The purpose of student tutoring is to offer peer support to new students. Starting your studies is an exciting phase in life – during this time, student tutors offer important guidance to the ways of university life. International student tutors also introduce the new student to Finland and student life here.
Tampere University is responsible for student tutoring, but TREY is tasked with responsibilities such as organising tutor recruitment and tutor training. TREY is actively in contact with the tutoring organisers and international organisers in subject associations. At the student union, the tutoring organiser of the board and the Specialist in Tutoring are responsible for tutoring matters. You can ask them for more information about tutoring and TREY’s services for tutors.
Please contact TREY’s tutoring sector by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Personal contact info is available on the Contact page.
National student tutoring
National student tutoring means tutoring taking place in Finnish-speaking degree programmes. Tutoring can be integrated to your degree, please read more on the Students’ guide here. Tutoring Finnish degree students requires fluent Finnish skills.
International student tutoring
International student tutoring is a great way to gain international experience, get to know new people and do some good: as a student tutor for international students, you can ease their culture shock and provide help during the beginning of their studies. Assistance is needed as the international students arrive to Tampere. The tutors help them adjust both to the university community and student life here. To become an international tutor, you need above all an open mind and fluency in a language other than Finnish; other skills related to international tutoring are easy and quick to acquire.
International student tutoring can be integrated to your degree, please read more on the Students’ guide here This is a study module with clearly defined expected learning outcomes and ECTS credits. The module includes training sessions, the actual tutoring work and reporting. The tutors can receive a small monetary compensation for their work and a certificate upon request. By participating in international tutoring, you can also get course credit for the Internationalisation Module of your degree.
Application form and tutor selection
Tutors are sought two times a year. National tutors and international degree student tutors generally have only one application period in February. In addition, exchange student tutors are sought in February and October, as exchange students will be arriving at the start of both semesters.
Tutor selection will be made by the subject association or guild and the degree program. The chosen tutors will be added to mailing lists and they will receive important information on, for example, the upcoming tutor training sessions. If you have questions regarding the tutor selection, please contact your subject association, guild or degree programme. If you don’t know who to contact, send an email to email@example.com.
The international student tutor search round for the Spring 2022 runs between 11-26 October. The application link will be added here. After tutor selection, all the new tutors are asked to join a training session on the 9th of December. More information will be provided to tutors closer to the training.
Timetable of the international student tutor application period
- Mon 11.10.- Tue 26.10. Fill in the application form during the application period from this link!
- Fri 29.10.- Fri 12.11. Tutor selections at the guilds, ESN Into and subject associations
- Mon 15.11. Information concerning selected tutors at TREY
- Mon 15.11.- Sun 21.11. Information on acceptance sent to the new international student tutors
- Thu 9.12. Coaching at 3PM-5PM
Training for international student tutors
All joint tutor trainings in the spring of 2021 will be held remotely on Zoom/Teams. Selected tutors will be informed on these separately. Training recordings and other materials will be made available through Moodle. Please contact us if you are not able to enter the Moodle area.
Tutoring organiser work
A tutoring organiser is a person in a student association or a guild, whose task is to coordinate, plan and execute student tutoring in their association. Organisers have the opportunity to do their work as a part of the tutoring organisers’ course. The course can be completed only once during your studies. The most important communication channels for tutoring organisers are the mailing lists and Hovi telegram group. You can join the international tutoring organisers’ list and Hovi by contacting TREY’s tutoring sector or from the link below. Note that you can also unsubscribe yourself from the list by entering your address in the ‘Unsubscribe’ field and following the instructions.
TREY will remain in close contact with subject associations and guilds throughout the academic year. For students working with student tutoring in their associations, this cooperation happens through Hovi (“Court” in Finnish). All people responsible for either national or international student tutoring are asked to join Hovi. The group has a Telegram chat group (Hovi 2021) to facilitate discussion and conveying information. Hovi will communicate bilingually throughout the year.
TREY and the university have compiled guidebooks for student tutors to assist them in their work. You can access the 2021–2022 versions below. The guidebooks are updated each spring.