New introducotry courses and teacher tutoring: Keys to an efficient beginning for university studies in engineering

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    Becoming a university student is a big transition for a college student. Everything is

    new; places, practicalities, regulations, and the ropes have to be adopted quickly. At the same time, the requirements of working life and need for better generic skills after graduation have been elevated to general discussion.

    To meet these challenges, the orientation and beginning of studies in Tampere University of Technology were renewed in 2013. In Faculty of Computing and Electrical Engineering, we tried to achieve better study experience for our students, better study success during first year studies and further bachelor’s degree. Our methods were to adopt systematic teacher tutoring and to focus on co-working in smaller student groups as well as combine generic skills to technological skills in two new introduction courses in the beginning of university studies. The courses were planned to give as much support in generic skills development as possible.

    Our results have been very promising so far. The amount of ECTS credits as well as passing rates of compulsory courses during the first year have improved. Also the student feedback of the courses has been very good.
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