Tutor support and resources
Taking your first tutorial can be daunting. Whether you have studied at La Trobe or not, there are certain aspects of learning and teaching at this university that you need to become familiar with.
You need to know the housekeeping - dates, times, forms, deadlines etc. But you also need to develop a sense of the kind of tutor you want to become - how can you make your classes fun and engaging? How can you get to know your students? What style of learning suits your discipline, your students and yourself?
These are all questions you need to consider to guarantee your success and that of your students...
Think of this guide as a tutor's FAQ - What do you need to teach effectively? Where can you find help? and where can you point your students for help if they're struggling?
The Tutoring Bible
Effective Tutoring at La Trobe University: A resource for Tutors, Demonstrators and Facilitators
The overall purpose of this guide is to provide all tutors at La Trobe University with strategies and information that will equip you to more effectively, efficiently and confidently help your students learn. The full document can be downloaded via the chapter pages below.
- Chapter 1: Getting started
- Chapter 2: Making small groups work well
- Chapter 3: Feedback, assessment and marking
Running and improving your tutorials
Technology support and training
You are required to collect feedback from your students on your teaching. All teaching evaluations (including tutoring, demonstrating and workshop) for subjects will continue to be administered by hardcopy.
Peer and self evaluation
While student feedback is an important source of data to draw on to evaluate your teaching, it is not the only source. Your colleagues can also provide you with useful feedback as part of a peer observation of teaching process or through reviewing aspects of your curriculum. As a developmental and collegial process, the peer review of teaching has many benefits.
- Bloom's taxonomy
- SOLO taxonomy, TEDI, Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI), University of Queensland
- Gathering Feedback from your Colleagues, Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Sydney
- Generating engagement and Participation, Tutor Training: Professional Development Online. The University of Melbourne and The University of Sydney, 2007
- Groupwork, Bioassess, The University of Melbourne
Supporting your students
Student Learning and Engagement and the La Trobe Library are a student's first sources of academic support.
Student Learning and Engagement
- Assignment & thesis support
Including the assignment calculator, research tips and writing guidance.
- Library training and workshops
These include academic skills workshops, software training and help with information literacy.
Guides to answer all of your research, learning and discipline questions.
If your students are struggling with their studies or their personal life is having a negative impact, you could suggest one of the following support channels:
- New student support
- Equality and Diversity
- Careers development
- International student support
- Student complaints
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