‘Tutor’ has a special meaning at UCU. UCU tutors combine aspects of the work of ‘academic mentor’ (tutoren) and ‘curriculum advisors’ (studieadviseurs). Like ‘academic mentors’ elsewhere, UCU tutors are scholars with an academic background that makes them well qualified to provide guidance to students making plans for their academic future and help them reflect on their performance and goals; like ‘curriculum advisors’, UCU tutors have an understanding of specific program requirements and special circumstances that can affect a student’s progress through the program and can provide guidance and support accordingly.

In sum, our top priority is to guide you in making choices that are in line with UCUs rules and regulations and reflect your academic goals and personal aims and ambitions. We counsel you about your academic options (including but not limited to the UCU curriculum), about determining priorities, and about keeping your performance in line with your goals. When necessary, we guide you with referrals to other experts at UCU or elsewhere.

The better your tutor knows you, what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want to achieve, the better s/he can advise and guide you. Invest in your relationship with your tutor by being open about who you are and who you want to become. Prepare for your tutor meetings. Engage actively in discussion with your tutor, and respond honestly to suggestions that your tutor may make. Your tutor’s guidance is only as good as the information you provide!

Your tutor is the gatekeeper for your individual UCU curriculum, so you are required to meet with your tutor before you can apply for things like exchange, minors, off-campus courses, or exceptions to program requirements. Structural mandatory midterm meetings are scheduled in the weeks after mid-term break. These allow for reflection on your academic progress so far, your plans and how the courses on offer in the consecutive semester(s) will best contribute to your curriculum. During an additional development reflection meeting, you and your tutor will evaluate your development so far and your future ambitions. Forms to prepare for these structural meetings are available at Student Portfolio.Your tutor may also require you to come in on other occasions depending on the situation. You can request additional meetings with your tutor throughout the semester as desired.

 

During the regular semesters, tutors hold weekly office hours in proportion to the number of students in their tutorial charge (typically between 33 and 44 students). Tutors are also available by appointment and by e-mail at other times during the work week, but there is no such thing as a full- time tutor. Since tutors are scholars, they combine tutorial work with other academic and professional activities at UCU or elsewhere. Tutors’ current office hours and contact information can be found by visiting your tutor's profile page. Tutors hold more limited office hours during the summer term, and may not be available at all during mid-term breaks and winter and summer vacation. Be sure to keep your tutor’s availability in mind when making plans that could benefit from your tutor’s input.

No: during the midterm meeting your tutor discusses your course choices for the next semester with you and puts your requests to the registration committee who will take into account all the course requests and who will consider you for placement accordingly. The registration committee (comparable to the ‘plaatsingscommissie’ of other UU programs) grants places to students on the basis of class size and priority categories (see course registration and placement). Your tutor also discusses alternative courses with you in case you cannot take one of your preferred courses (for example, if its schedule conflicts with another course, if you do not qualify for it, or if class size limits or priority considerations prevent placement in it). If you cannot take a preferred course in a particular semester, your tutor helps you revise your curriculum plan so that you can still meet your personal goals and UCU graduation requirements on time. After consulting their tutor, students are responsible for any subsequent course change requests, to be submitted through an online waiting list.

You do not need additional guidance about specific disciplinary choices at UCU: these have already been mapped out for you by department heads, fellows and track coordinators. What you need is help in defining and consolidating your goals, and in identifying which options and opportunities, in the classroom and beyond it, are in line with those. Disciplinary advisors focus on promoting their specific disciplines, while your UCU tutor focuses on YOU, and your personal path through UCU’s liberal arts and sciences program. Your tutor’s guidance takes your individual goals and situation into account, helping you fill your curriculum in ways that complement your disciplinary interests.

If at all possible, yes. Continuity allows for you and your tutor to both keep working on your tutoring relationship from semester to semester – something we greatly value at UCU. It also allows you both to invest in learning about you and your strengths and interests, and to help you reflect on your progress over the years. Hence, we try to maintain continuity in tutorial care. Sometimes, though, individual circumstances do make transfer to a new tutor necessary; in such cases, the senior tutor for student academic affairs facilitates any necessary changes, taking into account individual circumstances whenever possible.

The senior tutor for student academic affairs, UCU's head tutor, and the student life officer are all available to help students with matters that they would rather not discuss with their own tutor.

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