Oxford Tutorial Etiquette & Protocols
Last rev. 3.8.12   

Classroom Etiquette
Essay Format Requirements
Mechanics of Participation
Software Problems During Tutorials
Using Your Mind to Best Effect

Classroom Etiquette

Please remember that most Oxford students are working in Home School situations, with their parents and younger siblings sharing the same room.  This point is especially important when it comes to the class break, and the kinds and volumes of music which students share with each other.  All students of Oxford Tutorials are expected to observe the following rules of respectful behavior.  Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the tutorials. 

    A. Always show respect toward the teacher and other students.  Disrespect toward the teacher and other students may include:
        1. using such immature expressions as "yada, yada, yada;" "blah, blah, blah;" "yawn....;" 
        2. interrupting the class with personal chat to another student;
        3. using profanity (taking God's name in vain);
        4. using inappropriate language, such as "dang, darn, damn, sucks, barf, homo, fag, crap," etc.;
        5. playing music during the break which is loud or offensive to the other students and/or their families. 

     B. Never speak (with microphone) or chat (with keyboard) during class unless you are called on by the teacher.  The exceptions to this are the following:
        1. During the 10 minute break at the middle of the class you are free to chat freely (if honorably and respectfully);
        2. At the beginning and end of each class you are free to greet each other and to say good-bye; 
        3. After another student has read or done well on a quiz, you are free to praise and/or to encourage them;
        4. If the teacher is asking for student response; 
        5. You are always free to signal the teacher to ask a question ("?") or make a comment ("!"). 

    C. You may use "Private Chat" to speak to the teacher or another student within limits.  The limit is whether or not you are disrupting the class.  If you or the other student lose track of what the teacher is saying, or the place in the book we are reading, then you have passed the limit.  


1. Use size 10 Arial font and single-spacing
2. Copy and paste all of your assignments into email.  File attachments will not be accepted.  
     Send your  essay in an email to Dr. Lund at nlund@oxfordtutorials.com  In the "Subject"
     ine of the email put your name, the class, and the number of the essay, as follows:
             To:          Dr. Norm Lund                      
             Subject:   S. Wilson,  GBT1 Essay
. Place a heading in the top corner of each essay, with your name, the class and the date,
    as follows:  
              Susan Wilson             Teddy Brown
              GBT 1, Paper # 1        Rhetoric, 1st Letter to the Editor 
Nov. 10, 2012              Feb. 5, 2012
. Put your title at the top of the paper, in the center of the page.  Every essay must have a title. 
   Here are some examples:
        a. The Iliad: A Narrative in My Own Words 
        b. The Greek Ideal in Homer's Odyssey
        c. Antigone: Right or Wrong?
        d. Aeschylus' Solution to the Cycle of Violence
        e. Chivalry in Shakespeare: An Enduring Code of Honor
        f.   The Ten Commandments: Sanity in the Public Schools
        g. Tolkien’s The Hobbit: More than a Great Escape!

The Mechanics of Participating in the Tutorials:

1. Log onto the reflector a couple minutes early, but no more than 5 minutes early if there is another class before yours, or you will interrupt it. If yours is the first class of the morning or afternoon, you may log on sooner if you wish. As soon as you are logged on, check your own settings to be sure they are correct.

2. When I begin class, please stop any chatting, and during class, please limit your chatting to relevant remarks so that the chat box does not become a distraction. Don't type every thought that comes into your head--many of those thoughts may be interesting to you, but not all that valuable to the class!  Be thrifty with your use of the chat box. Remember that the verses in Proverbs about words also apply to typing!

3. Be careful of the temptation to think you are anonymous. Think before you type. If you blunder in what you type (it happens!), an apology can prevent or soothe many an offense.  If someone else blunders, have charity--don't be hard on them.

4. If a real problem in behavior arises, Oxford follows the in loco parentis principle: I am operating under your parents' authority as far as you are concerned, and will report any problem to them immediately so that they can take care of it as they think best. I always assume that my students will conduct themselves with Christian charity, courtesy, and kindness, and they almost always surpass what I expect!

5. If you wish to ask a question via your microphone, type a question mark-- ? -- in the chat box.  If you wish to make a comment via your microphone, type an exclamation mark-- ! --in the chat box.  If you wish to ask a question or make a comment in the chat box and not over audio, you don't need to ask permission; go ahead and type it in, and I will watch the chat box and respond if necessary.

6. If I ask a general question of everyone, you may type a short answer in the chat or ask to use audio (typing the exclamation mark).

7. If I call on you by name, I want you to use your microphone and give your answer over audio. Have your mic ready to use, and be ready to use it--if we have to wait while you fiddle around getting it ready, we waste valuable time. You may use your mic rarely--but you should still be prepared.

Software Problems during Tutorials:

1. You should be sure you attend one of the test sessions before the classes begin in September so you can verify that your software is configured correctly.

2. In the tutorials, I will not be able to stop and help you if you have problems, because our time is so limited.  If you have problems, try to solve it on your own, or disconnect from the classroom and go to the coffeeshop to meet someone else there who can help you solve the problem.  For this reason, it is doubly important that you come to a test session if you are unfamiliar with the software.

3. Anticipate audio problems and relax--it is quite normal, given the nature of the internet, for your audio to suddenly go silent, or make funny noises, or break up and chatter. Those things happen now and then and generally go away after a bit; just be patient and don't panic. You can mention it in the chat box, but don't fill the chatbox with panic-stricken  typing--it won't do anybody any good. Just mention it and then drop it.  If I think there is anything I can do, I will.

4. If you have extensive audio trouble, there are ways to catch up on what you may have missed.  If I have teaching notes for that week, I will send them to you via email.   It is also a good idea to make friends with another student in the class.   Then you can help each other out when you miss a class.

Using Your Mind to Get the Most out of the Tutorials

The most important difference between tutorials and school "classes" is that in a tutorial situation, you are responsible to learn on your own.  You are not "taught" in a tutorial, but you are given guidance in your own process of studying and learning. The real work comes during the week when you are on your own, reading, thinking, and writing; if you expect it all to happen in the once-a-week session, your experience will not be a success. On the other hand, if you learn how to learn for yourself without being pushed, you will become an independent student, which is one of the great goals of classical education.

1. Be prepared. Have all of the assignment done before the class in which it is due.

2. Use your reading/study time well. The following is most applicable to Great Books, but the principles apply to all the subjects.

    a. When you sit down to study, take a few minutes to review the last week's reading and discussion.
    b. Take another 5 minutes and preview the new assignment by looking at the study questions and the table of contents and chapter headings, if applicable.
    c. Read your assignment carefully, making notes in the margin of your book or in a notebook.  Your notes can range from underlining or writing "?" in the margin, all the way to full-blown arguing with the author, but the more you write in response to your reading, the more active your mind will be.
    d. After each reading/study session, take a couple more minutes and review what you just read, again perhaps by looking at the study questions and seeing if you can answer them now.

3. Use the Tutorial time well. You're not watching TV although it may feel like it sometimes.  Think ahead to where we are going.

    a. Have the study questions or exercises handy and keep thinking about them as we talk.
    b. Have your book handy and open to the pages we are discussing.
    c. Don't wait to be called on.  Volunteer questions and answers, whether by typing an "!" or by asking "?" to use audio.  The more you actively participate, the more you will get out of class.

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