Starting studies in a university of applied sciences means entering a new situation in life, which may entail moving to a new locality away from friends and family back home, taking responsibility for one’s own life and beginning studies that differ in nature from studies in a vocational or upper secondary school. The most important factor that eases studying at the start is interaction with others in the same situation. Other students can provide support and information on studying.

The purpose of student tutoring during the initial phase of studies is to facilitate and support the new student’s integration into and orientation to the UAS community and the new situation in life. It is important for new students to meet their fellow students. The goal of tutoring is to awaken the student’s own activeness and reinforce interaction between the student and the staff of the UAS.

The tutor acts as a bridge between the new student and the staff of the UAS. The new student should learn how to address possible problems and how to solve them. However, the tutor is not a psychologist or a student counsellor, and does not need to know everything. More essential is to know where the information and help can be found. Tutors job is to listen encourage and advise.

The purpose of tutoring is to…

  • be present for the first year students
  • help the new student’s to get friends
  • help new students find their place in the school community
  • improve the grouping of a new group
  • create a positive atmosphere
  • share information
  • introduce a new student to UAS practices and student life
  • encourage to participate in various events
  • create and develop activities for the first year students
  • be the voice of students
  • ensures continuity of tutoring