You will see from the detailed information on LSE programmes and teaching methods that we expect our students to spend a substantial part of their time in guided private study, in addition to the formal instruction provided. Anyone who meets our admission standards should already have a good idea of the kind of skills needed; however we find that our students can often use some extra advice. For example, you may find it hard to decide which courses to choose, which books to read first or which assignment to prioritise.
Teachers and academic advisers
For any guidance about a particular class, there is the class teacher; there is also a teacher responsible for each course, who guides the class teachers. Each student has an academic adviser, who receives regular reports from class teachers and meets with the student during the course of the year to discuss their academic progress. All programmes are managed within the framework of a Code of Good Practice, which is designed to ensure that staff and students clearly understand their obligations to each other. The online Calendar contains details of all the codes of good practice and is a single source gathering together all regulations relating to students and their relationship with the School
The academic adviser is also there to help with any academic, administrative or personal questions where the student may not be sure which person or office is responsible. In addition, each department has a Departmental Tutor responsible for the day to day running of undergraduate studies in the department (sometimes those duties are shared with a tutor responsible for a particular degree).
All members of academic staff set aside specified times (office hours) when they are free to see any student.
Deans of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
The Deans are responsible for general oversight of the student experience, including the relationship between the academic and administrative aspects of teaching and welfare. The Deans act as a channel for complaints, problems and suggestions and also chair the Students' Consultative Fora, on which all departments have student representatives.
The Deans may be consulted by any students on any problems, academic or otherwise, and in particular are available for the counselling of individual students who are experiencing difficulties.