About This Webinar

This webinar will explore coaching tools for supporting students in personal tutorials.  In the remote working environment students may feel a loss of control over their learning process and agency towards their personal academic and life goals.  While guidance and advice can be important to help students to feel supported, coaching can give them a sense of taking control of their own situation and making their own decisions, especially within a situation that is not of their choice or making. Coaching in personal tutoring can also foster a strong sense of connection to the university at a time where students may be feeling very distant, because the approach is focused on the needs and desires of the individual but facilitated by tutors they know. In this webinar we will introduce the principles of coaching as opposed to advising or mentoring, explore techniques for active listening from a coaching perspective, and apply the TGROW coaching model to the personal tutorial context. This webinar is most relevant to personal tutors and advisors who have no prior experience of coaching.

About the Presenters

Dr Melanie Pope is Associate Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Derby where she works with colleagues across the university to develop practice in all areas of learning, teaching and assessment. She leads the university’s Personal Academic Tutoring scheme and her work is focused on the development of Growth Mindsets and coaching approaches to all aspects of teaching, assessment and professional development. She has worked in secondary, further and higher education and has trained hundreds of people to teach for over 25 years, and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Julie de Witt is a senior lecturer in the School of Health, a diagnostic radiographer by profession, and within that role Julie has built expertise in personal tutoring, and in particular in the use of coaching approaches within those conversations. Julie has spoken at various national and international health education conferences around the use of coaching approaches to support students in clinical practice learning environments, and now she is bringing that understanding into the wider University setting on a part-time secondment basis with the Centre of Excellence in learning and Teaching at UoD. Julie is a senior fellow of the HEA and has an MA in Leadership coaching and mentoring, and is currently working towards a PhD by publication in this field.