Problem-Based Tutorials

Problem-based tutorials are the heart of the McMaster SLP problem-based learning program! Each unit, we have five practicing clinicians act as “tutors” or small-group facilitators for our problem-based tutorials. Tutors guide students as they brainstorm known and unknown content pertaining to a healthcare problem (HCP), set learning objectives for the HCP, and then come back to share and compare the knowledge they each gained while researching the learning objectives. Below are some educational resources describing the roles and responsibilities of tutors in the McMaster SLP program (additional resources are provided to tutors prior to the beginning of each unit):

The Department Education Coordinator, Justine Hamilton, sends out a call for tutors four times per year:

  • In June, for tutoring in Units 1 and 4
  • In October, for tutoring in Unit 2
  • In January, for tutoring in Unit 5
  • In March, for tutoring in Unit 3

Tutors must attend twice weekly classes (each one 2.5 hours in length) and once weekly tutor meetings (1 hour in length). The length of the commitment is as follows:

  • Units 1, 2, and 3: 10 weeks (5 weeks, a break for midterms, then another 5 weeks)
  • Unit 4: 7.5 weeks (5 weeks, a break for midterms, then another 2.5 weeks)
  • Unit 5: 5 weeks

All tutors must have a faculty appointment:

  • Click here for information about faculty appointments, including the link to the application form
  • Click here for the McMaster CV template


All tutors must participate in the Peer Observation of Teaching process. During each 3-year term of the faculty appointment, each tutor must be observed by another tutor once and must observe another tutor once.

For more information, please contact the Department Education Coordinator, Justine Hamilton, at hamilj13@mcmaster.ca.