Articles and videos for distance tutors and students on tutoring and studying in distance learning

FOR TUTORS

TEST YOURSELF (AND YOUR INSTITUTION)!

Rate yourself as a student adviser! Take the STUDENT ADVISER ANALYSER test (entirely confidential) Click here to download this file

Is your institution a ‘Darwinista’ ‘Fatalista’ or ‘Retentioneering’ institution? Rate it using this questionnaire!
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JUST FOR FUN

Generate your own educational jargon phrases for writing project proposals etc! Try the Stochastic Answer Generator (you may need to allow macros) Click here to download this file


FOR SERIOUS - GUIDES AND VIDEOS

'Phone Support Guide' - a guide to supporting distance students by phone Click here to download this file

'Proactive Motivational Support' - a guide to using proactive motivational support to enhance distance student retention. Click here to download this file

'Motivational emails' - a guide to using email messages to stimulate learning motivation. Click here to download this file

'All Together' - a guide to short skill and motivational activities in face-to-face tutorials Click here to download this file

'All Together Online' - a guide to short skill and motivational activities in online computer conferences Click here to download this file

The ‘StudyAid’ pack
The StudyAid Pack is a set of ten short leaflets that tutors or advisers can send to students at particular points, either by post or as email attachments. The leaflets cover common students issues such as getting help from their family, getting together with other students, missing an assignment, failing an assignment, experiencing study problems, dropping out, getting behind with studies, exam stress, failing an exam and so on.
They are written in general terms and can be freely adapted to a particular institution’s needs and circumstances.
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'A guide to setting up a motivational mentoring scheme for students'
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VIDEO - ‘Face to Face Tuition’ - a 20 minute video about the role and practice of face to face tuition in open, online and distance learning, made at the UK Open University.
Part 1 consists of a presentation about face to face tuition, an interview with a tutor and a tutorial with a commentary.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbDcXqK2c8A
Part 2 consists of a video of an extended tutorial without a commentary.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP-S0nkNm2c

VIDEO - ‘Counselling in Open Learning’ is for anyone who offers information, advice, guidance and counselling to students in Open and Distance learning. It covers the skills of counselling both face to face and by phone with examples (14 minutes approx.)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzd9Q2UDtZE

See also 'Supporting Students in Online, Open and Distance Learning' and 'Student Retention in Online Open and Distance Learning' on the 'Books' page.

FOR STUDENTS

The ‘Ten-Minute Student’ - a short how to distance study guide
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'Managing your procrastination' Click here to download this file

'World's shortest guide to catching up with studies' Click here to download this file

'Make lists' - organising study Click here to download this file

'A formula for success' Click here to download this file

'Are you a lucky student?' Click here to download this file

'Are you an incrementalist or an entitist?' Click here to download this file

'Suffering Loss of Will to Go On?' Click here to download this file

'Self -discipline and study' - the 'Pomodoro Technique' Click here to download this file

See also 'Studying at a distance: A guide for students' by Christine Talbot (Mc Graw Hill, 2010) www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0335238068.html