What is a tutor?
The purpose of tutoring is to help students help themselves, and to assist or guide them to the point where they are independent and successful in their learning. Your tutor will offer you person-to-person support, and will advise you throughout your university career, supporting you in your studies and / or any other situation you may have.
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This support can take many forms throughout your educational experience, but of course the greatest responsibility falls on you, the student, to take what you have learned and implement it is the most appropriate way to ensure your success. So think of your personal tutor as a map (figuratively speaking) that will guide you through the most important moments of your stay, but will also be available when you need it most.
Some of the tasks with which the tutor can advise you are:
- Help you in your adaptation period, especially in the time you spend studying.
- Meet regularly throughout the academic year to help you reflect on your progress and development, both in your studies and in your extra-curricular activities.
- Advise you with your studies, helping you with any difficulties you face academically or personally and that may affect your progress.
- Provide you with references when you go to look for a job or advance in your academic training.
The tutor will be assigned to you shortly after your arrival and will usually be a member of the academic body in your area of study, or at least relatively close. During your first meeting with the tutor, they will surely inform you of their role and how they can help you.
If for some reason the tutor does not mention any of the things that we have talked about previously, make a note and ask him; not all tutors do their job in the same way and they may have different expectations about the role of a tutor.
Something important to remember while you are in your new school is: work is your responsibility.
A common student misconception is that a university or college resembles high school, where if you fail to turn in a job or don’t turn it in on time, you get in trouble and even receive punishment. That does not happen often at this level of education.
Your tutor and teachers assume that they are dealing with adults. They won’t berate you for being late or criticize you for missing class. In fact, the “teaching” role is usually secondary to your research role, professional life, or your own studies.
From the tutor’s point of view, you are the one responsible for contacting him, organizing his meetings, asking him for help and advice, and above all being honest in order to make the most of your time. If you don’t follow these guidelines, no one is going to criticize you. Time will simply pass, as will the opportunity to be tutored.
It is part of the maturing process that is inherent in university studies, a good life lesson: you are solely responsible for your work.
What are the benefits?
At the heart of a college experience is being able to discuss intellectually with the academic team and fellow students. It is valuable and important when reviewing your academic development throughout your studies. The system also provides you with continuity since this way you will get to know your teachers and classmates who can become valuable contacts.
Many of the students, regardless of their age, find it necessary to have academic support and a guide throughout their studies. To get the most out of the benefits of tutoring you should:
- Attend agreed tutoring sessions.
- Prepare the sessions according to what is indicated by the tutor.
- Take responsibility for your learning, reflecting this on your progress and responding to the tutor’s advice and guidance.
- Take the initiative to contact the tutor as soon as difficulties arise.
A tutor will usually write a letter of recommendation, so it will also be helpful to discuss your career intentions, ambitions, projects, and work experience with them. A wide variety of skills are developed through extra-curricular activities while pursuing your university studies, and these activities are worth discussing with your tutor. The better informed the tutor of your development, the more relevant will be the references he can give about you.
How Often Should I Meet With My Guardian?
Of course, this relationship is based on regular contact and building mutual trust. We suggest you agree at least once a semester, but you should also take the initiative and request additional meetings if you have something else you want to talk about.
If for some reason you are not assigned a tutor, contact the university to find out if they can help you with the assignment of one. Otherwise, you may be able to find an outside tutor; there are a variety of options online or in person, usually at a reasonable cost.
A Few Words for Parents of Students Who Will Study Abroad
Your “boy” received a university offer and before you knew it, he was already packing suitcases and filling boxes with the objects he will need at his study destination, thousands of miles away from you. This is life, whether we like it or not… Our children grow up without us realizing it, and in the blink of an eye they are taking flight towards other horizons without looking back.
For this reason, we have compiled a series of recommendations for those parents who sigh sadly and shed tears of sorrow just thinking that their offspring will take a plane to seek their professionalization in foreign lands:
Empty nest syndrome
It is a myth that only mothers dedicated to housework are those who suffer from this disease, because they have established their routines and rhythm of life around the schedules and needs of their children. Actually, it can affect both parents, and even busy professional moms … The important thing is to know how to recognize the pain of the loss, and look for ways to drain it (exercising, talking with friends, etc.) or go to specialists if it is necessary.
Prepare to say goodbye
Planning the time to say goodbye provides a structure that can be very comforting. It helps to face reality, especially by knowing exactly the date and time of the game. Many hold group farewells at the airport, while others prefer to say goodbye in advance, so as not to have to board the plane with puffy and red eyes.