Advice from fellow students
The new students of University of Tartu are supported by specially trained fellow students called peer tutors. There are also other kind of student-to-student support services, about which you can find more information HERE.
Below you will find further information about peer tutoring programme.
Peer tutors are UT students who have completed Peer Tutoring course and who volunteer to help newly arrived degree-seeking students, both international and Estonians, to adapt into academic environment at the University of Tartu.
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How can a peer tutor help?
Peer tutors will receive e-mail addresses of the students of their group and new international degree-seeking students will be contacted by their tutor approximately in July. After that, tutors will wear the tutoring task until the end of the first semester.
Peer tutors are ready to provide guidance and information on several matters, ranging from a study system and student life to living conditions in Tartu and in Estonia in general.
If you have questions as how to manage your studies at the University of Tartu (register for courses etc), get adjusted to student life and academic culture of UT, or find important locations (computer classes, lunch rooms etc.), do not hesitate to contact your tutor. Yet, please note that the tutors are volunteers, who are willing and eager to share their knowledge, yet they are not expected and trained to cover all the topics international students come across. For example, the questions linked to visa/residence permits and finding appropriate and affordable housing in Estonia should not be addressed to the tutors. Futhermore, tutors do not get paid for their work, so they should not bear any costs while helping the others.
Here are some examples of most common questions international students have asked over the years:
- How is the credit system arranged at the University?
- How to change a password of the University's mail account?
- What is already there in dorms (such as kitchen utensils) and what should be brought along?
- How far is the dorm from the bus-station?
- Where can I study French?
- What are the opportunities to practice sports in Tartu?
- What is the Estonian national food? Is it also served in restaurants?
- Where can I buy products for making Chinese food?
- How can I buy a monthly bus ticket?
- Where can I buy a second hand by-cycle?
- How can I rent a room?
- Where can I practice volleyball?
How to become a peer tutor?
To become a tutor, it is required to take part in the Peer Tutoring course. After completing the spring part (P2OO.00.007, 1. part) of the course, the tutors will be assigned for the groups (study programmes) in cooperation between tutor trainers and programme managers. The tutoring will be carried out during the 2nd part of the Peer Tutoring course (P2OO.00.007, 2. part) in autumn semester, called tutoring practice. The tutorship starts already in summer and ends at the end of the autumn semester, so the availability by e-mail already in summer and the presence in Tartu in autumn semester is necessary. Also please check the timetables of spring part of the course, as the attendance in the seminars is compulsory to complete the course.
So if you are passionate to help and support the new students and to represent UT in the role of a peer tutor, while being ready to learn more deeply the regulations and organisation of studies in University of Tartu, then do not hesitate to join the course or ask for more information! Contact us by noustaja [ät] ut.ee
Why become a peer tutor?
In addition to being able to help others, gain the gratitude of many students and university staff and making new friends among your specialty as well as in other disciplines, tutoring also provides an excellent opportunity for personal development. This experience can help develop the skills you need in every area of life, such as public speaking, leadership, organisation and communication skills. And for the Peer Tutoring course you will receive credit points for optional courses.