Lochtie, D., McIntosh, E., Stork, A. and Walker, B.W. (2018) Effective Personal Tutoring in Higher Education. Northwich: Critical Publishing.

The book offers an impressive blend of scholarly thinking about personal tutoring and related issues, drawing on leading research and models in the field, and practical guidance.”

Professor Liz Thomas – independent researcher for higher education; Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University

This book is an important addition to the field of personal tutoring and academic advising. The structure of the chapters in this text makes it the perfect training tool for new advisors and a great reference for experienced advisors. The case studies, critical thinking activities, and discussions make the content come alive. Every personal tutor, advisor and support services or advising administrator needs this book in their toolkit.

Amy Sannes – President of NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising  

The book is innovative; although firmly based on relevant research and with wide reference to literature on the subject, the approach is essentially practical. This is not a book to be read once and put to one side, but one to be used as an ongoing resource and toolkit, by the experienced tutor or advisor as well as the beginner. The former will find ideas for refreshing his or her approach, while the latter will be helped to gain confidence at an early career stage. The authors are to be congratulated on this excellent contribution to an area of vital and growing importance in higher education.”

Penny Robinson – Chair of the UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT) Executive Committee

Your book has been my bible of “how to” establish Academic Advising in the Australian Regional context. It has been fundamental to the development of our Academic Advising Modules.

Dr. Cat Picton – Project Manager, Regional University Network, University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia

The publication “Effective Personal Tutoring” has proved to be an invaluable resource for developing material and improving staff engagement and understanding of how to deliver personal tutoring sessions. This is a resource that I would recommend to policy makers, and personal tutors to support both framework and staff development.”

Dr. Lisa Simmons, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Projects, Manchester Metropolitan University

“Excellent overall summary of personal tutoring that I have used to inform our personal tutoring training and support.”

Ian Coleman – Learning and Organisation Development Consultant, De Montfort University

“Very good impression – well written and research based.”

Dr. Lorraine Dacre Pool – Principal Lecturer, Student and Staff Development, University of Central Lancashire

“I’ve reviewed the contents and I will be adding this book as a priority read for all academics joining our university’s teacher training provision.”

Dr. Daniella Ryding – Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing and Retail , University of Manchester

“Excellent book!  It is accessible, practical, and grounded in solid theory and evidence-based research.”

Ricky Lowes – Lecturer and Senior Personal Tutor (Business School), University of Plymouth

“The book is an essential guide to modern notions of personal tutoring which will prove useful to our Senior Tutors and Personal Tutors. It also opens up a number of questions in regards to the expectations of the role from an institution, student and personal tutor perspective, as well as providing questions and answers to potential scenarios and issues that might be encountered.”

Tony Chapman-Wilson – University Peer Mentoring Coordinator, Newcastle University

“I am very impressed with this book and would recommend it to my colleagues and anyone with an interest in student support. I will also be recommending this to colleagues involved in any teaching and learning activities, and quality enhancement. I find the content of the book is very accessible and well presented.”

Dr. Annabel Yale – Lecturer in Education, Edge Hill University

“My overall impression is that it’s very clear and hands-on. I think the way the content is divided up is helpful and the illustrative examples are great. I intend to use it in staff development sessions and refresher training for personal tutors.”

Dr. Jane Evison – Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham

“This publication should be on the bookshelves of all those that work with students in Higher Education. For individuals new to personal tutoring, as well as seasoned professionals this will become a well-used handbook.  The layout and content provides excellent resources in supporting your students’ success.”

Yvonne Halden – Student Advisor and Regional Chair for NACADA, The Global Community of Academic Advising

“The book is well written and easily accessible. We will be recommending it to our students on the PGCert for Professional Academic Practice and for our Academic Professional Apprenticeship”

Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds, University of West London

“The book is very well structured and is underpinned with wide reading and research. The inclusion of interactive elements such as the Critical Reflections and the Personal Tutor Self-Assessment System are engaging and encourage the reader to focus on the key messages and apply the learning. The book has a logical flow, moving from the key principles of the role in chapters 1-5, to the higher level skills in chapter 6 onwards. All of these elements made the book very readable and a valuable resource for tutors, in particular those who are new to the role. Moreover, the shortage of texts on personal tutors makes this book even more important and I feel it will contribute significantly to the enhancement of personal tutoring.”

Kathryn McFarlane – Independent HE Consultant

“The book is very useful, covering key aspects of personal tutoring and, of course, bang up to date with what is going on across the sector. I will be integrating some of the activities into my session and encouraging my colleagues to access it. It is on the recommended reading list for our Introduction to Learning and Teaching programme and our Kingston Academic Practice scheme, which is our AdvanceHE accredited CPD framework”

Penny Burden – Associate Professor and Academic Practice Director, Kingston University

“It is comprehensive, practical and very current in the sense that it helps with the reality of personal tutoring in HE today. I will be using it to reflect on and further develop the online course and practical workshop I currently offer for personal tutors at Swansea University. This book fills a huge gap in the market for personal tutors and is helping to raise awareness across the sector of the importance of one-to-one interactions with students to support and guide their personal and professional development. I have recommended it to all the teaching staff at Swansea University and to our Academy of Learning and Teaching who run our in-house PGCE.”

Alison Braddock – Manager, Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success, Swansea University

“I have really enjoyed reading this book and will be adding it to the PG Cert in HE Learning and Teaching course as well as using it as part of our personal tutor induction programme”

Mark Charters – Academic Development Coordinator – Glasgow School of Art


 Stork, A. and Walker, B. (2015) Becoming an Outstanding Personal Tutor: Supporting Learners Through Personal Tutoring and Coaching. Northwich: Critical Publishing.

This is an excellent book and I really like the way it is written, the content and the critical thinking activitiesIt has been invaluable to myself and the staff.”  

Heather Booth-Martin – Craven College

The very comprehensive breadth and depth of the content and its applicability to a diverse range of circumstances lends itself to meeting developmental needs for students and staff alike.

Margaret Postance – Edgehill University

“A great book that gives the reader a firm framework from which to build their practice. From identifying the key values of a tutor to the delivery of the OSKAR coaching framework, the book allows you to gain a greater understanding of the tutor’s role and the impact an outstanding tutor can have on the progress of learners in FE.” 

Laurence Ross – Weston College 

The book is very clear, well laid out and relevant to a number of different people. I particularly like the way each chapter is summarised and the ‘taking it further’ column.

Matthew Lowden – University of Winchester

A clear read with lots of practical examples which link the theoretical aspects to the case studies and vignettes.”

Julie Beams – University of Bedfordshire

It clearly links legislation, policy and practice together. It has good use of diagrams to support learning, which are supported by the ‘stretching’ critical thinking activities.”

Deborah Hussain – University of Derby

Not many books on this subject – might get a chapter or so, so this is welcome.”

Sarah Williamson – University of Huddersfield

This book fits a real gap in the market, as we have been running the ‘Preparing for the tutoring role’ module for the past year with no course book to support it. I particularly like the emphasis on coaching skills, as this is something we are trying to introduce within college.”

Nicky Hawkins – South Devon College

The book is well sequenced and has good examples to draw on for discussion.”

Jane Booth – Uxbridge College

It has good practical tips about association with student groups, the reflection required to connect with continuous improvement and the observation process for Initial Teacher Education and also personal tutors.”

Helen Robinson – Oaklands College

I like the clear style of writing, relevance and accessibility to concepts, the book and chapter layout, summaries and further reading as well as resources offered; general clarity and a welcome alternative to Anne Gravells and Geoff Petty texts! I dislike nothing really, it’s a good ‘un’ and very useful.”

Kevin Austin – Sussex College

I like the tables which give a very accessible breakdown of concepts/ issues, and practical techniques and strategies. Also I think the critical thinking activities are very useful for in and out of class activities to facilitate reflection and application.”

Gary Nixon – Brooklands College

This book is highly recommended. It goes beyond what is suggested by the title. There is much to appeal to anyone who works in education. It is easy to read and access through ‘bite size’ chunks, which makes dipping in and out easy. It has the feel of a short course with recaps and exercises to check understanding.”

Hellen Jordan – The Sheffield College

“A really useful book; it gives you tools for the job. The great idea running through the book – that commitment to the learner is essential – is easy to forget as a teacher. I particularly liked the positive approach to disciplinary section in chapter 5. This is a serious issue in Maths & English; the chapter had useful content about positive reinforcement techniques and the encouragement of positive relationships. Also, chapter 7 is excellent.  I felt calm after reading it. I would like to read this every time I know I am going to get observed.”

Emma Noonan – The Sheffield College