Purpose of student tutoring

For many, starting studies in a university of applied sciences means entering a new situation in life,  which may entail moving to a new locality away from friends and family back home, taking  responsibility for one’s own life and beginning studies that differ in nature from studies in a vocational  or upper secondary school. The most important factor that eases studying at the start is interaction  with others in the same situation. Other students can provide support and information for studying.

The purpose of student tutoring during the initial phase of studies is to facilitate and support the new  student’s integration into and orientation to the UAS community and the new situation in life. It is  especially important for new students to meet their fellow students. The goal of tutoring is to awaken  the student’s own activeness and reinforce interaction between the student and the staff of the UAS.

The  tutor acts as a bridge between the new student and the staff of the UAS. The new student should learn how to address possible problems and how to solve them. However, the tutor is not a psychologist or a student counsellor, and does not need to know everything. More essential is to know where information and help can be found. It is important to know how to listen, encourage and advise.

Read more about tutoring from here: Guide for student tutors

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