Personal Tutor System

 

Each student will be allocated to a member of staff, who will act as his or her Personal Tutor (PT): we aim, whenever possible, to ensure continuity in this relationship. The primary way in which students interact with their PT will be via a series of individual meetings, which will take place according to a specified timetable for each year group. It is also possible to ask for an appointment, at any time during the academic year, by requesting a meeting via MyEd http://www.myed.ed.ac.uk/ or by email. You can find a full list of the current PTs and their contact details by following the link to the right.

Statement

School of Law Personal Tutoring Statement 2015-16 (pdf, 300Kb)

What does this mean for you?

Individual meetings

Year 1: 
Students will meet once each semester with their Personal Tutor. 
Every student will be assigned an appointment time in their welcome letter and will see his or her PT in Freshers’ Week. 
They will be invited to sign up for a further meeting in the early part of Semester 2. Prior to this meeting students will be asked to fill in a Student Experience Monitoring Form and to send it electronically to their PTs: the purpose of this form is to enable students to reflect on their learning to date, to make plans for the remainder of the academic session and to share their reflections and plans with their PT. 
The aim of the second semester PT meeting will be to reflect on and discuss overall progress (including a review of exam results and the outcome of first semester formative assessments), and put in place further mechanisms of support where necessary. This meeting is compulsory for all students.

Year 2: 
Students will sign up for a meeting with their Personal Tutor at the beginning of semester 1 in order to confirm their attendance, seek guidance in choosing any optional courses, and review academic progress. 
At the beginning of semester 2, all students will be asked to fill in a Student Experience Monitoring Form and to send it electronically to their PTs. 
They will also be invited to sign up for a meeting with their PT. The aim of the meeting will be to reflect on and discuss first semester experience and outcomes, re-evaluate learning needs, including ways to enhance study skills and move forward with confidence to end of year assessments. This meeting is compulsory for students experiencing problems relating to their academic progress.

Years 3 and 4: 
Students will sign up for a meeting with their Personal Tutor at the beginning of semester 1 in order to confirm attendance, and to discuss progress and other related matters. 
At the beginning of semester 2, all students will be asked to fill in a Student Experience Monitoring Form and to send it electronically to their PTs. 
They will also be invited to sign up for a meeting with their PT. The aim of the meeting will be to reflect on and discuss first semester experience and outcomes, re-evaluate learning needs, including ways to enhance study skills, and ways of moving forward confidently to year end assessments. This meeting is compulsory for students experiencing problems relating to their academic progress.

Getting the most out of meetings

Writing notes of meetings with your Personal Tutor and Student Support Team will help you get the most out of your discussions about your academic and personal development. You are encouraged to do this using the notes facility in the Personal Tutor channel in MyEd: www.myed.ed.ac.uk  Some information may be sensitive. Although it may be necessary to consult colleagues, University staff will treat such information as confidential and will limit disclosures to the minimum necessary. By marking notes and comments as confidential when required, access is limited to you, your PT, Senior Tutor(s), your Student Support Team, the creator of the note and the Dean of Students. 

If a student wishes to change PT, he or she should inform the SSO in the first instance; the officers will make an appointment for the student with the Senior Tutor to discuss this matter and, if appropriate, will oversee the process of changing to a different PT.

Additional study support

Complementing the individual meetings with Personal Tutors, study support will also be provided through a series of workshops and study advice, the content and function of which will vary per year group; further details can be found at the following link:

www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/undergraduate/overview 

Exam Technique First Year Group Meeting

Answering Legal Problem Questions (PowerPoint)