The History of the Tutorial System
The tutorial method of teaching, where students are taught individually, was developed as
the collegiate system in Oxford University. Teaching has existed in Oxford since the
11th century and the role of tutors was documented in the 15thcentury, when Oxford tutors
were described as having responsibility for the conduct and instruction of their younger
Oxford has since educated people from all walks of life and from across the globe.
Oxford was the first university in the English-speaking world, and it remains pre-eminently
a place of learning, teaching and research.
One of the foundations of Oxford’s academic excellence is the interaction of the
individual, discussion-based tutorial which is reputed to have reached its unique status in
the middle of the 19th century. Oxford, is traditionally credited with having been the
guiding influence behind the establishment of the tutorial system based on asking and
answering questions to stimulate critical thinking, helping us to learn and think for
The Tutorial Today
The tutorial today still maintains its distinctive role in education at Oxford. Described as
the jewel in the crown of British education, the tutorial is the focus of much praise as the
foundation of education. In the last decade, multiple studies have been conducted
exploring the unique learning benefits of the tutorial method. The tutorial method retains
its prestige and effectiveness today. It is through the tutorial system that students develop
powers of independent and critical thought, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and
skills in both written and oral communication.
Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising for those
intending to go on to higher education at a good British University.