How thoughtful, content-rich tutorials can help science students learn
Posted by: University of Pretoria
07 January 2019
Learning isn’t a spectator sport. Students need to make what they learn a part of their everyday lives, and tutorials are an excellent way to achieve this at tertiary level. When properly designed, tutorials can be spaces where students, who are grouped in smaller numbers, can be guided to make sense of the work, practise their skills, cultivate critical thinking and learn from and with one another.
Tutorials were initially used in numeric subjects and were practice sessions to work out problems. They’re now part of many more disciplines, and formats vary – in a language subject, for example, a tutorial could entail speech practice. At Cambridge and Oxford universities, they are fundamental to the teaching method. This is also where it all started, in the 15th century.