A great transition

Zwe Htin Aung is studying for his Diploma of IT at UTS Insearch.
Zwe Htin Aung is studying for his Diploma of IT at UTS Insearch.
Zwe Htin Aung, from Myanmar, is studying for his Diploma of IT at UTS Insearch. Like many students, he has learnt to adapt to Remote Learning after doing face-to-face classes before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When I started, we had face-to-face classes for everything – lectures and lab classes, even examinations,” he says. Since the change to Remote Learning, he’s enjoyed a surprising number of benefits. “I don’t need to spend much time commuting,” he says, “so I can better prepare my lesson materials. Since I’ve been able to focus more on these details, my quiz results have got better.”

Ask lots of questions
Zwe Htin has some tips to help others succeed with Remote Learning. “It’s important that you ask as many questions as possible. You have to make sure you understand every detail in order to grasp the core concepts and new ideas that are introduced in lectures and lab classes,” he says. “Remember, the teachers are there to help make sure you’re learning to your full potential.”

Don’t worry
He’d also like to reassure students doing Remote Learning for the first time that there’s nothing to be anxious about. He says, “UTS Insearch uses Canvas, an online learning tool, so all your learning materials are already online. They’re right there for you and you can even check them before your Remote Learning starts, and your teachers will give you great support.”

Like many students, Zwe Htin has enjoyed the extra time he’s gained from studying at home. “I’ve been practising my cooking skills with my Aunt, who is very good at cooking dishes from my home country,” he says. “I’ve also been learning piano from YouTube tutorials and other online sources.”