The Oxford Tutorial
As well as attending lectures and classes, you will engage with your academic work within the tutorial system which is intellectually challenging and stimulating, and hugely rewarding. A tutorial lasts one hour, and each tutor normally sees students in pairs. It is a highly concentrated hour of discussion and debate, for which you will have prepared in advance. A tutorial assignment may be an essay on a set topic, a problem set or some other kind of assignment. To make the most of this particular way of learning, you will be very motivated, organized and determined. You will develop your independent study skills and learn to debate and defend your ideas.
Tutorials will be with College-employed academics – Fellows, Lecturers and Graduate Scholars. As with all Oxford full-degree course undergraduates, you may also find yourself being tutored by a qualified specialist in other colleges in Oxford.
You will have a Personal Tutor, an academic Fellow, who will assist you on academic matters. You will not sit examinations while you are here, but your termly work and progress will be closely monitored and discussed with you (as it is for all undergraduates). Your contribution to tutorials, including your written work, will form the basis of the report prepared by your academic tutor which will be read to you at the end of each term by your Personal Tutor. College will prepare for your home institution a proper and detailed transcript of your academic attainment. The Director of Studies for Visiting Students will make sure all aspects of your being here fall into place and that you make the most of your time with us.