Tutorials | The University of Edinburgh

Tutorials | The University of Edinburgh

October 9, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


My name is Evie Carroll, I’m a second year
studying International Business. My degree subject is made up of tutorials, lectures,
and independent learning. And today I’m going to speak about tutorials.
Before each tutorial we’re asked to prepare in advance. We’re usually given a reading
lists which we have to complete before each tutorial. We are given websites to look at,
e-journals to look at. And we have to prepare by writing our notes down. In every tutorial
there’s about five to fifteen students, and these are led by the tutors, which are
usually Masters or PhD students. And then when we come into the tutorial we are put
into small groups and we are asked to discuss our ideas, generate new ideas, and then feed
back to the class. During our tutorials there’s lots of support
given. Our tutors are there so that we can ask questions at any time. We also have our
peers there which we can also ask questions to. If we need help before the tutorial we
can email in any of the tutors and they’ll provide you with help.
The difference between lectures and tutorials is that in lectures you usually have about
two hundred to three hundred students, whereas in tutorials it’s about five to fifteen
students, which allows you to discuss matters, put your hand up, and talk to your tutors
about any difficulties you may have with the subject.
The skills that I have developed through participating in tutorials is time management, critical
thinking, being able to work better in a group, and improving my confidence to speak up in
a group. At the end of a tutorial each group will have
to feed back on what they’ve been discussing throughout the tutorial, so this may consist
of having to present to the rest of the students in the class, and it allows me to improve
my group working skills. And also working in a group allows us to generate more ideas,
and discuss the topic in more depth. The advice I have for potential University
of Edinburgh students to make the most out of your tutorial sessions is to complete the
reading that you’re given by your tutors beforehand. This will enable you to discuss
more in groups and generate more ideas. It’s also beneficial to put up your hand and develop
your confidence so that you can have better discussions in class.