Student tutoring


Student tutoring

Name of the institution(s)

Flemish government in cooperation with HE and secondary education institutions

(Departement Onderwijs en Vorming Vlaams Ministerie van Onderwijs en Vorming)

Qualification level concerned




Country concerned

Flanders, Belgium


 Mission/Role of Professional Higher Education


Peer learning; access to PHE; student support; social dimension


It has been observed that certain groups of students with a disadvantaged or vulnerable family background have problems in finishing their studies and in studying in general.

In order to facilitate their studying experience, they are given a tutor (an older student), a person who would guide them through their university period, advise them and assist in several situations. Students are peer-tutors for pupils in a secondary school. The selection of pupils is done by the secondary schools and is for pupils with specific difficulties due to their background (migration, situation of poverty, etc.)

This comes both as the need of society as well as the institutional need, in order to decrease the dropout rate from higher education.

The project aims:

1) For the pupil secondary school:

a)         objectives that have to do with the skills to achieve:

–           study skills, self-reliance: pupils learn how to organize their work, they acquire a

            method of study;

–           acquisition of knowledge, such as understanding and speaking the language of

            instruction, the school language (Dutch);

–           acquire or increase social competences.

b)         objectives that have to do with attitudes and attitudes:

–           increase the motivation for learning;

–           raising self-esteem in general;

–           provide a future perspective.

c)         prevention of social segregation:

–           build trust between student and pupil. This one-on-one relationship can also occur in

            small groups in counselling;

–           each other’s thinking and learning environment;

–           the tutor (student) is a role model.

2) For the students:

a)         objectives related to achieving competencies:

–           pedagogical skills: understanding learning (and potential threats), teach study skills;

–           supporting pupils, coaching;

–           acquire or increase social competencies.

b)         objectives that have to do with attitudes and attitudes:

–           work based on the needs of pupils;

–           learn how to listen to pupils.

c)         prevention of social segregation:

–           creates a relationship between student and pupil;

–           to gain insight into the diversity and mechanisms of deprivation and exclusion , and

            learn to deal with them;

–           the student is a role model.

Lessons learnt

The project is based on volunteering support and on the coordination of staff. It is mostly covered by the Flemish government, and therefore, as long as the system has been created, sustainability is guaranteed. All Higher education institutions can get a financial fee to organize a tutor project. The initiative naturally depends on the volunteering students to join the programme.

Up until now, the intervention is showing very good results. The feedback received from students and their families is very good and a track record of those students has been increased. Exact numbers are not available at the moment, but the obvious measure will be the dropout rate, which should be decreased as a result of the project.

Contact details

Ms Mathilde Joos, Mathilde.joos[at]

VLHORA / Flemish Council of University Colleges

First collected by

VLHORA / Flemish Council of University Colleges for IDEAS (Identifying Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension) project 2013-2015


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