TUTORIAL SYSTEM OF LEARNING
We are the only summer programme in Oxford which places Oxford University’s unique teaching method - the tutorial system - at the heart of our teaching approach.
All courses are taught in tutorials - students are assigned in groups of 1 to 3 to have intensive daily sessions with their tutors, who are leading scholars and researchers at Oxford University.
Tutorials create intimate and personalised learning environments. Students get the chance to comprehensively examine their chosen subject by interacting with experts in the field. Tutorials introduce students to novel and cutting edge research in their subject areas, provoke challenging questions, or inspire them to think outside of their comfort zone.
Tutorials are highly flexible and feedback-oriented. The content and pace of learning is shaped by the interests and goals of the student. Tutors are also trained to develop students’ thoughts and ideas, enhance critical thinking and communication skills, and identify areas of improvement. Having a direct relationship with tutors also makes the learning fun and engaging.
Our students have consistently found tutorials to be the most enriching component of our Summer Programme.
Keynote lectures are delivered by acclaimed Oxford professors and researchers. The objective of the lectures is to introduce students to the latest debates, discussions, and innovations in their field of study. These lectures also include a Question and Answer session that encourages students to discuss and deliberate on the issues discussed in lectures. The lecturers are encouraged to use a variety of study aids which includes hand-outs, powerpoint slides as well as audio video materials. The majority of lectures are in presentation form, whereas in other cases seminar style is opted. Recent lectures touched upon subjects such as Climate Change, Optogenetics, Information Technology and Moral Values.
International students, especially non-native English speakers, generally struggle with writing well structured, evidence-based and persuasive essays. The summer program, therefore, includes essay counseling sessions aimed at improving critical and creative writing skills among students. The students are introduced to the fundamentals of essay/report writing, developing an argument, applying critical thinking skills to analyse various perspectives on the topic and synthesising these to provide support an argument. The counselling also helps students learn the use of citations and references and avoid plagiarism. The students are expected to write a 2000 word essay during the program. This is marked by their tutors and feedback is provided to identify areas for further improvement.
All tutors and lecturers at the Oxford Institute are scholars and academics at Oxford University. They are trained in the best teaching methods and are actively engaged in research at the forefront of their fields. Our staff members are also dedicated to teaching and mentorship, and will often go out of their way to help, engage and guide their students. We are proud of the excellent quality of teaching staff working with us.