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If you're intending to look for/ start work as a lab demonstrator, tutor or class assistant, then you may wish attend a workshop in the Oxford Preparing for Learning and Teaching programme.

Course Details

If you're intending to look for/start work as a tutor or class assistant in the next term or so, and/or you want to find out more about tutorial/class teaching before you start, then this introductory workshop may be for you.Tutorials form the heart of students’ experiences of learning at Oxford, particularly in the first two years in science. Tutorials in science and engineering are intended to help students develop their problem-solving skills, analytical/critical thinking, ability to use evidence and logic in constructing a hypothesis, and better understand scientific method, as well as achieve a deep understanding of the material they’re learning. In this interactive workshop, you will:

  •     learn about tutorials in the Oxford science/engineering context;
  •     think about the purposes of tutorials; and
  •     start to think about ways to make your teaching as effective and enjoyable as possible.
You may also wish to attend the course for Lab Demonstrators. If so, please be aware that there is a small amount of duplicated material across both courses. 

intended for

Graduate research students and postdoctoral researchers

Please note that these workshops count as MPLS’s PLTO training if your department does not offer its own version of the PLTO. You should check what training your department requires you to complete before you take on a teaching role.

Number of Places


course leader

Dr Brian Tang

date / time

Tuesday 9th January 2018: 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

RDF Skills 

A1, B3, D3

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

The Researcher Development Framework page.

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


Please book your place through the Researcher Training Tool using this link.

When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.