"His approach to students is very friendly and at the same time he maintains his authority, which is a vital combination of qualities that a really good tutor should have.”
New arrivals are unlikely to know what a university Personal Tutor is for. What can they expect from you and what should they not expect? What do you expect of them? There is some general information about personal tutoring at Imperial College in the Student Success Guide. However, it is important to discuss these expectations with your tutees and to recognise that your beliefs about your role as a Personal Tutor may evolve over time and through experience.
In terms of Imperial student expectations, the top three words used to describe their ‘Best Tutors’ are available, approachable and helpful.