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.
Adapting to new environments, an institute of higher education and the city of Jyväskylä, and learning to use the tools used in studies are no easy tasks to complete alone. In every degree programme there are knowledgeable are trained peer tutors, who help you both with general issues relating to studies and give you concrete tips on issues related to your own degree programme.
Tasks of a peer tutor
The most important task of a tutor are to provide peer support to all students, and to help the students with the challenges they meet and questions they have. Peer tutors do not perform any miracles, but they are trained to do their best to promote a comfortable study community, and to help students to adapt to new situations. If they do not themselves know the answer to the problem, they know how to find the correct information.
Peer tutors introduce themselves to the new students right at the beginning of their studies. You might even recognize some faces from the entrance examinations. In small groups, led by the tutors, new students get to discuss confidentially with their peers. In addition to the peer tutors, tutor teachers, with whom the tutors collaborate, help and and provide support for the new students.
Peer tutors participate actively in the tutoring teams, led by the tutoring correspondent of the JAMKO board, in which topical issues relating to tutoring are discussed, tutoring activities planned and experiences shared. Peer tutors also collaborate closely with their own study field association’s tutoring responsible.