Reviews 2018-10-31T13:17:09+00:00


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 and consultant for higher education and 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

 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