Originally from England I have worked in the Education sector in the UK, USA and Singapore before moving to Australia in 1999. I have a BEd (Hons) in English and a MEd in Educational Leadership and an extensive background in Tertiary and ESL Education with over 15 years’ experience in the field of Educational Project Management. My current role as the Manager of UTS HELPS is primarily looking at effective, student focused ways of providing language and academic literacy support to all UTS students, as I am committed to making HELPS a place where students receive support in a friendly, welcoming and respectful environment.
My career in adult education spans corporate, community and academic settings. Like many of the HELPS staff I have studied here at UTS which gives me an understanding of academic requirements from the inside. Often I find that just talking through an assignment problem with students who come to HELPS will make things clearer and I love seeing students' confidence improve. My main interest outside of work is travel, so meeting so many different students each day makes my job fascinating.
I have worked as an English language teacher for over 30 years, both here in Australia & abroad. I work with international, migrant & local students to help them achieve their study goals. I love my work. I particularly enjoy assisting UTS students improve their academic literacy skills and gain confidence in their communicative abilities, both written and spoken. Their success is my reward.
Hello! I’m David Sotir and work full-time as a HELPS Advisor assisting students via drop-in and 1:1 consultations, workshops, writing clinics as well as developing academic learning resources. Feel free to come and talk to me about issues with your assignments or ways to improve your writing, presentation and study skills.
Hello. I have been teaching for more than 20 years in a variety of contexts and roles. I have taught Basic English skills to new migrants as well as English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English in the Workplace, Adult Literacy reading and writing and now Academic Writing and Research Skills. At UTS, I am a HELPS Advisor (Part-Time) and aim to assist students to write clearly, coherently and in their own voice. I believe academic writing is about expressing your understanding of ideas and outlining your position without being unnecessarily complex.
I manage the UTS U:PASS (UTS Peer Assisted Study Success) program, which assists students in 60 first and second year subjects with study sessions run by trained student facilitators. I have 18 years experience in the Higher Education sector with interests in student leadership, mentoring, first year experience, teaching and learning. I hold a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) degree, a Masters in Educational Leadership (UNSW), Cert IV in Training and CELTA qualifications. I love my job and find it very rewarding to see students and student leaders grow to understand how to be an independent learner in this complex world.
Originally from NZ, my career in tertiary education and corporate training spans a great number of years. My qualifications are in Social Ecology, TESOL, teaching, and speech and drama. I am particularly interested in working with students in the areas of pronunciation, and making academic presentations. The best part about teaching for me was always working one on one with a student and at HELPS that is what I do for most of the time, it gives me incredible satisfaction. I love helping students reach their potential.
I have been working with HELPS for several years. I have extensive teaching experience spanning approximately 40 years. My experience in the field of education includes teaching English as a Foreign Language in Milan, Italy from 1980-1995, and teaching English for Academic Purposes from 1995-present at a variety of universities in Sydney, Australia. He has also lectured in Fine Arts at COFA UNSW (now UNSW Art and Design) and at TAFE. At HELPS my professional interests have led me to helping students improve and hone their academic skills as a means of achieving the required standards for successful completion of university undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. I hold an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, a Master of Fine Arts degree, and a Master of Applied Linguistics degree.
Senior HELPS Advisor
Born and bred in Singapore, I came to Australia as an international student, first as an undergraduate student at the University of Adelaide and then a postgraduate student at the University of Sydney in linguistics and UTS in e-Learning. Prior to joining UTS in 2006, I have worked as a primary school teacher, mass communication officer with UNHCR in West and East Timor, graphic designer, ABC news captioner, and learning material developer at Charles Darwin University. To maintain my sanity, I go on a cycling holiday at the end of each year.
Hello! I have extensive experience in teaching both English literature and language skills to secondary, vocational, tertiary and migrant students, and also in program design and development. I am committed to developing students’ confidence in their spoken and written English and to assisting the very challenging transition to tertiary study for our local and international students. Education and communication transform our lives - I feel privileged to play a part in that process as one of your HELPS Advisors.
I have always had a genuine interest in empowering students with skills to be as successful as they possibly can. I have worked in various roles in education: as a teacher librarian, careers advisor, teacher training consultant, retail trainer and was a study skills course designer and teacher in my own business.Experience as an academic writing tutor and mentor led to further studies - completing an MA TESOL and commencing a PhD, and the opportunity to continue to help students with writing and language issues at HELPS.
HELPS Volunteer Coordinator
With a background in English language teaching and educational management, I currently work as the HELPS Volunteer Coordinator. I recruit and train volunteers to support UTS students in our drop in writing support service, conversation groups and one to one buddy program. Our volunteers are UTS students, staff, alumni and people from the general community. They teach me a lot about the generosity of volunteers and the benefits people get from volunteering and I really enjoy sharing all my language teaching experience with them.
As an Advisor at HELPS I get to work with students to refine their academic texts, written and spoken. I've worked with shaping texts for most of my working life... as a journalist, an English Language teacher, a student and occasional writer. I enjoy exploring the purpose of the text with a student and from there looking for ways to shape its content so that it communicates clearly. Along with working with students individually, I run workshops. A particular interest for me is the spoken communication skills in the Pronunciation workshops.
I have loved working with students over many years and my teaching experience has been shaped by many challenges—distance education, numerous and varied face-to-face classes, curriculum development, teacher mentoring, along with executive management roles in education. I am fortunate to have had recent Industry experience, working with travellers from overseas, especially from the USA and Europe, showcasing Australia through diverse and tailor-made itineraries. I have a Masters Degree in Educational Management and my teaching qualifications cover the areas of Communication, Management and Administration. I am also an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Hello! I have been a part of the HELPS team since the office opened in 2012. I wear many hats at HELPS, including assisting students with their academic skills as an Advisor, administering HELPS programs, and developing curriculum for online learning programs. I have a varied Educational background (M. Adult Education, English language teaching qualifications, and BA in Art History & English Literature) and have worked in both Government and Educational institutions. I am passionate about working with international, migrant & local students to help them realise their potential and achieve their study and career goals.
Hi, my name is Sang, and I coordinate HELPS programs to be comprehensive and easily accessible to UTS students. I have a diverse education background (MA AppLing, MEd, BPsych Hons & BA in English Literature), and I have more than 20 years of experience in the education sector in Korea, Taiwan and Australia. I am a firm believer in inclusive education and particularly passionate about facilitating learning through community interactions, which enables sense of belonging.
I have over 30 years’ experience teaching adults in vocational education. As well as teaching, I have experience in a variety of educational management roles and am particularly interested in workplace learning and mentoring. My qualifications are in Administration, TESOL (Adults) and Leadership and Management. As a HELPS Advisor, I am particularly interested in helping students to develop the skills required for successful and sustainable study in higher education. I am also keen for students to understand that these skills contribute to their graduate attributes upon completion of their studies and will enhance their job readiness.
Hello, my name is Susanne and I work part-time as a HELPS Advisor. I have worked in the Education sector over the past ten years, joining HELPS initially as a conversation leader in 2012. I hold a BA in Sociology and French and an MEd. I provide advice on academic writing, help students to understand the assessment criteria or clarify an assignment type. I show students how to plan for an assignment and use strategies for effective reading and how to take meaningful notes. It is very rewarding to see students developing into independent learners and achieving their best in the academic, and subsequently in their professional world.