Introduction of Student Tutoring Scheme
Student Tutoring Scheme has been introduced by EE department since 2007/08 that aims to cultivate a peer-assisted learning environment. Senior students with good academic performance are recruited to enhance students' understanding in course materials and improve students' overall learning and reasoning skills.
Two types of tutoring support are provided under the scheme, namely in-class and after-class tutoring. In-class tutoring facilitates peer interaction in tutorial and laboratory and enables diversity of teaching and learning activities with the assistance of student tutors. After-class tutoring extends the learning support by organizing small study groups where student tutors meet with junior students studying in the same course to discuss academic work and share tips on effective learning strategies.
Our objectives are:
- To promote knowledge transfer and experience sharing among students
- To help students develop an active and reflective attitude for learning
- To help students apply effective learning strategies and skills for university study
- To diversify teaching and learning activities with the assistance of student tutors
Becoming a Student Tutor
To be qualified as a student tutor, one must performed well for the chosen courses. In addition, we are looking for senior students with the following attributes:
- Loving heart to help peers succeed
- Good social and communication skills
- Sense of belonging to the department
- Mature mindset and positive attitude towards life, study and works
Invitations of application will be sent to students before the commencement of each semester.
Recognition and Awards
As a part of the scheme, the following awards are presented at the end of the scheme to recognize students’ devoted learning effort and contribution that are greatly valued by both the Department and the University.
- Student Tutor Service Awards
- Significant Improvement Awards
Sharing by Tutors and Tutees
||CHU Tsz Kit, Tutee in 2016/17
“My tutor gave me a lot of insightful hints on studying my year-2 courses. He understood thoroughly about those obstacles that students would normally face, so he could directly show us the best route to overcome them.”
SHI Jiawei, Tutor in 2016/17
“Gradually, a good fellowship has been built between a better me and the better them.”
||SINGH Keshav, Tutor in 2015/16
“Although good fellowship is a great benefit of joining the excellent Peer Tutoring Scheme, something more intangible and amazing I got to learn was how to manage a group of people, having mutual respect towards everyone and how to handle dissent, which is inevitable in any group.”
Gaining Unexpected Learning Experience as a Tutee
CHU Tsz Kit
It has been a year after joining the Peer Tutoring Scheme. At first, I only treated it as an additional tutorial lesson where the teacher switches from professor or teaching assistant to senior undergraduate. I thought my tutor would only cover the teaching materials once again and, perhaps, give me some insights before midterms. Surprisingly, the things that I learnt from this scheme were not only confined to those lecture notes, but also to the way of studying as well as tips for the future career.
My tutor gave me a lot of insightful hints on studying my year-2 courses. He understood thoroughly about those obstacles that students would normally face, so he could directly show us the best route to overcome them. Taking studying EE2000 as an example, chapter 5 onwards about Flip-Flop circuits are particularly difficult in which many students taken this course before got lost. Consequently, tutor could show us an efficient way of understanding the concepts and I could learn faster after following his guidelines. The shared learning experience from tutor helped me a lot, at least getting a B+ in this course. Furthermore, my tutor was willing to give guidelines on other courses. I feel lucky to meet my tutor who spent more time on teaching me the concepts of EE2108 and I got an A+ in this course.
More importantly, my tutor and his friends who are also tutors shared with me the career paths in electronic engineering. This definitely broadened my horizons. Therefore, by joining the scheme, the one you meet is not simply a tutor, but more crucially a career mentor who may change your life.
Pushing Myself to be a Better One
When I decided to join the Peer Tutoring Scheme a year ago, I never thought that I can learn so many things from my tutees. As a tutor, it is more like a part-time internship for me to earn more working experience and money. However, just a very short time after kicking off the scheme, I realized that I am wrong. It is never just a campus internship for me until now.
I realized that it is not easy to be a professional tutor when comparing to be a student tutor assisting lecturers on teaching tutorials. The first difference is the scope of curriculum. In each meeting, tons of questions covering nearly all the courses required in year 2 were threw to me, which I have never experienced when being a student tutor at tutorials. There is no doubt that it was not an easy task to review all the courses I have learned before. The second thing is the passion of tutees. I remember, one year ago, I said in the interview that the most important thing for this job is enthusiasm. Out of my expectation, my tutees were curious and passionate toward what they were studying in. Frankly, I was tired of their questions sometimes but I could not stop finding solution for them because their passion touched me and pushed me to do so.
All of my tutees are really hardworking students. Because of them, I must push myself to be a better one. I cannot have them disappointed or discouraged at my unprofessional performance. Many times, they trusted me and encouraged me even though I felt helpless toward some difficult problems. Gradually, a good fellowship has
been built between a better me and the better them. I would like to say that what I have learnt from joining EE Peer Tutoring Scheme will be an irreplaceable experience in my life. I am glad to meet such a group of excellent “students” when being a first-time “teacher”.
Being a Tutor is Bliss
Being a tutor of Peer Tutoring Scheme has not only been academically enlightening to me but also personally elevating. My name is Keshav Singh, and I am majoring in ECE. I love studying this major and pursuing knowledge relating to this has been a pure bliss to me. Upon sharing my experiences with my fellow tutees, I realized the pursuit of knowledge is even more blissful when it’s shared with others.
Every now and then, within the confines of the classroom, debates about the nuances of academic technicalities ensued between me and my tutees, and that not only deepened my and my tutees’ understanding of the course materials but also made me bond with them. What started as a purely academic enterprise has now evolved into an everlasting friendship with my tutees, transcending the academic realm into leisure activities like playing badminton, going out for dinner, etc.
Although good fellowship is a great benefit of joining the excellent Peer Tutoring Scheme, something more intangible and amazing I got to learn was how to manage a group of people, having mutual respect towards everyone and how to handle dissent, which is inevitable in any group.
I would like to conclude by saying that if anyone wishes to enhance their personality and their sense of belonging to EE department, the perfect opportunity to do so is by joining Peer Tutoring Scheme, either by being a tutor or a tutee.