NWU Engineering School Tutor Project

Life can be difficult for Grade 11 and 12 learners who have to master challenging subjects such as mathematics in their final years of high school. It can even be more trying when a coronavirus pandemic and its resulting lockdown are added to the mix.

Because mathematics is essential for a career in engineering sciences, the NWU’s Faculty of Engineering joined an initiative to assist learners through online tutorial classes.

The faculty joined forces with the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC)* to help learners master crucial maths skills and concepts which will form the basis for further university studies.

Join us 13 July 2020 at our Virtual Engineering Week to learn more about this programme.

Online tutorials

To register for the online tutorial programme, please complete these forms. Learners will only have until 17 July to apply for the program:

The online tutorials are presented by a team of dedicated postgraduate master’s students. They are chemical engineering students Winroe Meyer, Cara Prinsloo and Caitlin van der Merwe and mechanical engineering students Johan de Beer and Berno Laubscher.

The tutorials are done on the Zoom online platform that provides a safe space for learners to ask questions, do mathematics and receive help from tutors at any time.

All the tutors were trained by the GMMDC. They use the study material of the Department of Basic Education’s National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) curriculum. The CAPS curriculum gives teachers detailed guidelines of what to teach and assess on a grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject basis to ensure consistency and quality.

The classes are presented in both English and Afrikaans. Learners use laptops, desktop computers and smartphones to connect through the internet and access tutorials and learning material.


MobiTutorZaApp and guide promote self-learning

Learners can also access additional resources such as the TouchTutor® self-learning guide and the MobiTutorZa App on the tutorial platform.

Through the TouchTutor® self-learning guide learners discover how uncomplicated and effective self-learning can be. The guide helps them to focus their study efforts, record their results, plot their progress and reflect on their successes and challenges as they work through the various topics.

The guide consists of reference material, important terms and definitions, exercises, as well as a record and reflect page for each topic. 

MobiTutorZa is an Android app that is available in the Playstore. It is CAPS curriculum related and learners can do self-tests and receive results with feedback. It also offers language support in eight indigenous languages. The App can be used to improve maths and science abilities and learners can sign up for monthly challenges. 

“We aim to provide our prospective students, in particular matrics and grade 11s, with online tutorial classes,” says Prof Liezl van Dyk, executive dean of the faculty. “Our primary purpose is not to replace the school system, but to help the engineers of tomorrow to understand and enjoy this very important subject.”

Prof van Dyk says although the NWU’s initial agreement with GMMDC to present the online tutorials comes to an end in July, the university is entering the next phase of this project, which will be extended until the end of the academic school year.

*Click here to learn more about the work of the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre. 

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