Academic Assistance on Delivery
How did the tutorial system start? Have you ever wondered where, when and how the tutorial system commenced? The tutorial method of teaching, where students are taught individually or
in very small groups of two or three, developed as the collegiate system in Oxford and Cambridge Universities was established. Teaching has existed in Oxford since the 11thcentury and the role of tutors was documented in the 15th century, when Oxford tutors were described as “having responsibility for the conduct and instruction of their younger colleagues” (Moore, 1968). Thus, the early role of the tutor was both pastoral as well as academic.
Tutorial as the Support System of Modern Education
The tutorial today still maintains its distinctive role in education as what Oxford and Cambridge aimed. Described as the “jewel in the crown” (Palfreyman, 2008) of British education, the tutorial is the focus of much praise as the foundation of an Oxbridge education and the educational system of most of the widely acclaimed universities all over the world. In the last decade, multiple studies have been conducted exploring the unique learning benefits of the tutorial method. As the present university website states, it is through the tutorial system that students develop powers of independent and critical thought, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and skills in both written and oral communication and argument.
Home-based tutoring system has the following benefits that the students can maximize:
1. Home based tutorial maintains a one-on-one tutorial approach.
2. Students receive individualized instruction tailored to fit their learning styles as well as their distinctive needs and gifts, or strengths and weaknesses.
3. Home based students can move through their course work at their own pace - a student who struggles can go more slowly, a very bright student can cover the material as quickly as he or she can master the content.
4. Parents can take part in choosing the academic materials that they think will perfectly fit their child’s need.
5. Home based tutorial allows for more flexibility in a student’s schedule, in the teaching methods used, in the time spent with individual courses, with the materials used for course work, and for students to be involved in real life activities.
6. The time alloted for tutorial will surely be maximized.
7. Since there is less wasted time, the student will have time left over in the day to explore other interests or pursue the development of special talents or skills. Meaning, they can still avail of other types of tutorials which can aid in honing or acquiring other skills (eg. music, sports, arts, and more.)
8. The schedule is flexible as long as the tutor is available at the student’s desired time. This advan-tage gives the student a less stressful and more relaxed teaching and learning environment.
9. The students are regularly and more involved in the activities during the session.
10. The student is more focused on studying for there are less interruptions.
11. Individuality is encouraged; home based tutorials drive the learner on how to think for themselves, and how to think critically.
In addition, Eureka created a tutorial program which fits to each student’s abilities and learning style. The Center also has an extensive library of resources and hand-on materials that a student can use to better understand his or her subject matter.
Eureka serves elementary, middle and high school, and college-level students.