Do you remember the feeling when it was your first day in school or in the entry exams?
Unfamiliar place and unbearable nervousness. “Can I find the right place? Am I there in time? Who can I ask for help? Are there enough guidance? There isn’t nobody I could ask!”
and other things are bouncing around in your head, and all this while you have a schedule to follow to get to the right place.
I, Sandra, remember, even though it´s been years since my first day through the ICT-City doors. Due to that day, I can say I’m familiar with the beautiful things of tutoring from many view points and I’ve understood why tutoring is extremely important in faculties. That first day was awful. I did not know Turku at all, but luckily, I got a ride to school; I had not used the public transport here yet.
Tutor’s mission is to help.
The one being helped does not need to be that own tutored student either. Tutor knows the systems in school and knows where to obtain the information needed. Is there a student lost in the hallways trying to find a classroom? Let’s open Tuudo together and look at the map to find the missing classroom. Did a student start late and could not make it to the campus tour? Let’s have a look around the campus and then guide the student to the social media and informational channels used by his or her own class.
Tutor can always be asked.
Tutor’s role within his or her designated tutoring group is to support the grouping process and detect arising problems. It is also important that tutor listens to the feedback given. Self-improvement and learning is a big part of tutoring. After finishing my tutor course, I did not know at all what was to come. We had a happy situation back then: no covid so we could host real orienting days.
Within the grouping we planned the orienting days, helped people to get to where they needed to be in the entry exam days and hosted a meeting during the summer for those who got in. Finally, it was the end of August.
During the orienting days we did the same things that’s been done before in our faculty: A lot of information sessions were hosted, we took the new students around the school and the city. We also had a boostcamp which allowed our students to really group up. I did not hear any negative feedback from our group. But it’s not always like that and sometimes the feedback needed comes way too late.
For the new students it’s extremely important that this feedback comes in time.
We can take things forward and influence the situation. Do You feel like your group needs a moment together, out of the school life? Talk about it to your own tutor and I’m sure you’ll get to a solution that helps to improve your group’s spirits. Tutor can also work together with the VIP-students. VIP-students are after all present in the class and see the situation better than tutors or a single lecturer.
However, in my opinion, there’s no such thing as too much grouping.
I like the work we do here at the tutoring sector at TUO and I would like to guarantee the best possible opportunity for a new student to meet his or her own tutor. I want to be a part of the process to improve tutoring and encourage tutors to be the best possible tutors by being themselves. Tutor needs to remember that diversity is a strength and it, as well as the cooperation of tutors, should be used for the good of the new students.