SEMINARS & TUTORIALS
|"I liked the opportunity to work one-on-one with the teachers. Not only have I learned a lot, but I've met some fantastic people along the way."|
Small group seminars allow for the presentation of each topic, followed by discussion and student interaction. Seminars take place four times weekly, with group sizes of no more than eight. Reading and written work is set as a follow-up and to provide the basis of further exploration in the tutorials. This student-centred approach offers a high degree of personal attention, student involvement and constructive appraisal of thinking and ideas.
Tutors hold a weekly one-hour individual tutorial with each of their students. Topics and themes are reviewed and discussed in greater depth and students are encouraged to explore those areas that interest them, under the tutor's guidance. They are thus able to reinforce understanding and work effectively and at their own pace. Guidance from a skilled tutor ensures sound assimilation of material and assists students to develop skills as independent learners.
A tutor/student ratio of 1:4 and close contact between tutors and staff enable careful attention to each student. A supportive and inclusive community is created, in which student well-being is a priority. Academic support is provided by the Director of Studies and Residential Deans, who act as mentors to students, assisting wherever help may be needed. Academic and personal issues are given careful attention to enable speedy resolution. One of the strengths of the course is the prompt attention to individual needs. Residential arrangements and supervision are in the hands of Residential Deans, chosen for their empathetic approach to young people and their ability to create a harmonious community of learners. A healthy community needs sympathetic and careful guidance, as well as a clear and simple set of boundaries, and our Deans have the experience, intelligence and appreciation of teamwork to provide this.