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Tutoring Master's programmes

Tutoring is an integral part of the academic student counselling in all Faculty of Humanities programmes.

The function of tutoring in the Master's programmes is to:

  • inform students about possibilities and choices during the programme;
  • promptly identify possible delays of study completion;
  • assist students with their career orientation;
  • refer the student on to, for example, a study adviser.

Each student is assigned a lecturer as tutor who discusses study progress in individual meetings and occasionally in group meetings. Students are invited to these meetings by their tutor or study career coordinator from their programme.

  • The tutor's role and responsibilities

    The tutor is the first point of contact for questions regarding curricular aspects of the programme. A tutor fulfils a distinctly different role than the study adviser or Student Psychologist in that he or she is a lecturer with knowledge of the course content.  

    The tutor is primarily responsible for discussing your study progress, and the possibilities and choices within your programme. The tutor can also help you prepare for the phase after graduation by, for example, assisting you with career orientation. In addition, the tutor plays an important role in referring you on to the study adviser in the event of severe study delays or financial and personal problems.

  • Tutoring arrangement

    Tutoring is arranged differently for each of the Faculty’s Master’s programmes. The most common arrangements are: an interview and/or introductory meeting, followed by one or two individual or group meetings. You may of course initiate a meeting with the tutor yourself as well.

  • Student record

    In most programmes there is a digital record that can be consulted and updated during the tutor meetings. Over the course of your academic career the tutor, the study career coordinator and the study adviser complete this record with the credits you have accrued, your examination results, as well as notes, academic schedules, evaluations and advice.

  • Confidentiality

    The tutor always treats the information you share with him or her confidentially. 
    No report is made of confidential information (such as matters that are personal in nature). If this information is relevant to your study progress, the tutor will only report that there are ‘personal circumstances’ and indicate whether the student has been referred to the study adviser.

  • After your Master's: Career orientation

    The start of your career begins with orientation: what are you looking for, what are your capabilities and competencies, and what opportunities are out there? The tutor can help you prepare for life after graduation, but you can also consult the career advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre for information, workshops and individual vocational counselling.