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.
Rebecca explains on the video below why tutoring is important for new students.
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 email@example.com. 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 daily language skills in English; 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.
There are two kind of international tutoring at Tampere University:
- International tutors in degree programmes support new students in English-taught degree programmes to integrate into the university community and studies.
- International tutors for exchange students help exchange students coming to Tampere for a semester or academic year to get acquainted with Finnish study culture.
Application form and tutor selection
Anton, an international student tutor, tells below on the video why you should join the group of tutors, too!
Tutors are sought three times a year. National tutors and international degree student tutors generally have only one application period in January-February. In addition, exchange student tutors are sought later in spring and autumn, 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 programme. The chosen tutors will be added to e-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Search for tutors spring 2023
The application period for international and national degree programme tutors was 23 January – 6 February, and the application period for exchange student tutors was 13 – 26 March. The tutors have been selected in our associations, and the tutor trainings have been held in cooperation by the university and TREY.
Please note that all tutors are expected to take part in tutor trainings. Tutor training for tutors of degree students in English online (same content, participate in one):
- Thursday 23 March 2023 at 3-5 PM
- Friday 31 March 2023 at 10-12 AM
Intercultural training for all international tutors (same content, participate in one):
- Wednesday 10 May 2023 at 3-4 PM on the city centre campus in Pinni B1100
- Thursday 11 May 2023 at 3-4 PM on the Hervanta campus in Kampusareena A223
Tutor selections will be made by subject associations, guilds and degree programmes after the conclusion of the application period. Follow your e-mail in case you are invited to an interview. Some of the subject associations and guilds choose their tutors through interviews. Chosen tutors will be notified. The Welcome Week for new students starts on 21 August when all tutors are also expected to be present in Tampere.
Successful tutoring will result in student well-being. Come along to do important work!
Work of tutoring organiser
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.
Join the international tutoring organisers’ mailing list in the lists.tuni.fi -service here!
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 (the word “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 2023) to facilitate discussion and conveying information. Hovi will communicate bilingually throughout the year.
TREY and the university use Tutor’s Guides created by Kupla-project. Please find the Tutor guide in your preferred language below.
Skillful tutor – Exercise book for student tutors