Getting involved at UTS Insearch is all about making a difference. By your child volunteering their time and abilities, they can help other students and the community, and build skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.
By giving a little, they have the potential to get so much more out of their student experience.
Student Helpers are made up of local and international students who volunteer their time to help out new students by answering questions during and before Orientation and Academic Preparation Week.
Student helpers also have opportunities to assist at various events held by the Student Activities Club.
There are some great perks to being a Student Helper, including:
- professional training
- invitations to special events
- certificates and references
- experience to add to your resume
- networking advantages
- the sought-after, official Student Helper red T-shirt!
The experience your child could develop as a Student Helper could also lead to casual employment when roles become available.
We send out an email every year to all current students, inviting them to apply to become a Student helper. We advise students to keep an eye on their UTS email account for updates!
In-class peer helpers
As an in-class peer helper, your child is given the opportunity to develop great mentoring and leadership skills, and make friends at the same time.
In-class peer helpers provide assistance for their fellow students, helping to answer questions and offer general study support in the classroom.
What is involved?
Students are called on to provide extra help to fellow students in one or more oftheir classes, with responsibilities including:
- answering questions
- clarifying unfamiliar words and phrases
- giving fellow students advice to prepare for assessments and class activities
- helping students understand what is expected of them in a subject.
As a peer helper, your child might also become part of the International Student Mentoring Program.
Peer helpers are nominated by their teachers, so there is no need to apply.
International Student Mentoring Program
The International Student Mentoring Program gives your child the opportunity to buddy up with new international students and help them out with study advice, settling into life in Sydney, understanding Australian culture and making new friends.
As a senior student mentor, your child can be matched with a group of brand new international students (buddies), and meet regularly with them during the semester.
Students arrange regular online meetings with their buddies – maybe once a week for two hours – at a time that fits in with their study schedule, and complete a weekly activity record after each meeting.
Students can help their buddies by:
- demonstrating appropriate behaviours
- creating learning experiences
- focusing on the positives when facing challenges
- encouraging your buddies to build their self-esteem and confidence
- directing them to the appropriate services and support when they need it.
Being a mentor is a fantastic opportunity for your hild to build their skills, abilities and experience too. Benefits for mentors include:
- specialist mentor training
- improved communication skills
- greater self-esteem and empathy
- advanced conflict resolution skills
- excellent organisational skills
- further leadership experience.
There is no need to apply for this mentoring program.
If your child already has experience as an in-class peer helper and they have already completed a UTS Insearch program, they may be invited to take part by one of our Study Success Advisers.