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. Beginning in 2019, the Student Union of Tampere University has been involved with coordinating and developing student tutoring for all new students in cooperation with student organizations and the university.
Tampere University is responsible for student tutoring, but TREY is tasked with, for example, tutor recruitment and setting up tutor trainings. TREY is in active contact with the tutoring organizers and international organizers in subject associations. At the student union, the tutoring organizer of the board and the tutoring specialist are responsible for tutoring matters. You can ask them for more information about tutoring, the development of the new tutoring model and TREY’s services for tutors.
National student tutoring can be integrated to your degree. Please read more 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 start of their studies. Assistance is needed as the international students arrive to Tampere and 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 defined 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.
Student tutors for autumn 2020 are sought in late-Winter next year. Tutors apply through TREY’s online forms in two separate stages.
- National student tutors: 3 February-16 February 2020
- International student tutors: 24 February-8 March 2020
The tutor selection is done through subject associations and/or degree progammes. Ask your international organizer how the process works at your organization! Especially international student tutoring is still organized in various ways around the university. After the tutors are chosen, TREY will form mailing lists and inform tutors about upcoming events and trainings.
The university will organize multiple training session for all student tutors in the spring of 2020. A detailed schedule and sign-up instructions will be added here once they have been completed. Participation in the trainings is a mandatory part of the student tutoring study modules. The university, however, will ensure flexible participation through a Moodle site, for example.
Cooperation with subject associations
TREY will remain in close contact with subject associations throughout the academic year. Tutoring organizers are part of Hovi and international organizers have their own group. Both of these also have mailing lists and Telegram chat groups to facilitate discussion and conveying information. All new organizers are asked to join these channels.
Please contact TREY’s tutoring sector by sending e-mail to tuutorointi(at)trey.fi. Personal contact info is available on the Contact page.
TREY and the University have compiled guidebooks for student tutors to assist them in their work. You can access the 2019-2020 versions below.