Editor's Note

First off, to all new and returning tutors, welcome back as we greet the new semester. It’s that time of the year when we’re all at our busiest; attending to a new load of work and groups of new learners that we’ve been assigned to guide.

The editorial board of TCX would also like to extend a very warm welcome to our new editor, Azahar Ahmad Nizar, who has taken over from Azeezah Jameelah. The latter, having done an excellent job for the past issues, has been called away to attend to new tasks. To Azeezah, too, we’d like to say many thanks!

The present issue, TCX 26, engages with “learning spaces”, a term which might seem alien but is actually something all of us are intimately familiar with. No one knows our learning spaces better than ourselves, although we might sometimes take them for granted, or even forget that we need to create and recreate them. If we think about it, we’d realize that learning spaces are extremely important for learners as well as tutors. Without them, we’d function less efficiently.

We hope the features in this issue will serve as food for thought for the new semester. Please drop us a line to share your stories about your own unique learning spaces. Do write to us too if you’d like to contribute to the next issue (TCX 27: Thinking About Thinking). The theme for TCX 27 is previewed on page 4.

On behalf of the editorial board and OUM, we wish you a productive time ahead.

Dr David C.L. Lim

Chief Editor

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As a tutor, I believe that I can help learners to create learning spaces by:

Encouraging them to think independently by giving them short essay tests
Encouraging them to work as a group
Adding variety to the assignments and encouraging them to think from a different perspective
Ensuring that the tutorial room is always conducive for the learners
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