Tutoring in Lapland UAS

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 students
  • help the new students to get friends and settle in
  • help students find their place in the school community
  • improve the grouping of a new group
  • create a positive atmosphere
  • share information
  • introduce UAS practices and student life for new students
  • encourage to participate in various events
  • create and develop activities for the students
  • be the voice of students
  • act as student expert


The " Peer tutoring / community efficiency" course is a free-choice elective course and can be completed by working as a campus, online, international tutor or student ambassador (formerly marketing tutor). The completion of the course requires the student to participate in the training according to the assignment. Students who have completed the training can accumulate hours in a diary of their work and receive either 5 or 10 credits for elective studies.

Students cannot enroll in this course, but the course and its credits are entered into the student's study register when the student has returned his/her diary in accordance with the return instructions.

Assessment methods and criteria as a tutor

  • The course is completed by doing tutoring for either 135 or 270 hours.
  • To obtain an assessment and credits, the tutor records all the hours in a diary, writes a final report on the last page of the diary according to the instructions and returns the diary for evaluation.
  • Assessment: Failed / Passed


Niina Piispanen, Project Manager

You can check the current tutors on the website of Lapland UAS.