Students normally take between two and four classes, from a wide range of options in the liberal arts, social sciences, business, mathematics and the sciences.
Courses usually consist of four small-group seminars plus a one-on-one tutorial per week, but there is an alternative option of three tutorials per week, which will sometimes be more appropriate to match a student’s needs.
Because the tutor’s entire attention is focused on the one individual’s needs in these classes, as much ground can be covered each week with this system as with the other, providing the student puts in the additional directed private study time needed to follow up from the last class and prepare for the next. The cost is the same for both structures.
Each student’s schedule ensures a high degree of personal attention and well as a close appraisal of his or her work and progress.
The approach is student-centred, lively and informal, offering a high degree of personal attention and constructive appraisal of each student’s work and understanding, fostering greater academic participation and involvement. Students are taught to think clearly and logically and are given careful guidance with research and writing skills. The result is an acceleration of academic maturing, giving them a competitive ‘edge’ when returning to their home institutions.
Seminar classes are usually held four times a week for each course. Groups are small, with six students or fewer in a class. These are not passive affairs where students sit and take notes in a lecture hall; they are informal and highly interactive meetings to explain and discuss class topics. Students find the environment stimulating and productive; it draws them out, encourages their active involvement and is a natural milieu for lively debate and a free exchange of ideas. Under the tutor’s guidance, course topics are presented, explained and discussed and further reading and written work is assigned to provide the basis for the personal discussions and thematic tangents that open up in the tutorials.
Students meet one-on-one with each of their tutors once a week. During this intensive sessions, issues that have arisen during the seminars are discussed in detail, student essays are critiqued and reading and essay topics are set for the next meeting. As with the seminars, an active involvement in the learning process and good understanding of material is encouraged.
Under the tutor’s guidance, students may explore topics and themes of particular interest to them, working at their own pace. The informal setting of the tutorial allows them to express their ideas freely and enables them to develop their confidence and skills as independent learners. Having hitherto experienced only larger classes and lecture halls, many students find that they flourish under a tutor’s undivided attention and guidance. The college, aware of the benefits of individual tuition, gives all students the option of enrolling for classes composed solely of one-on-one tutorials. This enables us to set up an individually-tailored course of instruction and provides the student with an excellent preparation for the self-motivated approach required at college or graduate level.