Why university students need tutoring & mentoring

There is a wide misconception that only students in their A-levels and under require tutoring and mentoring. However, university students undergo more pressure than imagined and, therefore, also need adequate support from caring and skilled mentors to thrive. University level tutoring can help alleviate pressures and help students get ahead in their studies and beyond.

Our academic tutors follow up each of our university level tutoring sessions with a bespoke and in-depth feedback report. The following are extracts from a feedback report written by one of our academic tutors for an MA History student, Natalie, who required essay guidance. They demonstrate an accurate case-study and explain why university level tutoring is so important. We hope it will help students understand that university level tutoring helps and mentors them through their studies, and is an important investment with BIG returns.

Day 1

During our first meeting, Natalie explained why she was looking for my help. She pointed out that after having spent some time away from academia, she had recently been suffering from writers block and her anxiety around her studies quickly became apparent. The task at hand was to deliver a 6,000 word essay over the next four days. Despite being daunted by what Natalie perceived was an impossible task, she outlined the topic she wanted to work on, emphasising that she had not done enough research and reading on the topic yet. Nevertheless, I was able to help her articulate an interesting argument and angle for the essay.

Furthermore, I identified that Natalie’s main issues are her self-doubt and criticism, which are big barriers to her success. They paralyse her work despite her academic brilliance and will be something to watch out for over the next sessions. Lastly, we wrote down what we wanted to achieve over the next few days and how much time we had for each task.

Day 2

After probing Natalie through the main arguments, methodology and structure yesterday, I had sent her home with the task of writing a 500-word introduction. However, her writer’s block and anxiety had kept her from completing her work. So, in order to remain within our timeframe, I asked Natalie’s perspective on the topic and wrote everything down on an empty sheet. This way we finished drafting the introduction and even the first section of the essay. We approached all paragraphs one at a time and broke down the task into smaller ones, which really made a difference.

Day 3

Natalie’s task had been to go home with the structured draft of each paragraph and type it up while rewording and rethinking the arguments. Simultaneously, I asked her to complete the next section of the essay, substantiating her points based on relevant literature. She had completed all her tasks and said she felt much more confident about her essay.

It was great to see that Natalie’s mood and self-confidence have significantly improved. The clear structure we implemented from the very beginning has proven the least anxiety-provoking and most effective way Natalie can write. Not only does it help her to overcome her writer’s block, but she has also explored interesting angles, which we teased out in our discussions. Furthermore, Natalie has become much more confident and assertive: She is now able to articulate her argument confidently, bridging the gap between her verbal argumentation and writing skills to improve her academic writing.

Day 4

All in all, Natalie has gone from believing she was incapable of writing a 6,000 word essay in just a few days to achieving the task! She has included clear argumentation, an original angle and good evidence based on relevant literature. Her critical thinking and sharp analysis have prevailed over her initial anxieties, and I hope this experience with us is just the start of many other academic successes. As her tutor/mentor I have found it extremely rewarding to work with Natalie as her transformation has been truly remarkable.

Get in touch

To read more about how university students benefit from academic tutoring and mentoring for essays and dissertations, read this blog post. If you would like the chance to increase your grades by up to 30%, don’t hesitate to get in touch like Natalie at 02030867311 or info@ubertutors.co.uk. Our education consultants will be more than happy to set up a free consultation for you and discuss our university level tutoring.