What gives academic tutors a buzz?

May 28, 1999

"The thing which gives me the most pleasure is if astudent walks through the door and says, 'I've got a problem, it's the following. Can you help me?' And then you stand and talk for half an hour or an hour and at the end he says, 'Ah, Isee the light.' Because that's about the only point at which we actually know you've taught them something."Bernard, physics tutor "Some of the best revisions to writing that I feel I've made have been as a result of teaching. It's not necessarily direct feedback on what you're writing but it's a very good means to clarify your own thinking, actually having to teach something." Ken, education tutor "The teaching prompts new ideas and leads me down paths and gives me new insights into the research I'm doing. An example would be my current research. Some of the ideas I'm working on are the result of teaching a statistics course to undergraduates here. When a student on a course says something that surprises you, you immediately go away and reflect on it and that occasionally rechannels the research that you're working on."Stan, education tutor "The course I was given as my first lecture when I came here, I knew nothing about. However, on reading about it, I think it's fascinating and so I'm using the concept in my research." Ivan, physics tutor

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