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Hello there, my name is Derek and I’m a UTS student. I’m also a UTS: HELPS student. HELPS, stands for Higher Education, Language and Presentation support. Because of them I am more independent and confident in my learning. Their different programs are helping me reach my study and career goals.

When I first started at UTS, I had no idea what to expect. Writing at Uni is so different to anything I’d done before, and I just wasn’t doing as well as I was aiming for.

HELPS have friendly Advisors who will help you develop your writing, speaking, study, and English language skills. You can just drop-in during HELPS consultation hours to get quick individual assignment or English advice. No appointments are needed, and it’s free. My tip is to drop-in when you first get your assignment, that way you can make sure you are on the right track.

During the drop-in session the Advisor booked me in for a 40-minute one-to-one consultation. This is where you can have an in-depth discussion about your specific needs on an assignment. This has been really helpful for me. The individual help means I get a lot more out of my learning. The Advisor gave me some great tips on referencing, addressing the question and marking criteria, and structuring my assignment. They also helped make my writing sound more academic.

HELPS staff also told me about some workshops they run, and suggested which would be the best for me. There are daily workshops where you can pick up some study skills, academic writing, or speaking skills. They are held throughout semester, and are a great way to reach your study and career goals. Registration is easy, you just go online.

When you are writing your assignment you can come to the WriteNow! writing support sessions. I just brought my laptop, picked a seat, and got writing. And if I have any questions there is an Advisor here I can chat to.

UTS is huge. Big buildings, big lectures and heaps of people. You can get lost in this big crowd.

The HELPSMates buddy program connects local and international students, so you can practise English conversation, share cultures and make a friend.

HELPS also offers group conversations sessions to improve your spoken English. These sessions go for two hours. They’re informal and you get to meet new people and develop your confidence to join in casual conversations, socially, at university and at work.

So, if you’re like me and want to improve your academic writing, speaking and literacy skills, drop-in to HELPS. I might see you there.