Definition of tutorial in English:



  • Relating to a tutor or a tutor's tuition.

    ‘tutorial sessions’
    ‘a tutorial college’
    • ‘How about organizing tutorial sessions where senior students help struggling students?’
    • ‘For the next three months the interdisciplinary student groups develop cases and facilitate, discuss, and complete PBL case tutorial sessions.’
    • ‘Each problem studied is usually addressed in multiple tutorial sessions that are student-led and student-centred.’
    • ‘Seven assistants had experience working with elementary-school children in small-group or tutorial settings, and two assistants spoke Spanish and English.’
    • ‘None of the tutorial sessions are designed to coach students for a standardized test.’
    • ‘At the second case tutorial session, students teach the rest of the group the assigned learning issues generated in the previous week's discussion.’
    • ‘Get extra copies of the tutorial notes from other sessions.’
    • ‘Down the hall a tutorial session is in progress, on how to use the Internet to find national community organizing resources.’
    • ‘Monday and Tuesday are reserved for all-day tutorial sessions.’
    • ‘During the tutorial session, she was given the list of words to read.’
    • ‘It is concluded that, while little sentence-level simplification is used by the tutors, extensive use is made of conversational and tutorial strategies similar to those used by native and non-native adults.’
    • ‘The main conference was preceded by an extensive workshop and tutorial program, with 21 workshops and 10 tutorials.’
    • ‘This is being done as part of a compulsory seven-week tutorial module that the students must pass before they can graduate.’
    • ‘One community college campus responds by providing adjunct services, such as tutorial programs for small groups of students of mixed language backgrounds.’
    • ‘Thirty-eight college students applied for and were granted interviews for tutorial jobs that didn't exist.’
    • ‘Professional Writing students have participated in tutorial presentations and critiques of their work since their course began.’
    • ‘He lectured and assisted with tutorial sessions and began to take an interest in statistical ideas.’
    • ‘During one of these tutorial sessions, Pip gets the notion to visit Manor House again; his alleged reason is to thank Miss Havisham but his more probable desire is to see Estella again.’
    • ‘The students and faculty sometimes lead the community members through a brief demonstration of a PBL case tutorial session.’
    • ‘Each day's agenda was packed tight with group sessions and smaller tutorial sessions where participants worked on three preferred project scenarios.’


  • 1A period of tuition given by a university or college tutor to an individual or very small group.

    ‘formal teaching consists of lectures, tutorials, and practicals’
    ‘a tutorial on English poetry’
    • ‘Last week's decision by Liverpool councillors to establish a controlled prostitution zone made me think of my old university philosophy tutorial.’
    • ‘I spent many hours in professors' offices, tutorials, and reading groups.’
    • ‘He had the air of a don at one of our older universities holding a tutorial.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I still have anxiety dreams in which I realise halfway through my university term that I have not been to a single tutorial or lecture.’
    • ‘For example, the huge student population makes it impossible for teachers to conduct seminars or offer individual tutorials to students.’
    • ‘During his first year he attended only mathematics lectures and tutorials and completed college exams solely in mathematics.’
    • ‘Glees said personal tutors often had no idea about their students' views and that many undergraduates spent very little time in lectures or tutorials.’
    • ‘Degrees leave the learning much more up to you, with the emphasis on lectures backed up by tutorials rather than a more interactive learning environment.’
    • ‘It's like a university tutorial conducted not by the Professor but by a stroppy student.’
    • ‘Also as expected, the number of students requesting individual copies of the tutorial decreased from 5060 to less than five.’
    • ‘Apart from Cambridge, no other universities offer undergraduates one-to-one tutorials.’
    • ‘Over two decades, through his lunch-time lectures and cafeteria tutorials, he changed the lives of hundreds of undergraduates.’
    • ‘I'm now teaching part-time at Kingston University, one-to-one tutorials with dyslexic students.’
    • ‘As chair of English Literature at Birmingham University, his tutorials were seized on by eager young undergraduates, many of them women.’
    • ‘There's no danger of getting bored because there's such a flurry of lectures, essays, tutorials, college dinners and socialising.’
    • ‘Some lectures and tutorials at Auckland University were cancelled this week when about half of the academic staff went on strike.’
    • ‘Copson was a good teacher, whether behind the rostrum with his general class or in tutorials or seminars with his honours or research students.’
    • ‘Would instructors really be prepared to spoon feed students in individual tutorials?’
    • ‘When studying for my mathematics examination I revised the theory behind each topic and then did each of the exercises that had been set in the classes and tutorials.’
    • ‘Often they are listening to the advice absorbed in college tutorials 30 or 40 years ago rather than the counsel of their officials.’
    lesson, class, seminar, period of instruction, period of teaching
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    1. 1.1An account or explanation of a subject, printed or on a computer screen, intended for private study.
      ‘online tutorials and reference guides’
      • ‘Although the student software doesn't come with manuals, Dreamweaver has excellent online tutorials.’
      • ‘The users of this great program provide an enormous amount of online support ranging from tutorials to an extensive knowledge base.’
      • ‘They can still be learned, however, through free online resources that take the form of online tutorials and IRC groups.’
      • ‘It includes an online tutorial, a bookmark feature, job aids, and a certificate that can be printed.’
      • ‘Corporate customers get help on everything from designing Linux systems to online tutorials.’
      • ‘The tutorial is ancient as computers go, so it ignores cursor keys and other modern conveniences.’
      • ‘The on-line tutorial was fairly basic and covered the same information as the manuals.’
      • ‘One can take an online tutorial, watch a video and e-mail or chat with a rep.’
      • ‘The more detailed tutorials are also online, either by way of a PDF file or on an Apple web site, and while helpful, they leave a lot to be desired.’
      • ‘Increasingly, I use online tutorials for parts of my own courses when appropriate.’
      • ‘Martin Print's website includes a range of software and tutorials available to you online so you can learn how to design your own cards.’
      • ‘It also has good online tutorials for novices, which is good because EZAnti Virus has a complicated interface.’
      • ‘I've been using Photoshop 7 for about 4 months and have now read at least a dozen online tutorials and reviews.’
      • ‘The online tutorial can be productive if adequate planning and promotion effort is made.’
      • ‘There are tutorials and reference materials that can help any budding web developer.’
      • ‘In addition, the site has tutorials on-line as well as links to other external web sites which carry information relevant to studies.’
      • ‘Freshmen and other incoming students spent time this summer clicking their way through an online tutorial that required them to read the honor code and think about the importance of honesty and integrity.’
      • ‘The online tutorial allows students to learn at their own pace, and preserves class time for discussion and active learning exercises.’
      • ‘Product documentation, tutorials and online FAQs are increasingly created using Wiki collaboration.’
      • ‘I was literally following the instructions exactly as they were printed in the tutorial, and I just could not get more than 2 minutes into the program.’


Early 18th century: from Latin tutorius (see tutor)+ -al.