Thursday, 16 December 2010

Tutors tutors tutors!

As every year, TAMK again organises training for students who want to become tutors for international students. Riika Poikela, a present tutor and Student Union TAMKO's board member, advised the tutors-to-be on how to take care of new students and how to help them.

Mr. Brown Onduso, a guest lecturer, talked a bit about culture shock and how it affects people who travel abroad, in this case, how exchange students experience it. Mr. Onduso has himself a lot to tell about experiences in Finland and the stages he went through when he arrived in Finland. Also Kirsi Tolvanen, Head of International Services, and Mirja Onduso, International Coordinator responsible for incoming exchange students were in the meeting.

The tutor training is an absolute "must" for those who want to take the plunge and become tutors. Before helping anyone, the new tutors need to be trained on how to deal with any problem or issue that exchange students might experience. There is no problem too small or too big - students are the best group to help students!

In addition to information on how TAMK and Tampere works, tutors are able to provide the new students with many good tips and - of course - friendship and understanding. Since life abroad can be a tough one for those who haven’t ever been abroad, a tutor is an important person exchange students can turn to.

TAMKO provides a lot of support services, including pick-up services for new arrivals, "survival kits" with linen, kitchenware, towels, and so forth. These have received high praise from all the students, who have benefitted.

Want to become a tutor? Want to get a tutor? Contact TAMKO.

Text: Felipe Ludeña Vaquerizo

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