Every semester, UTS Housing encourages residents to share their knowledge with other residents through the Tutoring program, free to all UTS Housing residents.
Discover this semester’s in-house tutors, excelling in their fields, which they can’t wait to share with you!
Maddie Mackey – Programming
Madeleine is a UTS Bachelor of IT student originally from a little farm outside of Canberra, Australia. As well as having a love for dinosaurs, playing piano and playing Pokemon Go, she loves sharing her passion for programming and seeing those lightbulb moments when it clicks.
“At my programming classes, students can expect a friendly atmosphere to learn the basics of python, build on their problem solving abilities, and be able to take away skills that can help them to build their own programs”, says Maddie.
“Programming can be used as a flexible problem-solving tool, a way of automating menial tasks, and is a great skill to put on a resume! By learning the basics, you are opening up a skill set to build useful tools for all kinds of purposes: apps, websites, games and more. ”
-> Programming in Python class: starting 9th August. Every Thursdays at 4pm at the U:learn centre
Kanako Tsubaki – Japanese
Kanako is a resident from Gumal Ngurang on exchange from Japan, from a town called Izumo.
Besides currently studying English in the Australian Language and Culture Studies program, Kanado likes singing (often to Taylor Swift songs especially at karaoke), cooking and is therefore thinking of cooking traditional Japanese food in her classes.
Explaining why she wanted to be a Japanese tutor at the UTS Housing community, she says: “In Sydney, I met people who like or are interested in Japan. When I talked with them, I was happy and felt proud to be Japanese because they praised Japan and tried to know more about it. After such experiences, I thought that I wanted to let others know Japan and get them interested in it as much as possible.”
Kanado also explains that at her classes, “You will learn some basic conversation, Japanese culture and food. I am going to teach them through activities and cooking lessons. These things might be helpful when you actually go to Japan. The content I will teach in my class will also depend on the students. I will ask them what they want to know and respond to their needs.
Secondly, you could make more friends at UTS Housing. If you keep joining my class, you would become close to other students because you can do some activities together and talk with them naturally.”
“If you do not know much about Japan, it is totally fine. I will teach from the basics. If you have joined Japanese class in last semester, you will enjoy my class as well. I will teach you other things you have not learned. It is first time for me to be a tutor in uts housing, so I worry about whether I can make student satisfied or not. However, at the same time, I am really excited to meet new friends and have a good time with them. I will do my best to my class be fun and worth attending. Have a lot of fun together in my class and I am looking forward to seeing you.”
-> Japanese Language & Culture Class: starting 10th August. Every Friday at 4pm @ U:learn Centre.
Jóhann Hansen – Photography
Jóhann (full name: Jóhann Thór Haahr Hansen) is half Icelandic and half Danish, but has grown up in Western Denmark. He is currently studying Communications and Journalism at UTS and studies at The Media and Journalism School of Denmark, in Aarhus, back home.
Describing himself as a geography nerd, looking up maps, demographics and country sizes, he’s definitely someone that is “very good at remembering capitals and flags, and you would like to have me on your classic trivia quiz team!” Besides a love for volleyball, he considers himself as very social, and therefore happy to be living in a place with hundreds of new potential friends where there’s lots of things going on all the time.
This semester, Jóhann will be offering UTS residents Photography classes because “I like teaching others about my passion, and I think many people want to improve their photography skills, but don’t know how to do it. In addition, it would be fun, as a group, to go do photography tours together, such as watching sunsets, or do street portraits.
When asking why attend his classes, he explains: “If you’ve ever wondered what your buttons on your camera actually do, or if you are tired of not being able to catch the different reds of the sunset, the blues of the ocean, or the faces of your friends in low-light conditions, this is the class to go to. We will be talking about the basics of photography, but also diving deeper into more advanced techniques like astrophotography, time-lapse, long exposure and panoramas. If the interest is there, I’d love to teach you about analogue film photography as well. I will (almost) guarantee you that your Instagram pictures will get better if you attend this class.”
-> Photography Class: starting August 13th. Every Mondays at 3pm @ the U:learn centre
Originally from Wuhan city, in the Hubei province of China, Sissi is undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing at UTS. She describes herself as a Yangtze River surfer, a discontented soul that never dies—a journey through who she was to who she is, and a Chinese culture/language lover as well as a demonstrator.
Asked why she decided to apply to become a tutor at UTS Housing, she says: “I have long been under the feeling that as a Chinese person, I have the responsibility to demonstrate Chinese culture to the world. I was once mistakenly taken for a Japanese or Korean when I was wearing a traditional Chinese clothing- Hanfu – as a photography model. This kind of situation happens repeatedly. Traditional clothing is just the tip of the iceberg as China has such a profound culture, and surely, it would be a pity if China failed to reserve or show its culture thoroughly; it would be a big loss for the world.
I am a Chinese culture and history enthusiast ever since I was a child. I am passionate about teaching and demonstrating Chinese culture in the small but also highly diverse Housing community. In addition, I am a highly social person, so it is convenient for me to connect Chinese residents with residents from other countries, to make housing more vibrant and inclusive.”
When attending her classes you can expect to get an insight into Chinese profound culture including language, cuisine, history, tradition, custom, scenery and people. The class will also open up a completely new world of knowledge that you will not experience in your home country.
Sissi adds: “although many people say that the Chinese language is deemed as one of the most difficult language in the world, I hope to help you learn basic written words and oral Chinese in an interesting way!
Get a better understanding of Chinese people and the Chinese way of thinking, which makes learners feel more comfortable to enjoy friendships or interactions with Chinese people.”
-> Chinese Language and Culture: starting August 14th. Every Tuesday at 3:30pm at the U:learn Centre
Sara Montanes – Spanish and Drama
Besides having studied theatre for four years, Sara is currently studying International Relations at UTS. She loves sports (yoga, surf, and athletics), is learning to play classic guitar so she can have a base on which to sing on and considers herself as a good listener.
You may have guessed, Sara is from Spain, Madrid, more specifically, Las Rozas. And this semester, she will be conducting Spanish as well as Drama art classes to UTS residents.
What can you expect from her classes?
For the dramatic arts class: From the “drama communication” class, residents can expect to be able to explore their public speaking and body expression within a safe space, through games. These involve voice and body with the aim to eliminate tension and gain self-confidence when speaking in public with a composed body expression.
Sara adds that “this is an opportunity to develop skills that we all need in our daily life, at uni or at work.
You will enjoy the class as all activities are made through games; the best way of learning, where you won’t feel judged and you feel free to try something new and not get it wrong.”
For the Spanish class: Residents can expect to learn how to introduce themselves in Spanish, how to explain why they like or don’t like something, how to ask for food in a restaurant, etc., as well as learn about the Spanish culture!
Languages are really important and this is a good opportunity to learn the basics of Spanish. It is going to be practical and we can focus the classes on the topics you are interested in or even learn through songs. It’s up to you!
-> Dramatic Arts: starting August 15th. Every Wednesday at 3pm at the U:learn Centre
-> Spanish Class: starting August 15th. Every at Wednesday at 4:30pm at the U:learn Centre
To check out the tutoring sessions available to you, keep an eye on the Facebook events page or UTS Housing mobile app, and stay tuned to the blog to hear more about the tutoring team and resident life.
Want to become a tutor next year? Successful tutors know their subject well and are also able to engage their students with enthusiasm for their subject. If this sounds like you, contact our Academic and Learning Communities Officer, Andrew Redgrave.