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Learning and Teaching

Principles of Academic Tutoring at York St John

Academic Tutoring supports students to achieve their academic and personal aspirations.

A purposeful personal relationship with their tutor enables students to become autonomous, confident, and engaged members of society. This ongoing and collaborative relationship connects students deeply to the YSJ family, supporting them through their course and beyond.

Academic Tutoring provision at York St John is founded on the following principles and norms:


Students are expected to:

  • Be willing to openly discuss your own development and identify your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Keep Academic Tutor appointments and inform tutors in good time if unable to attend.
  • Comply with the University Attendance Monitoring Policy, and appreciate the consequences of non-attendance at teaching sessions
  • Engage fully in preparatory activities and come to tutor meetings prepared.
  • Support your peers in your tutorial groups, and engage fully in group tutorial meetings and activities
  • Prepare a summary of your time in University In collaboration with your tutor as the basis of future references.


Tutors are expected to:

  • Keep confidential records of meetings which are shared with the student.
  • Where possible contact students before they arrive at the University and meet with new students during Welcome Week.
  • Act as a primary point of contact and support for their students during their time at York St John University.
  • Respond[1] within 2 working days to a request for a meeting, or any email communications.
  • Advise students on how to access specialist services.
  • Collaboratively prepare with the student a summary of their time in University as the basis of future references.
  • Write references of a professional standard for further study, employment, and any other purpose you may require, within one week of receiving a reference request.

[1] This may be a holding response to let you know that your request has been received and is receiving attention

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