Tutors and tutorial support

Students in lectureTutors are the human face in large lectures. Working together as a teaching team can change the entire unit of study experience for both students and staff.

  • Meet with your tutors before semester to share key structures, content and schedules for the unit of study.
  • Sharing with your tutors what you expect and why you value their participation in the unit helps to build a teaching team.
  • Be available for your tutors to discuss issues with you both formally in meetings throughout the semester and informally through touching base on the go. 
  • Assessment standards and consistent marking can be assisted by organising a marking bee at the start of each marking period. In a marking bee everyone sits together to mark papers and discuss arising issues before commencing their personal marking load.
  • Check if tutors have access to all they need e.g. photocopiers, computers or safe place to leave confidential material.

Why

Students can loose focus very easily if they are unsure of what is expected of them. Delivering a coherent message as a teaching team reduces confusion and allows for learning to be the main focus.

Tutors have contact with individual students in tutorials that a lecturer in a large class never has. As a result they know what students are struggling with and what their interests are. Making use of this intelligence helps to design more engaging and targeted lectures.

Tutors are better able to deliver a great learning experience when they have the resources to do so.

Examples

  • Encourage tutors to take advantage of professional development opportunities through the Business School's Tutor Development Program. These are not only helpful for delivering better tutorials, but also develop valuable work skills they can benefit from in their careers.
  • Show you care about how the tutors are coping by asking them how they are going. This can be done over the phone, email or by catching up with them.
  • Set out clear expectations for what you wish the tutors to cover in tutorials and ask for feedback on how feasible those expectations are.
  • Encourage tutors to work together in preparing for the tutorials. This can be facilitated by organising a few 'getting ready for next week' sessions at the start of the semester.
  • Meet as a teaching team at least three times a semester - before starting, mid-way evaluation and reflecting on the semester.

Further resources

  • Information for Tutors: Refer your tutors to the information for tutors on this website and encourage them to enrol in the Tutor Development Program.