Make the most of communication - make sure you keep in touch with your tutor and use their feedback.
- Your tutor is there to give you support by phone, on-line or face-to-face.
- Engage with your tutor’s comments & respond to them; make notes based on comments from your tutor; identify at least one thing that will help improve your future work; ask questions on anything that puzzles you.
"When I get stuck I will either ask my tutor over the phone for more practice exercises or for a different explanation to the one in the book."
Chris Renshaw, OU tutor:
"My role as a tutor is to clarify anything that students are not clear on and to develop their study skills such as essay-writing and note making. At tutorials, I make sure that the atmosphere is friendly and open so that they feel they can express their ideas. From my written feedback on assignments, they should feel clearer about how they’re progressing and know exactly what they need to do to improve on what they’re doing."