Developing a theme for a tutorial set helps facilitate learning

Tutorials complement lecture in highlighting relevant concepts taught in the lecture classes as well as providing another opportunity for the reinforcement of important concepts. Usually taught in small group discussion setting, tutorials are typically guided by a tutorial set prior to the session. Comprising a set of questions that could serve as placeholders for important concepts of the lecture, tutorial sets also serve to provide the underlying structure of a lecture.


Specifically, the design of a tutorial set should be guided by a central theme that ties all the concepts visited in the tutorial set together. For example, a tutorial on how climate change influences the environment can be tied in together with a theme expressing the importance of how changes in rainfall and temperature would influence the environment.


Accompanying questions of such a tutorial could touch on topics such as: (i) calculation of the energy budget of a house, (ii) what is the carbon footprint of a household, (iii) explain why a temperature rise of 1.5 deg Celsius around the world is the maximum by which the world could still remain safe from dangerous effects of climate change, (iv) what are possible mechanisms by which global temperature rise could affect rainfall patterns, (v) what are implicit costs of renewable energy generation, and (vi) develop a method for estimating the amount of water stored in ice sheets on Antarctica.


Thus, developing a tutorial around a central theme offers a more focused approach to the delivery of concepts important to the accompanying lecture. Such an approach also enables students to learn more effectively and better assimilate the concepts taught in the tutorial.


Category: education, climate change,
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