Zarinah Amin

Senior Tutor School of Engineering and Computer Science

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I started tutoring while studying towards my MSc (Honours) at University of Canterbury, investigating pollution in Antarctic soils. Since then, I have worked in various fields in Singapore and New Zealand - ranging from research, training, laboratory services, environmental regulation to pedagogy and quality management. I am a member of the NZIC and taught foundation courses at UC before moving to Wellington in 2011.

Each trimester, I facilitate smooth and timely recruitment and training of our tutors as well as program support for our 100-level courses. Tutors play a vital role in the university because they are at the front line of teaching, where the active learning is happening. ECS tutors who ensure effectiveness Think, Plan and Build learning minds. I enjoy helping tutors develop techniques and understand the importance of their role for student learning success by sharing examples from different places and encounters in education.

We strive to promote and monitor tutor quality actively. One way of assessing quality of delivery is through students' evaluation and feedback. Occasionally, I request to sit in tutorials, to identify areas where our tutors can improve or expand their skills. Sometimes we discuss to explore ideas to overcome challenges. In addition, tutors who are PhD students are given professional development opportunities through our in-house workshops.

Our tutors are recognised for excellence in delivering tutorials, giving feedback and adding value to ECS tutoring program. This culture of promoting excellence has resulted in one of our tutors Harry Ross receiving a 2017 Te Rautaki Maruako Tutor Excellence Award (among 8 recipients across the university).

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