Mechanical Engineering

Hot Young Engineer Finds A Value In Tutoring Classmates In Australia

Written by Elena Doncheva | Mechanical Engineering | Thursday 8th January 2015 12:14:00 GMT

Stefan Rey, an Australian student and aspiring engineering consultant, benefits greatly from tutoring classmates.

Aspiring engineering consultant Stefan Rey studies at the University of Queensland

Aspiring engineering consultant Stefan Rey studies at the University of Queensland

As a child Stefan Rey, now a mechanical engineer at the top of his class at the University of Queensland in Australia, wanted to build machines that would help people. But now he helps helping others through tutoring.

“I’m passionate about understanding the world around me and how it works,” Stefan says. 

The young engineer has noticed that most people have to write notes to understand and solve a problem. He thinks that to help a person understand difficult concepts, it is important to tailor an explanation to the individual.

“Consequently, for me the best approach when helping others with a difficult subject is to see myself as a person that fills in the blanks in a student’s knowledge," he says.

“Ask questions to see what they know, and clarify any concepts that are not properly understood.”

He thinks that tutoring is a very rewarding experience. “I love the challenge of explaining a concept succinctly and transparently,” says Stefan.

“The appreciation that you get when a person finally understands a difficult concept is immensely satisfying.”

However, he also believes that engineers can learn a lot from the experience, enabling them to look at problems from a different angle.

“Tutoring also helps you gain a deeper understanding [of] the subject matter yourself, and reinforces concepts as you explain ideas from different perspectives,” says Stefan.

He is a part of the RHW Hawken Scholars Program, an initiative aimed at students with high academic achievement that provides educational funding. It also provides high-flyers with networking opportunities by connecting them with iconic engineers, architects and IT specialists.

“These experiences provide fantastic professional development, as they provide opportunities to learn from others, to broaden one’s knowledge and view on life,” Stefan says.

His dream job would be as an engineering consultant – a result of his passion for design.

“I hope to get the opportunity to mentor and help other students in their journey through university, in particular the transition from school to university,” he says.

“It is much easier to work hard for something that you love doing than something that you dislike.”

But he knows the journey will not be easy. His advice to young engineers is: “Focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. As you achieve your goals, you’ll look back and realise it was worth all [of] the effort.”

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