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 tuutorointi@trey.fi. 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. It 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 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 November, as exchange students will be arriving at the start of both semesters.

Tutor selection will be made by the subject association or the degree program (or together, depending on your main study campus). 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 or degree programme. If you don’t know who to contact, send an email to tuutorointi@trey.fi.

The international student tutor search has ended for the spring 2021. Due to the extended tutor search period, final tutor selections will be made by 25 April.

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, 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 channel for tutoring organisers are the mailing lists. You can join the internatiional tutoring organisers’ list 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 here!

TREY will remain in close contact with subject associations 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 2020) to facilitate discussion and conveying information. Hovi will communicate bilingually throughout the year.

Tutoring guidebooks

TREY and the university have compiled guidebooks for student tutors to assist them in their work. You can access the 2020–2021 versions below. The guidebooks are updated each spring.

Guide for international tutors in English (.pdf, 3 Mt)

Tutor’s guide in Finnish (.pdf, 6 Mt)