Provision of suitable arrangements at tutorials or day schools ensures that students can make the most of this important study time
Tutorials are an optional but valuable part of many of our modules. Tutorial support can include face-to-face group meetings or tutorials by phone or online. Face-to-face tutorials usually last about two hours and are held in premises such as a local adult education centre, a university or a further education college. Other tutorials take place online, using forums or audio conferencing software.
Some faculties hold day schools that deal with topics rather than with individual modules. You might then be working with students and tutors you haven't met before, and you might be moving from one group to another. In this way, day schools can be similar to residential schools.
Access to the buildings we use for tutorials and day schools varies considerably, and although we do try to book buildings with suitable facilities, it isn’t always possible. If we know what your needs are, we can tell you if there’s likely to be a problem and try to do something about it. Please give us details of your access requirements when you complete your request form for general equipment and services. If your tutorial room isn’t convenient, we may be able to book another, change you to another group, or offer other arrangements as explained briefly below.
Whether face-to-face or online, tutorials are informal occasions where, with your tutor and other students, you explore aspects of the subject you’re studying. This can mean quite a lot of talking, listening, note taking and group activities.
The nature of tutorials varies according to the subject matter, but the tutor always spends some time talking to the whole group and answering questions. Ideas or issues are often discussed in small groups, perhaps with a report made to the tutor and the rest of the students. For face-to-face meetings tutors may use equipment such as whiteboards, overhead or slide projectors, audio or video players, microscopes and computers.
If you think that you are likely to need special arrangements for tutorials, decide what you need and let us know.
Alternatively, if you would like to discuss your options, please speak to an adviser at your regional or national centre.
We strongly recommend that you take advantage of the tutorials we offer, but we do understand that it might not be possible, so there are alternatives.
If you are eligible for a Disabled Students' Allowance, The Open University will only provide study support that cannot be provided by a DSA. Take the DSA eligibility quiz to see if you are eligible.
You may have quite straightforward requirements for face-to-face tutorials, such as a type of chair, or sitting near the door. Please let us know when you complete the request form for general equipment and services so that we can meet your requirements as far as possible.