With the tutorial method of learning there is an emphasis on independent study. During the tutorial you will be expected to think critically and engage in probing discussion with your tutor. You will need to plan ahead for tutorials. Your tutor will provide you with reading lists, specific essay questions problems to solve, etc. which you should complete in advance of the tutorial. This then forms the basis for debate and discussion, providing the opportunity to demonstrate how much you have learned – and also giving you a thorough appreciation of what you have not really understood. You will find that it is the debate and discussion that takes place during the tutorial which consolidates your learning and understanding.
2) How do I get the best out of my tutorials?
To get the best out of your tutor and your tutorial be well prepared. To get the best out of each tutorial you should expect to complete about three hours of independent study for each hour of tuition. Work creatively, investigate and discuss your work and ideas with your colleagues. Spend time thinking about what you want to cover during the tutorial and send any completed homework to your tutor beforehand. The tutorial method of learning works best when the learning and understanding of topics is consolidated by probing discussion with the tutor. The more prepared you are the more you will get out of your tutorial. Tutors at Greene’s very much appreciate and enjoy students who arrive with a barrage of questions!
3) What do I do between tutorials?
Between tutorials you are preparing for upcoming tutorials. Reading, researching ideas, writing essays, working through problems, taking notes, working with colleagues, going to guest lectures are all some of the things that you will be doing between tutorials.
Your tutors will be setting homework as part of this process but you should also be studying ahead without always being prompted by your tutor. Remember the more prepared you are for each tutorial the more you will benefit from the tutorial.
4) Will it all be one-to-one?
Whilst you will have an individual academic programme, your tutorials may not be individual. Although groups will be small it is important that you have opportunities for collaborative work and can exchange ideas with your colleagues. As your programme at Greene’s is specific to you your tutoring arrangements are also tailored to meet your individual requirements with a mix and variety of tutorial options.
Small group work is often collaborative, involves presentation work and can be more participatory. We find that collaborative group work will develop your skills to work with others and your ability to listen and contribute effectively in discussion.
5) Can being a student at Greene’s get a bit lonely?
Studying in a city like Lisbon presents a vast amount of opportunity to participate in a wide range of academic, sporting and social events. Students at Greene’s join sports clubs, amateur dramatic societies, play their instrument in small orchestras or bands, sing in choirs and so on. Your Personal Tutor and the college Registrar will actively encourage you to become involved in a wider range of activities where you can meet others.
There are also regular events that we organise and an active student committee whose purpose it is to assist the scheduling, planning and promoting of a variety of social events for you and others at Greene’s to enjoy.
Patrick is Greene’s Head of Mathematics (the Senior Mathematician). He is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he was awarded a master’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics. He also completed a post-graduate qualification in Mathematics Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.
Anders holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, USA in Psychology and is also a specialist in Environmental Science – his first degree from the University of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Anders’ specialist area is Sports Psychology – training athletes to achieve effective and healthy mental approaches to achieve peak performance. In 1996 [...]
Saif tutors Biology and Chemistry and has been running Biology A level practicals at Greene’s for the last two years. He is a passionate tutor and keen scientific researcher – even building his own artificial coral reef. Saif has a First Class Honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester, UK and a doctorate [...]
Agnieszka teaches both Government & Politics and Law. She holds an MA and LLM in law as well as a PhD from Oxford Brookes where she was a univesity lecturer. Agnieszka is passionate about tutoring and runs the College’s debating society.
John is a graduate of Cornell University in the USA. During his time at Cornell John also found time to row for the USA in three consecutive world championships. Now in Oxford, John rowed for the university and completed his University of Oxford, Master’s Degree in Sociology. John specialises in Psychology and Sociology tuition and [...]
Jamie is an Economist and Historian holding postgraduate qualifications in these subjects from the Universities of St. Andrews and Durham in the UK. He specialised in a wide range of historical periods but especially Scottish History from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries.
Matthew is a tutor in Science and Mathematics and holds a Pre-Medical Certificate from San Francisco University, USA. He is also a linguist with degrees in modern languages and comparative literature – English, French, Spanish and Italian – from Columbia University, USA and the University of Oxford, UK. Matthew has been a full-time tutor for [...]
Jenny has postgraduate qualifications from both the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. From Oxford Jenny was awarded her Masters degree in Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek) and from Cambridge a post-graduate teaching qualification. Jenny has almost 30 years of experience teaching Latin and Ancient Greek in range of top schools in the UK.
An extremely accomplished actor and a graduate of the University of London, Kieran is an extremely experienced English Language teacher. He specialises in all aspects of English Language tuition including IELTS preparation and holds the prestigious CELTA qualification for teaching English Language. After an extensive career in television, film and theatre, Kieran has taught English [...]
Angus lectures in English Literature at the University of Oxford, UK from where he was also awarded his D.Phil. for his work on James Joyce. Angus has numerous publications to his name covering a wide spectrum of English Literature. He has also written on comparative literature specialising in the works of Marcel Proust. Angus achieved [...]
Julian has a Master’s Degree in Engineering and a Post-graduate qualification in Education from the University of Oxford. Since then he has taught Physics at a range of top independent schools in the UK and has been tutoring at Greene’s for the last three years. Julian is an experimental Physicist who strongly believes in learning [...]
Brian teaches English Literature and Government & Politics. He did his undergradaute, masters and doctorate degrees at Oxford and his academic research specialism is the Old Icelandic language. Brian frequently acts as an examiner for several of the major examination board and is passionate about education and the tutorial method of learning. Brian is also [...]
Rowena is a chemist and after having received First Class Honours in Chemistry at the University of Oxford she went on to complete a PhD at the University of Birmingham on “Zeolites and other molecular sieves for chromate remediation”. Rowena has been tutoring in Chemistry for the last 10 years and during that time was [...]
Cressida has a post graduate Master’s qualification in Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek) from the University of Cambridge, UK that was followed by a PhD from the University of Nottingham, UK on the literature of Sophocles. Cressida is currently a lecturer in Classics at the University of Oxford, UK and has a long list of [...]
Geography, Sociology Alex holds a PhD in Geological Sciences from University College London (UCL), UK after which he completed a Post-graduate training in teaching and has 20 years of tutoring experience in Geography, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Geology and Sociology. He continues to work as a lecturer for the MSc course in Applied and Exploration [...]
Matthew has a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil in Mathematics from the University of Oxford. Since he was awarded his DPhil in 2011, Matthew has been tutoring Mathematics at all levels for Greene’s. Mathew’s DPhil was on Graph Theory, the title being ‘Cycles in edge-coloured graphs and sub-graphs [...]
Anne completed her joint honours postgraduate qualification in Physics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1995. Since then she has been tutoring at a range of colleges in different places and has been at Greene’s for the last three years tutoring Physics and Mathematics. Anne is a highly experienced professional tutor [...]