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TDU Support for Tutors


Tutors and demonstrators play a significant role in facilitating students’ learning experiences. CeTTL offers a range of professional development opportunities for tutors and demonstrators. CeTTL support for tutors comprises four main areas:

  • Individual Support: CeTTL provides consultation with individual tutors on all aspects of tutoring practice.
  • Department-based Tutor Workshops: We conduct workshops for tutors in conjunction with convenors at the invitation of departments or convenors.
  • Tutor Day: At the beginning of each semester, we provide a full day cross-campus workshop for the tutors on various aspects of tutoring. It is an opportunity for tutors to share their experiences and learn how to enhance their own teaching practices.
  • Tutor Resources: Online materials and resources are available on various aspects of teaching and learning for tutors to explore.

We provide support for tutor activities in a number of ways:

  • To work with tutors to provide discipline-appropriate tutorials
  • To enhance tutors’ current understandings about effective tutoring practices
  • To provide guidance about what to consider in the tutorial session and the way it should link to the lecture
  • To establish a common understanding of the nature of tutorials and other similar types of teaching interactions and the roles that tutors play
  • To talk through various strategies for small-group discussions and ways to enhance learner engagement
  • To discuss the skills of facilitation
  • To provide an opportunity to think about the nature of tutorials and the role of tutors in their own context
  • To create an awareness about the skills tutors need to develop to succeed in their roles as tutors
  • To develop various ways of incorporating formative assessment strategies to ensure that learning outcomes of the tutorials are met
  • To provide understanding of the importance of effective feedback and the ways feedback mechanisms can enhance student learning
  • To provide an outline of what a typical tutorial could look like with a focus on the need for planning ahead
  • To suggest some teaching strategies to encourage student participation
  • To encourage tutors to think about the nature of the teaching strategies and to consider how the strategies may be used in their own teaching contexts
  • To arrange discipline-appropriate support for demonstrators
  • To provide tutors with an opportunity to identify possible problems and to consider possible ways to manage them
  • To provide some guidance about assessment criteria and marking
  • To inform tutors about the evaluation of teaching and courses scheme to help them reflect on and effectively utilise the evaluation data to improve their teaching

CeTTL support staff for Tutors:


Charlotte Ferry-Parker

The CeTTL support staff for tutors is Charlotte Ferry-Parker and she will provide any kind of support that tutors may require.


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