When you study with The Open University, you'll have the support of a tutor. You will have a new tutor for each module you study.
Your tutors will be experts in their subject who combine their work as tutors with other academic or industry jobs, but some are full time members of staff.
My Open University tutor is incredibly friendly.
The tutor student partnership
Health and social care student Lorna Coelho will always be grateful to her first tutor, Yasar Eltaf. “Without him, I wouldn’t have my degree,” she says. Yasar believes the credit is all hers. “I remember Lorna’s first essay to this day because it needed plenty of work! It’s flattering that she puts some of her success down to me, but she was responsible for her own study, and most of all she had a passion for learning, and that’s a vital prerequisite for success.”
What does a tutor do?
Your tutor is the first person to approach if you have any questions about your course or assignments. They will:
- lead tutorials
- mark assignments
- provide detailed written feedback on your work
- offer support by telephone, email, or computer conferencing.
Your Open University tutorials
As part of your OU studies, you will get to attend tutorials. These are sometimes online, which is useful if you can’t travel, and sometimes face-to-face. Tutorials are an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow students and to get expert teaching from OU tutors. Many modules also have face-to-face day schools, which are longer and give you more of an opportunity to investigate course themes. We do encourage you to go. Tutorials can do wonders for your confidence and communication skills.
How your tutors help you study
My tutor was there for me
I was terrified at first
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Or see postgraduate.