“My tutors were incredible.”
At St. John’s College, the teaching members of the faculty are called tutors. The title professor is avoided to signify that it is not the chief role of the tutor to expound doctrines in their field of expertise.
What then is the role of tutors? They should be good questioners, able to raise important issues that will engage the intellectual and imaginative powers of their students. They must also be good listeners, able to help their students reformulate their observations and examine their opinions. Tutors supply helpful examples and encourage students to explore the implications of their views.
"Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice."
- Virginia Woolf