just in the background as a safety net in case you need it, but if, like me, you just sometimes feel like a chat with someone who soon comes to know you really well, then it’s great for that too.
I’m really pleased that Sarah is my personal tutor, and I feel safe in the knowledge that she is there to help me with whatever I need, whenever I need it.