Student tutoring is peer tutoring. Student tutors are students themselves and they are tutoring other students on a voluntary basis. Student tutor is usually a second or higher year student.
Tutoring is a part of Oulu University of Applied Sciences’ study counselling. Student tutoring focuses on engaging students to their studies, helping new students grouping with fellow students and on making studying in Oamk more enjoyable. Student tutoring is coordinated by the Student Union OSAKO.
Student tutoring is the most active at the beginning of studies and last throughout the first year. Hence, tutors are expected to be available the whole academic year. Tutors are the first link a new student has to Oamk. Tutors welcome new students, tutees, brief them into studying at Oamk and help them adapt to their new life situation. As a result of tutoring, the adjusting process to cultural and other differences is easier. Tutors can also be of assistance in controlling studying skills and by providing support during a hard course.
Every year new students need new volunteers to become a tutor. Everyone who studies in Oamk can apply to be a tutor and participate in tutor training. International tutors guide exchange students and international degree students. The tutoring is done in English.
Foreign students need other students to help them cope with their studies and student life. As an international tutor you will be a friend and a guide. You might be the first person a foreign student learns to know in Finland, and it is your job to make sure that the student gets settled in comfortably and easily.
For you, tutoring is an amazing opportunity to develop your group guidance and performing skills. Tutoring is a great way to to socialize, and as a bonus you can apply study credits after your tutoring has ended. As an international tutor you are entitled to take part in the study course Y00027E International tutoring (3cr). If you continue your tutoring for one more year, you get 5 credits from the Comprehensive Student Tutoring course. In order to get the credits you need to be available the whole academic year. You can apply the credits after finishing your tutoring.
Tutors’ work term is one academic year. In return, tutors get a tutor t-shirt and tutor badge, which are a sign for new students that you are a tutor, and also the study credits. Also, as an international tutor, you gain new friends, learn to know different cultures, get international work experience and improve your language skills.
OSAKO arranges for all active tutors a pre-Christmas party and a spring get-together-evening, where one tutor is selected as an International Tutor of a Year.
Ask more information from your tutors, your field’s tutor representative and OSAKO’s board member responsible for tutoring.
If you are a new tutor, apply to be a tutor with these instructions:
You can apply to be an international tutor by sending an application via e-mail to email@example.com. The application period starts on the 21st of February and ends on the 20th of March 2022. Title your e-mail clearly, for example, “International tutor application”. Write your application in English.
These things must be included in your application:
Please answer also to these questions in free form:
International tutor training takes two days. Training sessions are on weekdays in the afternoon time. Please note, that as a tutor you need to be available the whole academic year.
As an international tutor your tutees will be exchange students and/or international degree students (DIN/DIB). If you wish to be a “normal” tutor for those in Finnish degree programmes, see the Finnish version of this site.
International tutor training is for students who want to tutor new international students. In international tutor training, international tutors learn the basic skills and get the basic knowledge on how to properly tutor. Training materials are also in the Moodle platform.
International tutor training takes two days. Training sessions are on weekdays in the afternoon time.
Training dates for 2022 are TBA.
Also, tutor representatives in your student organization and Oamk international services organize tutor meetings on your campus.