Study Guidance / Student Advisor
Substantive study guidance and the mentoring system
Substantive study guidance with respect to content is primarily provided by the handbooks, tutorials and practical sessions for each course. The information garnered from these resources and sessions, and their assignments and exercises, will indicate the skills and knowledge you need in order to pass the course.
All first-year Artificial Intelligence students are divided into tutorial groups which are supervised by a senior AI student (the Student Mentor). The tutorial groups meet about 8 times a year. Topics for discussion include practical matters such as course and examination enrollment, as well as advice and tips on study skills, taking courses and preparing for examinations. The Student Mentor acts as the first point of contact for any study-related problems or questions.
The department also has a Teacher Mentor who coordinates and supervises student mentoring. During the first year, each student will meet twice with the Teacher Mentor to discuss his/her academic progress. In some cases, the Student Mentor or Teacher Mentor will refer the student to the Student Advisor (see below).
In the second and third years of the programme, the study guidance is less intensive, but you can still consult with teaching staff or visit the Student Advisor if you have any questions.
The Student Advisor is a key figure when it comes to study guidance and is the person to go to for all your study-related questions or problems. This not only includes help with time-management and study tips, extra information about rules and regulations or exceptions, references to other authorities and information sources, advice regarding your choices or doubts you may have regarding your studies, but also advice about extra courses or gaining experience alongside your studies. If you are having personal problems you can also contact the student advisors in the following ways:
Student group: B1, B2, B3, en MScs students
Walk-in hours (no appointment necessary): Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 12:30-13:30 | Office: Spinoza B.00.67A (from 8-1-2018 onwards: SpB.00.73)
Marloes van Rootselaar:
Student group: B1 students
Walk-in hours (no appointment necessary): Wednesday 12:30-13:30 | Office: Spinoza A.02.21.
Make an appointment:
- Click this link
- Open the page of your programme (AI)
- Click on the tab Student Advisor to make an appointment
- Fill out all fields of the form and submit
- The Education Service Point (ESD/OSP) will send a confirmation of your appointment to your e-mail address. This confirmation also has information on how to change the appointment
- One day before your appointment you will receive a reminder
We strongly advise all students who are affected by exceptional circumstances to contact the Student Advisor. This not only includes students with a disability or handicap or students who participate in top-level sports but also students who are affected by other exceptional circumstances (such as illness, special family circumstances or personal circumstances) and are worried that this will slow down their studies. For these students the university offers certain special resoursces, for which you may want to submit a claim. These resources are normally only available when a claim is submitted on time.
The Student Affairs Office has a number of counsellors at the central administrative level. These include Student Psychologists, who can help you with personal problems of a psychological nature, and other Counselors and advisors, who can help you if you are having problems choosing your programme of study.
The Student Affairs Office also provides a number of study skills courses throughout the year. Information about all these services can be found on the RU website (http://www.ru.nl/currentstudents/) under "Counselling".
Information about changes to the programme and the programme itself can be found on the Blackboard sites for each course, and also on the AI programme's dedicated Blackboard site (check Organisations > Artificial Intelligence). Make sure to check the programme's Blackboard page regularly for the latest notifications, including important academic announcements, informatoin sessions, job postings, events, and curriculum information.