Guided Learning: Tutoring

Content & How to use
As a tutor you can provide expertise, experience, guidance and encouragement for a group of less experienced students. This article provides you the basics on tutoring, but also tips on challenging aspects of tutoring.

1. Introduction on PBL/OGO
As you will be coaching students who work on project-based education (PBL), or in Dutch 'ontwerp gericht onderwijs (OGO)', a basic understanding of what these students will be doing is essential. Watch the video below for a short explanation. 

2. Roles in a Meeting

By assigning different roles to individuals, based on their strengths, this can benefit the performance of a team. Essentially there are four different roles, namely leader/facilitator, arbitrator/monitor, notetaker/timekeeper and devil's adovcate. These are explained more into detail here. If the team members find difficulty in assessing which role suits him/her best, the 16 personalities test can help them provide some direction in what their role is during teamwork. By discussing the results of this test roles can be divided. 

3. Providing Feedback
Some might feel themself uncomfortable when they have to provide feedback. However, the students you are tutoring need adequate and critical feedback in order to be able to develop themselves. Techniques as explained in this short instruction video on peer reviews, will make you more confident in exchanging professional feedback. If you want to learn more about providing feedback, our guided learning page provides additional tips and tricks. Examples of provided tips are;

  • "Give suggestions for change"
  • "Indicate how the behaviour of the other affects you"
  • "Talk about conrete events and concrete behaviour, so provide examples"

4. Cultural Differences
In case you are an international student you might encounter differences in culture in the tutoring sessions. Dutch people are usually considered more direct than other nationalities, but some international students learn from this mindset. As the international student Luo Jun from China stated in a Cursor article;

"Now, I appreciate how direct the Dutch are. It makes things easier and quicker, especially at work when you need to have immediate feedback. I’m more direct now, too."

In case you want to know more about this topics, this blog gives a nice view on how an expat deals with the Dutch directness.

Vincent Merk, specialized in intercultural differences has often written in the Cursor about this topic. Furthermore, this article tells you more about assertiveness.