Name: Colin Noort
Program: Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
What attracted you to becoming a Peer Tutor?
I have always enjoyed being in people oriented roles whether it be supervising at Starbucks or being a resident advisor with BCIT housing. Additionally I really love the academic environment and being able to help my fellow students succeed in their BCIT programs. I also would love to become an instructor one day and saw this as a great opportunity to dip my toes into a teaching role.
How has working as a Tutor helped you?
Tutoring has helped me in a few major ways. One big one is simply in the connections I have made through the peer tutoring role be it with fellow tutors or students in grades before or after my own. Additionally I believe I have gained a vast amount of skills in terms of teaching and framing information in a way that is understandable and relatable for a wide range of people since everyone learns in different ways. It’s also a great way to review material that I have learned in previous years of study.
If you could give one piece of advice to a BCIT student what would it be?
What I tell all students who come to me for help is that the biggest key in succeeding at school and especially at BCIT is to learn how to learn material and study most efficiently. Being able to regurgitate information and perform during tests will help with you grades but in terms of overall performance at school and afterwards, I believe developing great studying, learning and organizational skills is key. So try to focus equally on learning the material as well as on learning how to learn and study better and more effectively and efficiently.
What would your dream job be when you leave BCIT?
My dream job after leaving BCIT would be working as a design engineer in the renewable energy sector, focusing on developing more sustainable and economically responsible energy generation and retention systems.
If you had a free day, how would you spend it?
I would spend it with friends doing something active or exploring somewhere new. I love outdoor activities. In the summer time I enjoy rock climbing, and in the winter I love to snowboard. I would also love to go on a day trip somewhere beautiful I haven’t been before.