Tutorial accompaniment constitutes a necessary alternative in the framework of higher education. This work starts with a general conceptualization of the tutorial and makes a review of the styles, methods and procedures related to this academic life facet which can effectively contribute to reaching the goals of the present higher education pursuit when it is applied in a coherent and systematic way

Considering the changes that the economy, as well as the legislation, have generated in education, and mainly in those Israeli university programs, it is necessary to generate changing processes on the curriculum conceptualization, the teaching activities and the academic planning, and also to promote tutorial programs to the students, in order to answer the difficulties they confront along the different stages of their lives. It pretends to highlight the main points of the accompaniment tutorial programs that require being adopted and adapted, in order to facilitate an educational service aimed at considering not only the professional training but the personal formation as well.

What is a tutor?

The purpose of a tutoring is to help students help themselves and to assist or guide them to the point where they are independent and successful in their learning. Your tutor will offer you support person to person and will advise you throughout your university career, supporting you in your studies and/or any other situation that you may have. Are you still looking for a university? Make use of the tools available in High Q to facilitate your application process!

This support can take many forms throughout your educational experience, but of course, the greatest responsibility lies with you, the student, to take what has been learned and implement it is the most appropriate way to guarantee your success. Think then of your personal tutor as a map (figuratively speaking) that will guide you in the most important moments of your stay, but will also be available when you need it most. Some of the tasks with which the tutor can advise you are:

  • Help you in your period of adaptation, especially in the time you spend studying.
  • Meet regularly throughout the academic year to help you reflect on your progress and development, both in your studies and in your extra-curricular activities.
  • Advise you on your studies, helping you with any difficulty that you face academically or on a personal level and that may affect your progress.
  • Provide you with references when you go to look for a job or advance in your academic training.

The tutor will be assigned to you shortly after your arrival and will usually be a member of the academic body in your area of study, or at least relatively close. During your first meeting with the tutor, he will surely inform you about his role and how he can help you. If for some reason the tutor does not mention any of the things we talked about earlier, make a note and ask him; not all tutors assume their work in the same way and may have different expectations about the role that a tutor must fulfil.

An advice

Something important to remember during the time you are at your new school is: work is your responsibility. A common mistake of students is that a university or a college resembles the high school, where if you fail to deliver a job or do not deliver it on time, you get into trouble and even receive a punishment. That does not happen often at this level of education. Your tutor and your teachers start from the fact that they are dealing with adults. They will not beat you for being late or criticizing you for missing class. In fact, the role of “teaching” is usually secondary to their research role, professional life or their studies. From the point of view of the tutor, you are responsible for contacting him, organizing his meetings, asking for help and advice, and above all being honest to be able to get the most out of your time. If you do not follow these guidelines, nobody will criticize you. Simply time will pass, as will the opportunity to receive tutoring. It is part of the maturing process that is inherent in university studies, a good lesson in life: you are the only one responsible for your work.

What are the benefits?

At the heart of a university experience is to be able to discuss intellectually with the academic team and fellow students. It is valuable and important when reviewing your academic development throughout your studies. The system also provides you with continuity as you will get to know your teachers and colleagues who can become valuable contacts. Many of the students, regardless of their age, find it necessary to have academic support and a guide throughout their studies. To get the most out of the benefits of tutoring you should:

  • Attend the agreed tutoring sessions.
  • Prepare the sessions according to what is indicated by the tutor.
  • Take responsibility for your learning, reflecting this on your progress and responding to the advice and guidance of the tutor.
  • Take the initiative to contact the tutor as soon as difficulties arise.

A tutor will usually write a letter of recommendation, so it will also be helpful to discuss your professional intentions, ambitions, projects and work experience with him. A wide variety of skills are developed through extra-curricular activities while you pursue your university studies and it is worth consulting these activities with your tutor. The better informed you are the tutor of your development, the more relevant the references you can give to you.

How often should I meet with my guardian?

Of course, this relationship is based on regular contact and building mutual trust. We suggest you agree at least once a semester, but you should also take the initiative and request additional meetings if you have something else you want to talk about. If for some reason you are not assigned a tutor, contact the university to find out if they can help you with the assignment of one. Otherwise, you may be able to find an external tutor; there is a variety of options online or in person, usually at a reasonable cost.