Becoming an Outstanding Personal Tutor

Supporting Learners through Personal Tutoring and Coaching

By (author) Andrew Stork, Ben W Walker Edited by Susan Wallace

Ebook (VitalSource) - £22.99

Publication date:

21 October 2015

Length of book:

216 pages


Critical Publishing

ISBN-13: 9781910391075

How confident do you feel in your personal tutoring role? In the face of ever-increasing and demanding learner issues, do you feel equipped to provide the essential support to meet their needs? This timely book provides you with essential help in an area which has often been given little attention in comparison with curriculum delivery by:

  • contextualising the support side of a teacher’s role within further education;
  • looking beyond conventional notions of personal tutoring and coaching;
  • appreciating the real world applications of issues;
  • recognising the benefits personal tutoring and coaching bring to learners and educational institutions;
  • reflecting on a variety of different approaches to support learners’ achievement as well as positively affecting institutional key performance indicators.

It provides proven practical advice and guidance for planning and delivering group tutorials, undertaking one to ones, identifying and managing vulnerable learners and those at risk of not achieving, as well as helping learners to progress onto their chosen career paths. It explores methods to engage the most disaffected and hard to reach learners, as well as stretching and challenging the more able.    

It includes clear aims, detailed case studies, learning checklists and a unique self-assessment system for the reader and the educational institution. You are encouraged to develop your skills in order to influence individual learners as well as the systems, processes and performance of your educational institution by becoming an outstanding personal tutor. 

The text is an excellent foundation for the majority of modules on teacher training qualifications and is relevant to any pre-service or in-service trainee teacher or existing practitioner with a personal tutoring role, a specialised personal tutor, manager or anyone in a learner-facing role within further education.

I liked the more personalised narrative at the start which thinks through the experience of becoming a personal tutor through the lenses of new teacher. That led to a sustained conversational tone which ensures the book is engaging as well as informative. The reader is encouraged to explore their own definitions, practices and aspirations i.e. through examination of case studies and triggered critical reflections. Tables and diagrams provide useful further explanations – very helpful to those who are less experienced, and helpful to those who are more experienced as a point of reflection on their experiences and practices. Through the book, the voice (co-authored) is that of practitioners with direct insight in to the jargon surrounding personal tutoring and its policy and practice context. The variety of approaches to support critical reflection (including fictional dialogue) and the very accessible layout and structure of the text make this a very useful resource to dip in to again in the light of new experiences.