Ruyi Jin says she has fallen in love with learning at Victoria University.
“The units are informative and interesting. I always learn new concepts that challenge my previous assumptions and drive me to be an active learner. I have also benefited a lot from the Block Model.”
Ruyi says she chose VU because it offers a three-year course, compared to four years at some other universities, and because of the teaching facilities at the Footscray Park campus.
“The assessments have impressed me a lot,”
“During my previous study, an assessment meant an essay or a presentation. But at VU, the assessments are so much fun! So far, I have created a website, a video, a timeline, a virtual child’s profile for the case study and delivered a science lesson. The assessments are interesting and creative. Gradually, I have built self-confidence and fallen in love with learning.”
Ruyi says she has adapted easily to the Block Model of teaching, in which students study one unit, or subject, at a time.
I really appreciate the Block Model. It means students have the time to review content, reflect and do the assessment. The Block Model presents a clear learning schedule and there is a reasonable workload. The intensive learning helps me to develop a deep understanding of the content and to get good marks.
“I think the Block Model will become the trend around the world. I have heard from my previous teacher that Chinese universities are beginning to adopt it as well.”
Ruyi says the VU teachers have been supportive and inclusive.
“They all have a lot of teaching experience so they can illustrate concepts with up-to-date cases and help us to understand the situation in practice. They are caring, approachable, kind, supportive and inspiring. When I am confused about something, they always patiently explain it in different ways until I understand it, or they show me a resource that will deepen my understanding. They are good listeners and we often laugh in the classroom. They provide a very pleasant and relaxed environment for learning.”