Kris Hughes wrote:This information may be somewhere on the board, already. If so, I apologise for adding the question again.
I understand that requesting a tutor is optional, but most people seem to find it helpful. I am hoping to either join or at least get the introductory pack soon, and I am already wondering about this. I would love to hear from those who are in the bardic course and communicating with a tutor. I expect to hear lots of positives, but if there are negatives I hope it's okay for people to speak up on this, too. However, what I'm really asking is what does the tutor do? And I'd love to hear from tutors, too, on this.
To help you on this journey you are offered a tutor or mentor who you can consult whenever you wish, by mail or email. Some members consult their tutor often - others hardly at all.
katie bridgewater wrote:For what it's worth, I think this is precisely the sort of thread that ought to be public. This kind of discussion would help making up one's mind as to what sort of organisation OBOD is, and whether to take the course. If you have to send off for something, and pay for it, without having a transparent view of how the course might work and what kind of things to expect (like what your tutor is for?) then it might well be quite a put off. OBOD is a fairly opaque organisation, and with all the hush-hush secrecy around the grades that some members exhibit, this is something that will put some people (like me) right off!
A tutor system is hardly something top-secret, and since the main product is a distance learning course, ought to be one of the things grown-up OBODies can talk about fairly openly, surely?
Bracken wrote:Well, I haven't got figures for this so maybe it's just my outlook, but I tend to think it is a lot easier and more usual for people to complain in public than to praise. Because of that, I feel it is Susan who is providing the balance here, and I'm glad she receives letters like that. My own personal tutor experience has so far been overwhelmingly positive, by the way. May that situation continue.
Explorer wrote:My point is that the 'tutoring system' has some room for improvement, because it pretends to be something that it isn't, which sometimes leads to problems. Not all that is hidden away is 'Mystery'.
Kris Hughes wrote:In that spirit, Explorer, (or anybody) all I'm really asking is what the heck do the tutors do? Perhaps if you are able to share with me your perception of the claims made and your perception of the reality, I might get a little further forward. I'm not fishing for gwersi content, nor do I care if I accidentally stumble upon some during this discussion. Whether or not the course content should be a closely guarded secret might best be saved for a separate discussion.
Explorer wrote:Well, they monitor your progress, to judge if it is safe and wise for you (and us) to continue deeper into spiritual training. And they give you encouraging answers to your questions.
Lorraine S. wrote:After all, you never know if you don't go...right Explorer?
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