Tutorials strategies

Tutorials – Before, During, and After.

speaking your mind

“Li becomes anxious in advance of tutorials. His first language is Mandarin and although he understands what is being said most of the time, he doesn’t feel he benefits from tutorials and has in the past missed them. The discussion usually feels positive at tutorials but often the written feedback is not as good as he expected.  When he attends tutorials he feels that there is a lot of discussion but is unclear how this relates to him, and to his work.”

Suggested strategies:

Before the tutorial

  • Ensure you understand the purpose, structure and aims of the tutorial, so that you are clear about what is expected from it. This information should be available in advance in written format/on CANVAS.
  • Prepare some written questions prior to the tutorial as reminders of what you wish to discuss. Share these questions with your tutor prior to the tutorial if possible.

During the tutorial

  • Structured, written feedback from tutorials is essential to make sure you have not missed important information. If possible write up your notes and share with your tutor at the end of the tutorial process.
  • Audio record tutorials. (ask for permission and to be polite)Audio-Recorder
  • During any tutorial, your tutor will focus on your strengths as well as areas that need more work. Ensure that you leave the tutorial with a clear understanding if your work is likely to pass or fail. Ask for a summary in writing if available.
  • Ask tutors to list key areas to develop, and perhaps ask them to say which areas are most important to work on first.

After the tutorial

  • Review written feedback from tutors. It is very important you fully understand this feedback. If you have any questions make sure and contact your tutor for clarification.
  • Review audio recording and email tutor to check for understanding if anything is not clear.

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