Introducing your Bridge Tutor and Bridge Sessions
This is an exciting time, and you have chosen Henley as the next step on your journey. New courses, new town, new friends, new opportunities. It’s exciting but it can feel overwhelming. Which is why we provide you with a Bridge Tutor and regular Bridge Sessions to support and guide you every step of the way.
Your Bridge Tutor
Your Bridge Tutor is your main contact at college and will help to connect you and your parents or carers with your teachers, to ensure your college experience is the best that it can be.
You will discover that you have much more independence at College than you did at school, so your tutor is here to help you manage your time, overcome any challenges that come up along the way, and give you the tools you need to stay organised and motivated.
Your Bridge Tutor will lead weekly Bridge Sessions and will also provide a one-on-one session each term to help monitor your progress, consider any challenges or issues, and encourage and support your general wellbeing. Your Tutor is also available during college hours if you need a quick chat or to arrange more time to talk through a problem. Your Tutor will also set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound) targets for the year, which include academic targets, career planning and personal development goals.
What are Bridge Sessions?
Bridge Sessions are compulsory weekly sessions with your Bridge Tutor group. They last for one hour and are part of your weekly timetable.
Your Bridge Sessions are the place to share any challenges that have come up with your tutor and fellow students, learn problem solving skills, and review academic progress. They are also designed to prepare you with key life skills for the future through a compulsory timetable of high quality, high impact sessions, with topics including:
- Presenting skills
- Problem solving
- Aiming High
- Critical thinking
Bridge Sessions are also a place for group discussions around contemporary issues and a time to build new relationships and get to know other students in an informal and interactive setting.
What we expect from you
The more you put into your time at Henley, the more you will get out. We want you to feel you have met your full potential. Hard work, excellent communication and a focus on your future goals and aspirations, with tailored assistance from your Bridge Tutor can help you achieve academic success and a more developed self-awareness.
We will expect 100% engagement and attendance from all students and if things aren’t going your way, your Tutor will work with you to look at what needs to change.
We understand that things can go wrong, life can be hard and even small challenges can become overwhelming. Sometimes it can feel easier to bury your head in the sand, but we want you to talk to us. The Bridge Tutors’ role is to support you during your time with us at The Henley College, so don't be afraid to ask for help.