ELEMENTS FOR EFFECTIVE TUTORING
Adult learning is an area that is worth looking into, especially
when it comes to tutoring. Certain elements must be present
for effective tutoring to happen.
Firstly, tutors must be a few steps ahead of his or her
learners. Tutors must have the necessary paper qualifications
and teaching experience to perform well during tutorials.
Secondly, tutors must be disciplined in their approach. They
should be well-prepared for tutorials and punctual so as not
to waste the learners’ time. Thirdly, tutors and learners alike
must be responsible for making the tutorial an effective
learning experience. The tutor does his or her part by
facilitating quality educational experiences while learners
also contribute by preparing beforehand with intelligent
questions and suggestions.
Stevens Lahamin Wasibin
OUM Main Campus, Kuala Lumpur
LEARNERS’ EXPECTATIONS OF OUM TUTORS
Distance learning has been a trend in many parts of the
world, especially in the United Kingdom. I for one am doing
my doctoral degree with a British university via distance
Hence, I strongly support this system as it provides an
advantage to working adults who can work and study at the
same time. In Malaysia, OUM stands out as it uses a lot
of information technology such as the Internet and digital
However, in terms of getting knowledge, the learners may
feel that they are not gaining much from tutors. From my
observation, some tutors have less knowledge than learners,
particularly those who have been in the job market for 40 years or more. In some cases, the learners have more
experience than their tutors. Learners, of course, can still
benefit from the tutors’ theoretical knowledge.
Kiong Siew Wai
Negeri Sembilan Learning Centre
TO BE A BETTER TUTOR
The article 10 Steps to Better Tutoring in Issue 27 is good as
it reflects what we’ve been doing as tutors. As tutors, we have
to plan our lessons well with only 2 hours per tutorial and 10
topics to teach in 5 tutorials. We always tell the students to
read the module so that we can discuss the gist of the topic.
However, most students attend tutorials with no preparation
and expect the tutors to go through each topic page by page.
If you do this, it will definitely take hours to finish.
In addition, tutors should also spend time discussing
assignments with learners. I write out guidelines on how to
answer the assignment questions in detail every semester.
This is an important point which I think should have been
included in the article.
Dr Nor Fariza Mohd Nor
Serdang Raya Learning Centre