Tutorials are central to study at Oxford. They give you the chance to discuss your subject with an expert in the field. Your tutor monitors your academic progress, provides individual support and encourages you to develop to your full potential.
Regular meetings with approachable tutors ensure that you never fall behind and are given individual help if needed.
Tutorials usually take place twice a week in your first year though this may vary later depending on the options you choose. It’s up to you to research and prepare for tutorials, often by writing an essay or solutions to set problems. You meet your tutor, usually with one or two other students, to discuss your work in the tutorials. The aim is to review your answers or theories and explore ideas that arise in discussion.
A tutorial relies on the exchange of ideas so you don’t need to be experienced in debating – just ready to present and defend your opinions, accept constructive criticism and listen to others. Tutorials develop your ability to think for yourself – an essential skill for academic success and something that the best employers look for in Oxford graduates. As well as overseeing your studies, college staff are responsible for your welfare.
Watch an example of an English tutorial.