For an example of how personal tutors can use GROW coaching questions with their tutees, watch the short video below. We hope it demonstrates how useful a coaching approach can be when engaging in conversations with tutees.

With thanks to Dr Arti Maini for kindly giving permission for her coaching resources to be shared within this section. Find out more about advice given to students regarding coaching.


Downey, M. (2003) Effective Coaching – lessons from the Coach’s Coach. 2nd ed. UK:Cengage

Gurbutt, D.J. and Gurbutt, R. (2015) Empowering students to promote independent learning: A project utilising coaching approaches to support learning and professional development. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 8.

Whitmore, J. (2009) Coaching for Performance: Growing Human Potential and Purpose—The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership. 4th Edition, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, London.