Personalised learning at Oxford
Oxford's core teaching is based around conversations, normally between two or three students and their tutor, who is an expert on that topic. We call these tutorials, and it's your chance to talk in-depth about your subject and to receive individual feedback on your work.
As well as tutorials, depending on your course you will also have a combination of seminars, lectures, lab work and language classes each week. Students here not only receive a high number of contact hours with academic tutors - but this includes regular personalised contact with them. Together, these opportunities provide the perfect environment for an outstanding education.
Tutorials are central to teaching at Oxford. They offer a very rare level of personalised attention from academic experts.
Tutorials: How does it work?
Usually students have one or two tutorials every week, taking place in their college. Tutorials normally last about an hour, during which the tutor will give you, and typically one or two tutorial partners, feedback on prepared work on a particular topic. They may also use the opportunity to introduce a new topic and discuss this. At the end of the tutorial, your tutors will set a new piece of work for you to get ready for the next. During the following week you will be expected to work independently to complete this.
Adam said, "Each week I was required to complete one or two several thousand word essays, ticking off sources from the reading list as I went by. I was encouraged to read beyond the facts, to make my own assumptions and to prove and disprove theories. Another shock was for me that now - for the first time - my opinion actually mattered. Rather than simply regurgitating the textbook, tutors were asking me what I thought."
A tutorial relies on the exchange of ideas so you need to be ready to present and defend your opinions, accept constructive criticism and listen to others. Such regular and rigorous academic discussion develops and facilitates learning in a way that just isn't possible through lectures alone. Tutorials are a fantastic way to explore ideas and get new perspectives. They develop your ability to think for yourself – an essential skill for academic success and something that the best employers look for in Oxford graduates. Regular tutorials also allow for close progress monitoring so tutors can quickly provide additional support if necessary.
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