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TUTORING

The Institution's Mission clearly defines that one of IQS's objectives is all-around education for individuals, both technically and ethically, and tutoring is an essential tool to achieve this goal. The purpose of tutoring is academic, professional, and personal orientation for students, in particular with regards to aspects that go beyond the specific scope of each subject. In order to give its students personalized attention, IQS has established a personal tutoring system. The personal tutor is available to meet with students, give advice, and, if possible, address problems that may arise.

PERSONAL TUTOR ASSIGNMENT 

Due to their particular characteristics, tutoring for first year undergraduate students is carried out by each student's academic advisor. Starting in the second year of undergraduate programmes, each student is randomly assigned a tutor from among the IQS School of Management and the IQS School of Engineering professors, as appropriate. Both professors and students and students are notified of this assignment. Tutoring for master's students is done by the master's degree advisor.

PERSONAL TUTOR'S DUTIES

The specific duties of the tutors include helping students to overcome specific difficulties, acknowledging student success, guiding students in selecting elective and personalized subjects, assisting students in doing their in-company internships, and choosing a career path. The tutor may also act as an intermediary for students with the School's Governing Entities, academic authorities, and other IQS and the URL entities.

If an exceptional circumstance is detected, such as repeated lack of attendance to class, among others, the Dean will be notified and will examine the issue to find the most appropriate solutions.

The tutors will inform the academic advisor, or the Dean if appropriate, of any issues that have been brought up during tutoring sessions that affect multiple students.

PROFESSOR/TUTOR'S ENGAGEMENT

Within a maximum period of one month after a student beginning their first academic year, their tutor will set up an initial interview between the professor and the student being tutored which will be held in order to understand the student's personal background, make them aware of the purpose of the tutoring sessions, and to establish a plan for them. Between two to three tutoring sessions are generally held for each student during the academic year, although this number is merely indicative and sessions are adapted based on the professor's judgment and each student's needs. In any case, the tutoring service is free for students and accepting tutoring and attending session is voluntary.

In subsequent academic years, the professor/tutor periodically reviews the student's records: the SIGMA program gives a reminder of the students that each professor has been assigned for tutoring and the same program facilitates academic monitoring of the student's records. The professor/tutor meets with the student once a year, especially in the second semester, after the grades for the first semester's subjects have been released. Any actions beyond this minimum will depend on the professor and, above all, on the personal characteristics of the student who is in tutoring.

At the end of the academic year, the professor/tutor will send a small record to the Dean with basic information on the different students they have tutored: date of the meetings, academic follow-up for the student, and any issues or extraordinary situations.

PROCESS FEEDBACK

To improve the effectiveness of tutoring sessions, the following information is compiled:

  • The Dean makes an overall assessment report of the tutoring sessions on an annual basis.
  • Students assess the tutoring service in the school's General Services survey that is carried out every three years.

ACADEMIC ADVISOR

The advisor is a professor in the department who has been assigned to look after the smooth operation of the academic year and coordinate the various teaching activities and any other area that could affect the academic year. The advisor holds meetings with professors and student delegates to monitor the progress of the academic year and, ultimately, carry out all tasks that ensure its proper functioning. The advisor will share concerns from students and professors in their department with the Dean of their IQS School.