Tutoring is an activity in which students, generally of higher years, direct their colleagues, help them in the everyday dilemmas of study life and advise them in their studies.
- need help in mastering the study content?
- need any help at the beginning of your study?
- wonder where to obtain literature?
- wish to know how demanding certain courses are?
- wonder how lectures and practical classes are carried out?
- wonder how to study for an individual course?
- need an additional explanation for certain contents of a course?
A tutor offers help, answers questions and helps you to overcome obstacles!
Student' Tutoring at the Faculty of Administration
Rules on tutoring
The Faculty of Administration of the University of Ljubljana is a modern faculty and one of the first to develop tutoring following the renovation of study processes in accordance with the Bologna Declaration with the aim of guiding students from enrolment to diploma and making them independent in their studies and career path selection.
The Faculty of Administration has formed the following tutoring systems:
- introductory student' tutorship for new students,
- course student' tutoring,
- student' tutoring for compulsory practice placement (internship),
- student' tutoring for students with special status,
- student' tutoring for foreign students,
- scientific research tutoring.
Introductory student' tutoring for new students was introduced at the Faculty of Administration in the 2004/2005 academic year. Tutors offer students help in several areas: they try to ease their transition to the university environment, help them to solve problems connected with the socioeconomic situation and encourage them to acquire extracurricular knowledge.
In the 2006/2007 academic year the Faculty introduced student' tutoring for foreign students in order to provide foreign students assistance in overcoming cultural differences and adapting to their new environment, and student tutoring for compulsory practice placement (internship), in which students that have already attended practice placement (internship) and gained certain experience help colleagues that are attending practice placement (internship) for the first time. Tutor assistance takes place in the form of e-learning.
In the 2007/2008 academic year the student' tutoring for courses was added to the abovementioned forms of tutoring; it is intended for students as additional help in the understanding and mastering of the study contents of individual courses; student' tutoring for students with special status was also added with the intention of enabling their fast adaptation and successful inclusion into student work and student life.
In the 2008/2009 academic year scientific research tutoring was introduced as organised guidance for students through the entire research process, from the outline to the solution of a research problem.
The Faculty organises seminars, monthly motivational meetings and other forms of education for the training of tutors.
All individual forms of tutoring are mentored by the teacher tutors.
The student tutors, teacher tutors and coordinators are united in the Tutor Council. The Tutor Council discusses and decides on issues of tutor work and on planning, implementing and reporting. The Tutor Council accepts an annual report on tutor work at a regular annual meeting and prepares the annual work plan for the coming year, which is approved by the Senate. The Tutor Council is managed by the higher education teacher in charge of study and student affairs. The technical assistant for tutoring takes part in the work of the Tutor Council.
A student tutor is a student of any study programme being implemented in the current academic year who meets the conditions of the call for applications and has been chosen in the call for applications and appointed by a decision of the Faculty Senate for the current academic year. At least once a year, no later than on 31st October for the current academic year, the Faculty issues a public call for applications, which can be applied to by students who wish to participate in one of the forms of the tutoring system. A commission, appointed by the Dean, performs selection interviews with the candidates. In making its selection, the commission looks for a positive attitude towards tutoring, knowledge of the operation of the Faculty, its study programmes and broader student issues, and communication skills. It submits its proposals to the Senate, which appoints the tutors.
The basic tasks of tutors are:
- implementing tutorship lessons,
- communicating with students via e-mail,
- elaborating semi-annual and annual reports on their work, which contain the number of tutorship lessons conducted and questions frequently asked by students or
- writing a journal, based on which they prepare a report on their work.