Supporting student academic development

Supporting student academic development

There is plenty of research evidence to suggest that students find it easiest to grasp and see the relevance of academic development if it is delivered and supported within their subject specialism.  The Personal Academic Tutor is particularly well placed to support this, as a subject specialist who gets a more holistic overview of the student’s progress through their studies.  The Personal Academic Tutor therefore has an important role in helping the student adapt to the greater independence of learning required at University and aspire to mature, purposeful, autonomous learning.  The Personal Academic Tutor can achieve this by facilitating peer group activity or undertaking individual discussion with the student which draws out:

  • A clear vision of what they want and can expect from being a university student
  • Understanding of how their subject studies, membership of the University and the resources available to them can support them in achieving their aims
  • Developing awareness of the subject in terms of knowledge and understanding, skills development and academic requirements
  • Awareness of their own approach to learning, their learning needs and appropriate strategies to develop and improve
  • Increasing confidence in the options available to them and the confidence to take responsibility for their own choices; of pathway, work experience, extra curricula activity and career
  • A reflective approach to all the feedback they receive and a positive developmental response to learning from it
  • A sense and record of progression and achievement through their subject studies and University life
  • An ability to articulate what they have learnt and gained, in order to share the benefits of their University experience with others, including prospective employers.