In all Faculty of Humanities programmes, tutoring is part of the academic student counselling. The function of tutoring is to provide structural feedback on study habits, performance and choices and to promote the social cohesion between students and the programme.
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 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's primary task is to discuss your study progress and choices and feedback based on these. The tutor also plays an important role in referring you on to the study adviser in the event of severe study delays, (second) language problems or financial and personal problems.
You will have two to three meetings with your tutor during your propaedeutic year.
The first meeting will deal with your expectations of the programme, your study progress, marks achieved and potential hurdles. You will also discuss the transition to the second semester, the content of the curriculum, the binding advice regarding continuation of studies (BSA) and the other entry requirements for courses in the second year.
Your grade point average will also be discussed during your second tutor meeting. During this phase, you will have received academic advisement from the programme that you can discuss with your tutor. This discussion can also touch upon your use of general elective credits, possible plans for studying abroad, internship or an honours programme. If you have disappointing academic results, you discuss the possible causes for this and how realistic it is for you to continue on with the programme.
During the second and third academic year, you will have one or two meetings per year with your tutor.
The goal of these meetings is to once again reflect on study choices, expectations, study progress and potential hurdles. You will also be encouraged to gear your course selection to your interests and future perspectives.
In the second year, the tutor will discuss with you your choice of specialisation courses and electives, as well as any plans you might have for studying abroad or doing an internship.
In the third year, your study progress and any study delay will be addressed, as well as the preparation for your thesis. Have you already begun thinking about a topic and what would be potential hurdles to writing the thesis? Do you already know what you want to do after earning your Bachelor’s degree? Do you want to enter the jobs market or work towards a Master’s?
Each student has a digital record that can be both consulted and updated during the tutor meetings. The information from the intake form that you completed when you began the programme serves as the basis for the student record.
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.
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.