Tutoring is trusteeship at its finest, and an important component of JAMKO’s activities. Student tutors act as peer instructors for students, and as guides at the beginning of studies and during studies. As older students, the tutors have the privilege of sharing experiences and knowledge about questions on new students’ minds, and of introducing the new students to each other, their new study environment and the student life of Jyväskylä. Tutoring takes place all year, but is more intensive during periods when new students arrive, at the start of the fall and the spring semesters. All tutors are recruited and trained by the student union. Every student has the right to have a tutor. Tutors will be assigned to new student at the beginning of their studies. If this is not true in your case, please contact the student union!

Being a tutor

The advantages of tutoring for students starting their studies are great, but so is the experience the tutor her/himself accumulates. By becoming a tutor for incoming students, a student develops skills valued in working life: leadership skills, problem solving, confidence to appear in public and the ability to deal with different people under varying circumstances. The fact that a student has tutoring experience can be influential in applying for a job. Upon request, the tutors receive a tutor diploma, which is valued by prospective employers. Tutoring is also a study module, so it provides a nice amount of study credits as well.

Tutors represent the student union in everything they do. Tutors also act as important links between the JAMK University of Applied Sciences and its new students. Instructing and guiding new students is communication between the student union and the students. Every tutor gets to know the practices of the student union and JAMK better. What is most appealing is that tutors get to network amongst themselves and to establish friendships, which can be life-long, with students of their own field and other fields.

Tutoring is managed by:

  • Board member responsible for peer tutoring: tutor(a)jamko.fi
  • Board member responsible for international tutoring (degree and exchange students): kvtutor(a)jamko.fi
  • Board member responsible for multiform tutoring and mentoring: monimuoto(a)jamko.fi
  • Advisor, guidance and well-being: ohjaus(a)jamko.fi

Peer tutoring

Who else than a more experienced student, called a peer tutor, would be better at offering advice on how to orient to student life? Peer tutors work to help and support the new degree students of the Finnish-speaking degree programmes, especially at the start of their studies.

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Degree tutoring

Degree tutors are students of the English-language degree programmes, who provide support for students of their own degree programmes. They introduce students to student life and the new situations in which students will end up while studying, help the new students to meet new people and to get to know the strange city.

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International tutoring

An international tutor is a degree student of JAMK University of Applied Sciences, who takes care of the peer support of incoming exchange students. International tutors help exchange students with practical matters and with the beginning of their studies, usually already before the exchange students themselves arrive in Finland.

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Where could one search for similar peer support and experience-based help which the tutors provided at the beginning of studies? Mentors are students, who are trained to act as peer instructors for students who have completed their first year of studies. Mentors help their fellow students through their own experience and the training they have received.

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