The College offers a variety of tutorials and this feature of College life is one of the most important benefits offered to its members. First-year students in particular will find the College Tutorial System helpful during the period of adjustment to tertiary studies. Do bear in mind the fact that College tutes are different from, yet complementary to, tutes at university. You are not being assessed, for instance. College tutes are usually more flexibly structured, allowing for different streams of discussion and more of a Q&A approach than may happen in some university tutes. While attendance at tutes will not guarantee a pass, there is a significant correlation between passing a course and attending College tutorials in that course.
The program is organised and co-ordinated by the Director of Academics and Careers. Generally speaking, if there are two or more students who require help in a particular course, a tutorial will be organised. This may also be done in cooperation with other Colleges, in particular St Leo’s, Women’s and St John’s, and the timetables are published via Google Calendar.
First-year students are strongly encouraged to attend tutorials in as many of their courses as possible. Other students are encouraged to attend tutorial groups relevant to their level of study. If a student has any questions with regard to tutorials, she is advised to speak with the Director of Academics and Careers as soon as she can. A roll of attendance is taken at each tutorial. This record is kept by the Director of Academics and Careers and the Head of College is advised of any concerns with student progress. Students who do not regularly attend tutorials cannot reasonably expect tutors to make themselves available to assist them near examination time.
The Director of Academics and Careers also provides academic support to complement tutorials and to help students with any academic difficulties they may face, such as:
- adjustment to academic study at University
- choosing courses/subjects/units and a program/degree
- making decisions about changing programs, taking leave of absence or deferring or withdrawing from academic courses
- communicating with tutors and lecturers
- preparing for examinations and other forms of assessment
- applying for deferred examinations due to sickness, family troubles or other emergencies
- applying for supplementary assessment
- appealing against academic and administrative decisions.
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