In order to be an effective personal tutor, there are some important skills and qualities that the tutor must possess. These include logistical and curriculum planning, good organisational and communication skills, pragmatic and diplomatic abilities. A good tutor must also be knowledgeable, friendly, respectful, patient and a good listener, as well as having many other skills, qualities and attributes. There are some skills and qualities that are so essential that without them you could be deemed a poor tutor. Being a good listener is a fundamental aspect to being a good tutor as students will need to discuss elements of their life, both within the teaching organisation and outside, that are important and will have a large influence on their educational lives. Without being a good listener, it is highly likely that elements of discussions will be missed, for example, in a minor case could result in work being submitted incorrectly, but in extreme cases could result in safeguarding referral opportunities being missed, causing life or death situations. The next fundamental attribute is being a good problem solver, students will arrive with all kinds of problems and as a tutor it is your responsibly to either solve the problems or refer the student to someone who can solve the problem. Without being a good problem solver when a student presents a problem, the worst response possible is a tutor that panics and is unable to make a decision. Students will discuss elements of their lives, both within education and outside, that are outside the Overton Window, whilst this may seem strange it is essential that the tutor is non-judgemental, assuming the student is not committing a crime or is a victim, an example of this is in my experience is the use of stretch earrings. Being non-judgemental also applies to the student’s work, while it is likely the tutor will also be a lecturer, keeping those roles separate is essential to ensure that work can be marked effectively while not appearing to judge the students’ performance, allowing for support in a pastoral capacity.