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Tutorials are typically reserved for students in their junior or senior year who are “on Plan”—conducting research and producing written or artistic work related to their Plan of Concentration.

Philosophy professor William Edelglass discusses work with a student during a tutorial.Students take the lead on developing tutorials, determining the subject matter focus and scope of work involved. Faculty members serve more as facilitators, offering input and insights in response to the student’s tutorial structure and output.

Students and faculty typically meet weekly for tutorial sessions. The number of credits awarded per tutorial varies and is determined by the faculty member and student in consultation.

There are several types of tutorials. They include:

Introductory tutorials – These serve to prepare students for the particular research, writing, and artistic production skills they need as they progress toward the creation of their Plan work. Tutorial activities may include overview research, bibliography building, and outlining a blueprint for future work.

Group tutorials – These are for several students working on similar subjects, and often involve students presenting work to each other for critique and shared learning. Group tutorials also serve as an opportunity for students to help each other develop their Plan writing.

Satellite tutorials – These are directly connected to a listed course offering and allow students to participate in the course while delving deeper into a related subject through research or some other type of project.

Individual tutorials – These one-to-one tutorials are a prime venue for Plan research, writing, and artistic production, particularly during a student’s senior year. Student-faculty meetings rely on the student taking the lead on inquiry development and being well prepared, with regular progress to show for their work.



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