«The tutor guides and advises the student during his/her teaching-learning process, The idea is to lead students through an integrated approach to learning and stimulate his/her capacity to take responsibility for his/her learning and training.»
The tutoring system is one of the methods used to properly follow the training program. Because the Master requires professionalism and specialization, it is important for students to spend time with tutors.
The tutors (Master’s professors or professional collaborators) have wide knowledge of the educational philosophies and teaching-learning methodologies that support the Master. The varied experience of these professors, researchers and professionals enables them to efficiently and effectively develop guidance in a truly professional framework that widens the vision of the students’ areas of interest.
This relationship requires that both participants — the tutor and the student— are involved and are conscious of the purpose of the tutoring sessions. This assumes that the two are committed to their relationship so that the tutor pays attention to the student’s development and the student plays an active role as a participant in his/her learning. The objective is to form a stronger relationship between them than the type of relationship that is established in a normal classroom setting.
From the beginning of the Master’s Program, the tutors will help students in all training process by guiding their study and helping them with their projects. The tutors will also counsel the students about intellectual and personal concerns, particularly the structuring of their Final Master’s Thesis, including choosing an adequate topic; elaborating on that topic; finding supporting lectures and interest contacts; and defending the Master thesis before the Board of Examiners. So that tutors can schedule this work effectively, the Secretariat of the Master will provide the following information to the tutors at the beginning of the Master:
Student profile: CV, student record and motivation letter.
Student’s interests regarding the execution of the Final Master’s Thesis.
During the course, the tutor will prepare follow-up activities as follows:
Assistance, attitude, seriousness and commitment, etc and, in general, a student follow-up.
Quality of work associated with the subjects that the student is developing, as well as grades.
Field or laboratory work that may be necessary for the student’s research.
Study visits and their relationship to the development of both the student’s projects and his/her Final Master’s Thesis.
Development and evolution of personal competences of the student during the process of elaboration of the Final Master’s Thesis and Master activities:
Commitment and motivation.
Open attitude in Master activities.
Creativity in Master activities.
Outcomes in Final Master’s Thesis elaboration.
Capacity to organize and plan by managing time and activities efficiently to produce agreed upon outcomes.
Search process and skills for communication.
Assessment of personal values.
Management of information, documentary sources and bibliography.
Public presentation of works and ideas.
What duties does the tutor have?
«Thus, tutor-student relationships become a key element in the learning process.»
Follow-up and Control: The tutor will prepare a follow-up evaluation of the student before, during and after the training program starts in order to establish his/her current situation, future expectations, an evolution of the teaching-learning process and to keep in contact once the Master’s Program is finished.
Monitoring and Support: The tutor will supervise and support the student continuously in order to motivate the student when beginning the thesis and to suggest different action lines to the student as necessary. In this way, the student realizes that the tutor is concerned about the student’s learning needs.
Counseling and Guidance: The tutor will advise and guide the student in each tutoring session. During these sessions, the tutor will inform the student about his/her training development.
Follow-up and counseling of Final Master Thesis: The tutor will follow-up and counsel the student in the preparation of the Final Master Thesis. The tutor will hold periodical meetings to teach the student about FMT (contents, structure, etc.) and will provide the student with bibliography and reference contacts. The tutor will consider both the concrete contributions the student makes that show what he/she has learned through his/her Master’s study, and the personal contributions the students makes.
Follow-up and supervision of field or laboratory work that is necessary for the research that the student conducts.
The Master is intended to join theoretical training with practical training and study with real life. These relationships will be shown through the teaching-learning Methodology. The Master’s connection with the professional world occurs with the collaboration of different external professionals, external institutions, collaborative enterprises, and the Territorial Development Program as they relate to different complementary activities:
Field or laboratory work.