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The Tutorial Method of Learning

The tutorial method of learning has a long history founded on treating students as individuals and cultivating confidence, critical thinking, ability to work with others, effective oral and written communication and independent learning skills.

We believe in learning through courses tailored to suit each individual; and we focus on individual learning because each student has unique qualities and needs. We also encourage our students to take personal responsibility for their studies and to succeed as independent learners. We are committed to putting students first; fostering self-confidence, responsibility and independence in our students; and promoting accessible learning for all.

Learning is not only about memorising, practising, and examinations. It is also about the ability to reason, debate, and think independently – all attributes that need to be developed for future success at university and in the workplace. Development of these abilities requires you to be challenged through discussion, debate and direct contact with a tutor.

In today’s world, information is increasingly freely available and accessible, and we believe that our method, which focuses on the processing of concepts, ideas and knowledge through discussion and practical activity, is more relevant than ever before.

Often at school you are taught in a large group then given homework to practise and consolidate what you have learnt. In a tutorial environment you will first study independently by reading, problem solving, working with your colleagues, working on projects, attending talks and completing assignments. You should then expect to be challenged to think and discuss your work with your tutor.

The tutorial method is most successful when both you and your tutors meet a number of conditions. The first of which is that you will do the required work and are well prepared prior to the tutorial. You should aim to come to each tutorial having already absorbed the information and knowledge that the tutor will flesh out through discussion. The second is that your tutors should provide regular feedback, both during and after each tutorial. Your tutor should direct the thinking and discussion during the tutorial toward topics and concepts that you are having difficulty with or may not have considered. Feedback during the tutorial will help you challenge your thinking and knowledge; whilst feedback after the tutorial helps you to measure your progress.