THE IMPACT OF THE ACADEMIC TUTORIALS IN THE STUDENT’S OVERALL HEALTH
This study is focused mainly in the Faculty of Administration and the Faculty of Dentistry of the Universidad Veracruzana with the aim to know, measure and analyze the impact of tutorials in the overall health of college students throughout their academic journey.
The development of mental and physical diseases affect the academic performance of the university students, requiring the help of the psycho-pedagogical department of the Universidad Veracruzana and of other health services. For these reasons, the Universidad Veracruzana has developed strategies that focus on looking after the overall health of their students, thus creating the Center for the Human and Comprehensive Development for the University Students, and the Comprehensive Health Care System.
In this study, confidential research tools are applied to both tutors and their tutored with enrollment registers of the years 2013 and 2014 of the educational programs of Administration and Dentistry of the Universidad Veracruzana to be able to identify their compromise with the tutorials program and their knowledge about both this tutorials program and the Comprehensive Health Program.
• Analyze the impact of tutoring in the overall health of the university students and the re-lationship between both of them.
The observation of an ordinary tutoring session served to support the devising of measurement instruments concerning the relevance of this program and the participation of tutors and their tutored.
The development of this research starts with the application of questionnaires to the students, in which the importance of the academic tutoring program and their considerations about the benefit of this program are called in question, all this by gathering information from sophomores and juniors with enrollment registers of s14 and s13 of the educational programs of Administration and Dentistry of the Universidad Veracruzana, which were in total applied to a sample of 85 students from the 439 students that form this study universe.
The first questionnaire covers the aspect of overall and integral health, and the second questionnaire covers all about the academic tutoring program. In both questionnaires intrinsic subjects to these programs, the interest from both tutors and students towards the program and their participation and compromised to it were all questioned.
Another specific questionnaire is applied to the tutors to be able to learn more about the topics that they cover in sessions and the form of control and of communication used by them.
The results reveal that the students and tutors of both faculties know the tutoring institutional program and that they participate regularly in their sessions, however the compromise of the students doesn’t go further than just fulfilling their obligations of assistance, and of some tutors the requirement of another performance indicator imposed by the University.
The findings on the other side, make evident that the existence of an integral and comprehensive health program is fundamental for the overall development of the student and that the tutoring program is the best tool to allow for a comprehensive and personal guide for the university student and promoting to them a good overall health care.