Tutor training and development
About required training for new tutors and other workshops tutors can do to develop their skills.
The Centre for Academic Development provides training, resources and support to Victoria University of Wellington’s tutors, demonstrators and sessional assistants. Tutors are part-time, limited term contract teaching staff at the University.
Visit the events, workshops and forums page to see a full list of upcoming training sessions and to register.
Tutors and demonstrators are responsible for registering for their own workshops.
Training for new tutors
If you’re new to tutoring at the University, you are required to do three hours of paid introductory training. Most tutors will do the standard three-hour Teaching skills for new tutors workshop.
Computer Science and Engineering tutors do different training—talk to your coordinator.
If you’re going to be marking student reports or essays, you also need to do the marking and feedback workshop.
Teaching skills for new tutors
These three-hour introductory training workshops are run twice a year—in February or March and again in July. They are led by the Centre for Academic Development.
This workshop complements School training and inductions. It covers:
- basic teaching skills
- some concepts about learning
- ice breakers
- getting your students involved
- solutions for common problems tutors encounter
- resources and support available to you at the University.
Marking and feedback
If you're going to be responsible for marking student essays or reports, you need to attend this two-hour workshop. Sessions are generally run during the early weeks of the trimester, when the first pieces of written work are usually due. The training covers:
- basic expectations around marking written work
- moderation processes
- how marking judgments are made
- how to use marking schemes or rubrics
- different ways of providing useful feedback to students
Training for new demonstrators
New demonstrators need to do two or three hours of paid training before they start teaching in laboratories.
You'll need to attend one of the Demonstrator training workshops run by the Centre for Academic Development.
In this workshop, you'll learn basic teaching and classroom skills as well as laboratory specific ones such as:
- asking and answering questions
- formulating explanations for concepts
- dealing with common laboratory problems.
There are usually two demonstrator training sessions scheduled at the beginning of each trimester. If you can't attend one of these then you can go to a tutor training session instead.
The Centre for Academic Development offers a range of other workshops and seminars that will help you develop you learning and teaching skills. You could learn how to handle tricky teaching issues or learn some new techniques to improve your tutorials.
Examples of recent topics include:
- Developing critical thinking in your tutorials: exploring simple strategies.
- Tutoring in culturally diverse learning communities, including inclusive teaching and cultural diversity at the University.
- The tutor's teaching practicum, based on the concept of micro-teaching.
If you attend enough workshops, you may be eligible for a Tutor Training Certificate of Attendance.
Tutor Training Certificate of Attendance
You can earn this by completing a series of tutoring development tasks over two years. To find out what’s involved, contact:
- Download the Tutor Survival Guide for everything you need to know when you start tutoring—from employment matters to teaching tips and information about students at the University.
- Watch a video, produced by Wellington School of Business and Government, about using tutorials to develop a learning community.