Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t live in England. Can I still take an Oxford-style tutorial?

Absolutely. The tutorials are in the Oxford style, but not at the Oxford campus. Oxford-style tutorials will be hosted on video-conferencing technologies (such as Skype or Facetime), which are free and easy to use. Learn more.

What’s the difference between a minor and major course?

A minor course covers four topics, whereas a major course covers eight. In some cases, this means that you will have some choice as to which last four topics you cover in a major course. To see the topics available for each course, visit the individual course pages.

I’m really interested in taking a course, but I have a busy schedule. What should I do?

If you aren’t sure that you can prepare for one tutorial every week, try doing half Oxford pace. This gives you two weeks between tutorials. The quarter Oxford pace gives you a whole month between tutorials.

I haven’t done much writing. Will an Oxford-style tutorial be too difficult?

An Oxford-style tutorial will be challenging to any skill level; part of the objectives of the tutorials are to improve your writing, whatever level it might be at. But Jason will help you improve, no matter what level you start at.

I haven’t read much C. S. Lewis. Will that be a problem?

Not at all. There’s no time like the present to start exploring C. S. Lewis’s vast body of writings!

Who were ‘The Inklings’?

The Inklings were a group of Oxford-based scholars and writers, comprised of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams, among others. They would read their writings to each other, improving each other’s style and content, and several of them later became some of the best-known writers of their time!

When do the courses begin?

Courses can begin in any of four semesters: Winter (starts January), Spring (April), Summer (July), or Fall (October). They can be taken at full Oxford pace (weekly tutorials), half Oxford pace (biweekly tutorials), or quarter Oxford pace (monthly tutorials). Learn more.

I’m thinking of getting a course, not for myself, but for my friend or family member. Is that a problem?

Not at all. If you know someone who might enjoy learning more about Lewis or The Inklings, and/or is hoping to improve their writings skills, an Oxford-style tutorial could be a great gift! Just make sure that they’d be willing to put in the effort to engage with the course materials.

I’m a student. Can I get credits for these courses?

Dr. Lepojärvi’s courses are not-for-credit, but rather for personal development and improvement. However, it is possible that your college or university will let you take it for credit. You will have to ask your college or university.

I’m not a student. Is that going to be a problem?

Certainly not. Oxford-style tutorials are meant to help you engage, regardless of what your background, age, or experience may be. What you will need is enthusiasm and willingness to put in the effort to engage with the materials.