Individual attention = collective success

Erietta Bissa

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED; e.bissa@uwtsd.ac.uk

24th March 2016

Abstract

Academic skills tuition in HE over the last few years has moved towards self-study and the use of electronic materials. By contrast this paper focuses on the effect of one-to-one tuition in the first year on students’ overall results and attainment. UWTSD Classics implemented short one-to-one in-class consultations between lecturers and students in a dedicated Academic Skills module in 2012. The students graduated in 2015, and results show that those who took the one-to-one module succeeded in getting higher overall results than others of the same cohort (with same overall entry profile who took the same overall modules). Short one-to-one tuition sessions, which focus on the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, enhance students’ success, increase immediately their satisfaction and engagement with improving their skill-set across modules. Importantly, the project showed that one-to-one tuition is possible without a heavy increase in staff workload or staffing additions.