Tutor Training

Tutor training is offered for postgraduate students who take on teaching and demonstrating roles at the university. We offer four different kinds of workshops. Workshops are offered twice a year, just prior to the start of each semester.

Facilitators: Erik Brogt, Julie Wuthnow, Trevor Nesbit

Training SessionsDate, Time & Location

Basic tutor training

This session is aimed at new tutors and demonstrators without
prior teaching experience and covers general teaching
techniques, large and small group teaching, creating a positive
classroom climate and classroom management, question
asking / answering strategies; typical scenarios that
tutors / demonstrators may face in their teaching duties and intervention strategies.

All sessions run 10am-12pm 

Mon 15 Feb, Jack Erskine 101

Tue 16 Feb, Jack Erskine 101

Mon 22 Feb, Ernest Rutherford 141 (Enrolments open after 15 Feb)

Tue 23 Feb, Rehua 329 (Enrolments open after 15 Feb)

Advanced tutor training

This session is aimed at those who have completed the basic tutor
training or experienced tutors. We discuss in more depth topics
around the responsibilities of tutoring, engaging students,
techniques to make student thinking visible, and creating and
maintaining culturally inclusive and safe learning environments. 

All sessions run 10am-12pm

Fri 19 Feb, Jack Erskine 101

Thu 25 Feb, Beatrice Tinsley 112


Lab supervision and problem-sets sessions

This session is aimed primarily at students in engineering and
science who supervise undergraduate students in labs or tutorials
aimed at solving (mathematical) problem sets, but who do little
whole-class teaching. The focus is on working with individual
students and small groups. Topics include managing and setting
expectations, question asking strategies, approachability,
facilitation of appropriate group dynamics, and the creation of
emotionally and physically safe learning environments. Note that
this workshop does not include lab health and safety.

This session has some overlap with the Basic Tutor Training
workshop, so students should not enrol in both. 

All sessions run 10am-12pm

Wed 17 Feb, Jack Erskine 101

Wed 24 Feb, Rehua 329

Remote Tutoring Workshop

This is a newly designed workshop aimed at tutors conducting tutorials online. The workshop covers the difference and similarities of traditional face-to-face and online tutorials, the technical set-up of online tutorials, setting and managing expectations, and practical online facilitation skills.

A sessions run 10am-12pm 

Thu 18 Feb, Jack Erskine 101

Fri 26 Feb, Beatrice Tinsley 111 (Enrolments open after 18 Feb)