Meet Our Tutors

C4W peer tutors are undergraduate and graduate students who have been trained in the theory and practice of peer tutoring. These tutors are enrolled in faculties and programs across campus: in the humanities, the sciences, business, education, and beyond.

Don't worry if you can't find a tutor who specializes in the exact subject of your assignment. All of the tutors are qualified to help with writing in any discipline.

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Fall 2018 Tutors

Undergraduate Tutors

Name: Audrey

Program: German

Year of Study: 4th

Audrey is a 4th year German major, English minor, with a passion for logic and ordering. Continuing her English minor from a previous Arts degree, she has had ample experience writing in an academic environment, which has been further honed by studying to work at the Centre for Writers. She is happy to help you with any piece of writing, at any stage, from editing whatever materials you have, to brainstorming when you are just starting out.

 

Name: Bailey 

Program: English 

Year of Study: 4th

Bailey is an English major currently in the last year of her undergraduate degree. She has taken a broad assortment of courses during her time at The University of Alberta and some of her favourite subjects include Women and Gender Studies, Classics, and Comparative Literature. Bailey is eager to get to know you during your one-on-one session and has learned how to adjust her teaching style to various specific student needs throughout her time as a veteran tutor at the Centre for Writers. She is patient, kind, knowledgeable, and cannot wait to meet and assist you!

 

Name: Breanne

Program: English 

Year of Study: 5th

Breanne is excited to help students of all levels and disciplines in the Centre for Writers this semester. When she's not in class or tutoring she loves being involved in her women's fraternity, and working as Editor-in-chief for the online magazine Her Campus here at UAlberta.

 

Name: Bronte

Program: Open Studies; Previous degree: Bachelor of Arts: History/English

Year of Study: 7th

Class Group Tutor

Bronte is an Open Studies student, who has a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in History and English. She is preparing her Law application and a graduate studies application or two. If you are applying too, she gives you her sympathies. She loves books, coffee, and her cat, but not necessarily in that order. Given how many years she has been in the University, the caffeine addiction is not a surprise! Her goal is to help others become more comfortable and confident in their writing.

 

Name: Dylan

Program: Environmental Studies

Year of Study: 5th 

For better or worse, Dylan is addicted to learning. The BA Environmental Studies degree he is enrolled in is interdisciplinary, offered through the faculties of ALES, Arts, Native Studies, and Science. The path to this degree certainly hasn’t been straight! Initially enrolled in Engineering, Dylan transferred into Conservation Biology and, after following the appeal of English, Philosophy, and every other obscure class he heard about, he now plans to finish his degree. Dylan is as comfortable with creative writing and cover letters as he is with lab reports and analytic essays. Whatever your writing needs, Dylan is here to help.

 

Name: Jacqueline

Program: Philosophy (Honors)

Year of Study: 4th

Online tutor 

Jacqueline is an undergraduate student. She recently entered the Honors program in philosophy at the University of Alberta, but has not chosen a specific thesis topic yet. Her academic interests are, for now, varied and unspecialized. However, she is quite curious about deontological ethics. Outside of her courses, she enjoys working for the C4W and experimenting with creative writing projects. She believes that writing is a complex, arduous process, but that anyone – with effort – can improve their ability to produce context-appropriate material. Her goal at the C4W is to help others develop their skills.

 

Name: Julia

Program: Drama

Year of study: 3rd

Julia is a undergraduate drama student with a minor in French. She is interested in English, writing studies, and gender studies, and enjoys working with students from all disciplines on clarity, concision, and organization in their writing. She understands that developing your writing skills is a lifelong process, and looks forward to supporting other writers at every point in their development. Outside of the writing centre, Julia can be found reading, performing, or petting cats.

 

Name: Kristina 

Program: Comparative Literature and Creative Writing

Year of Study: 4th

Kristina is a lover of the written word--whether it's reading or writing. However, she earnestly understands the difficulty and frustration that can come with writing at any level and believes everyone can gain the skills to succeed in writing and academia. She approaches her sessions with understanding, positivity, and flexible approaches. She is comfortable with multiple forms and styles of writing within various disciplines. Whatever the assignment, she is eager to help.

 

Name: Kyla

Program: English 

Year of Study: 4th

Kyla is working towards a BA in English with a minor in Sociology. She began working as a tutor at the Centre for Writers in Fall 2017. She is an avid reader and would love to hear about any ideas you may have about literature or other topics, especially in your writing. As a fourth-year student, she has experience writing many types of papers for various Arts courses. Kyla looks forward to helping students any way she can!

 

Name: Maryam

Program: Sociology and Comparative Literature

Year of Study: 3rd

Class Group Tutor

Maryam is focused on multiple aspects and fields of writing, but is especially passionate about creative writing, literary analysis, and social theory. All writing is fair game for her, and she is always looking to learn from fields new to her. Other than Literature and Sociology, she also has academic experience in Chemistry, Biology, Classics, and Philosophy. In her free time you can find her buying more books than her shelves can hold (and ignoring them in favour of reading comics anyway) or watching film theory video-essays. She looks forward to working with you!

 

Name: Megan

Program: English

Year of Study: 5th

Megan is a fifth year student in the faculty of English with a minor in religious studies. She has tutored writing for the WRS 101 bridging program as well as tutored at the Centre for Writers previously. She has a specific interest in post-colonial African literature, but enjoys reading all genres and fields of study. She hopes to go into publishing when she is done her degree, but looks forward to any job that has to do with reading and writing. She looks forward to reading anything and everything at the Centre for Writers this semester.

 

Name: Nikole

Program: Bachelor of Education, After degree

Year of study: 4th

After immigrating to Canada at the age of 3, Nikole has been fully immersed in Canadian culture and is proud to call this beautiful country her home (without forgetting her Ukrainian and Slovak roots). The daughter of an aviation engineer father and a mother who dedicates herself to diagnosing those with cancer, Nikole understands that her work is cut out for her. However, she is not afraid of the challenge. With every year that passes, Nikole works hard at refining her writing and her thinking, because her vision is to create a lasting contribution to this world.

 

Name: Nina

Program: English

Year of Study: 4th

Class Group Tutor

Nina's work and volunteer experience includes summers of tutoring and ESL teaching. Aside from literature analysis, she loves to discuss and write for film studies, sociology, gender studies and music. She has been writing non-stop throughout her degree, from arts reviews for The Gateway to personal fiction projects. To her, crafting the thesis statement is life's most thrilling puzzle. As a tutor, Nina wants to empower every student to love writing... or, at least, to not hate it.

 

Name: Stephanie

Program: Secondary Education, Biological Science Major + English Minor

Year of Study: 5th 

Class Group Tutor

Through her studies, Stephanie has gained ample interest and experience in psychology, writing studies, physics, earth sciences, native studies, philosophy, world religions, and sociology. Feel free to discuss these topics with her! During your session together, you will have the opportunity to share your progress, explore any initial concerns, and discuss efficient tactics to remedy high-priority issues. Whether you would like to revise your lab report, ask questions about grammar, gain citation resources, or simply have an outsider's insight for your essay, Stephanie is excited to partner with you!

 

Name: Tyler

Program: English

Year of Study: 5th

Class Group Tutor

Tyler is an undergraduate with a minor in Creative Writing, and is excited for his second year at the C4W. Though his interests lie primarily in writing creative fiction, he also enjoys film studies. He has helped students of various backgrounds and finds his strength in structure and cohesion. Tyler understands that everyone learns at their own pace and knows that patience goes a long way towards helping students grow. He will do his best to help any student become a stronger writer!

 

Graduate Tutors

Name: Alexandra

Program: Law

Year of Study: 3rd

At the Faculty of Law, Alex is a member of the Alberta Law Review's Editorial Board. Prior to commencing her studies at the U of A, she completed her BA (Honours with Distinction) in political studies at Queen's University. Alex focused her studies on Canadian federalism and election politics, but gained writing experience in a number of other disciplines, including international relations, history, sociology, gender studies, and global development. At Queen's, Alex worked as a Peer Writing Consultant at their Writing Centre for three years.

 

Name: Belinda

Program: PhD Comparative Literature

Year of Study: 4th

Writing Group Facilitator

Belinda is a doctoral student of Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. She has a BA in English and an MA in Translation Studies from mainland China. She welcomes students from diverse disciplines and is glad to help with assignments and other writings of different purposes. She has six years of experience working with ESL students in mainland China and is looking forward to working with students with various background. Her own research interests include: gender and queer studies, cultural studies, Chinese martial arts fiction and film, etc.

 

Name: Erin

Program: M.Sc. Biological Sciences

Year of Study: 2nd year

Erin completed her BSc at the University of Waterloo in the ecology co-op program and is currently studying biogeochemistry of permafrost landscapes that are sensitive to drastic thaw. She grew up playing sports during the day and writing at night. Erin continues to casually play hockey, snowboard, and is learning pottery. She enjoys a diverse rotation of books and records. She likes to cook and bake when she has time, and travel when she has money. Erin is very fond of poetry and is happy to have found a home in the BIP community.

 

Name: Kaarel

Program: PhD Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
 
Year of Study: 3rd year
 
Kaarel is a doctoral student interested in problems of Earth history that involve aspects of biology, geochemistry and material science. He has recently published several research articles in scientific journals. His experience studying and working in more than 10 countries has given him an appreciation of the variety of English spoken and written around the world and the diverse set of challenges facing second-language English writers. With his patient and empathetic tutoring style, he aims to create a stress-free and welcoming environment for people at all levels and backgrounds that are looking to improve their writing in the C4W.

Name: Kacey

Program: PhD Molecular Biology and Genetics

Year of Study: 4th

Writing Group Facilitator

Kacey is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology, and her area of study is understanding how cell signaling pathways influence the development of the inner ear. She found an unexpected passion for teaching when she was enlisted as a laboratory TA at the beginning of her graduate degree, and she now strives to help students both inside and outside the classroom to improve their writing skills. Having instructed undergraduates and graduates alike, she has experience teaching her students how to write a wide variety of assignments in the sciences.


Name: Kelsey

Program: M.Sc. Ecology

Year of Study: Second

Kelsey is a Masters student in the Department of Biological Sciences. She studies flight of a forest pest insect, the mountain pine beetle. Kelsey has been a teaching assistant for MICRO and BIOL courses for the past two years. Kelsey completed an undergraduate degree in Zoology and worked as a zookeeper for five years. She currently cares for a pet rabbit named Wally and a gecko named Hoden. Kelsey enjoys physical activities, including running and climbing. She currently is part of the executive board for the University of Alberta Triathlon Club.

 

Name: Majid

Program: PhD TESL

Year of Study: 4th

Workshop Facilitator

Majid is a PhD candidate in the TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) program at the Department of Educational Psychology. He is currently in the fourth year of his studies, and his research is focused on grammar instruction for adult learners of English as a second language. He has been teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes) courses at the Faculty of Extension since 2017. He also has experience teaching IELTS and general ESL courses. As a tutor who has been working at the Centre for Writers for 2.5 years, he welcomes a wide range of assignments, from undergraduate term papers to graduate theses and dissertations, from different areas of study.

 

Name: Mansoureh

Program: PhD Comparative Literature

Year of Study: 6th

Writing Group Tutor

Mansoureh is a 6th year PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. She has a BA and an MA in English, and has worked as an ESL/EFL and literature instructor for many years. Apart from her love for teaching and learning languages, she is interested in women's writing, contemporary fiction, sociology, philosophy, and twentieth century theory and criticism. She would be happy to help you improve your writing skills, and use your written form of English more effectively and become better writers!

 

Name: Mayank

Program: PhD Engineering

Year of study: 5th

Mayank is currently a doctoral candidate in Engineering Management at the University of Alberta. He has been teaching assistant and tutors in science and engineering courses and has published several scientific papers and reports. He is equally proficient at tailoring lesson plans to incorporate students’ diverse interests. Always excited to answer questions and share his love of writing, he hopes to help each individual student achieve his or her unique writing goals.

 

Name: Moni

Program: MSc Rural Sociology

Year of Study: 2nd

Moni is in her second year of the MSc Rural (Environmental) Sociology program, coming from a BSc in Nutrition and Food Science. With this background, she has taken many courses in both the social and natural sciences, and she enjoys learning about these topics from her students. She especially loves working together in the earlier stages of writing. Feel free to visit her with your first draft or even just a couple ideas. It is never too early to start organizing your thoughts and get your creative juices flowing.

 

Name: Shahnaz

Program: PhD Translation Studies

Year of Study: 6th

Writing Group Facilitator

Shahnaz is a PhD candidate in Faculty of Arts, studying Translation Studies. She is passionate about writing and understands how frustrating writing can be. So, she tries her best to help students get through the writing process by helping them understand their errors and mistakes, while teaching them how to improve in those areas. Her goal is to help students gain the skills to criticize their own writings and perform self-editing. Shahnaz can help you in a range of topics including humanities and social sciences, sciences, and engineering in English, French, Persian, and Arabic in both undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

Name: Silvia

Program: PhD Russian

Year of Study: 6th

Writing Group Facilitator

Silvia is a doctoral candidate specializing in Russian language and literature. She received both her BA in English and Russian, and her MA in Russian from Sapienza University of Rome. She has been teaching languages since 2006, in particular ESL (English as a Second Language), Russian, and Italian; she has been a tutor at the C4W for five years and has recently started teaching Writing Studies. Among her interests, there are literature, comparative literature, SLA (Second Language Acquisition), translation studies, linguistics, philology, and much more!

 

Name: Sinjini

Program: M.Sc. Systematics and Evolution

Year of Study: 2nd

Sinjini is a graduate student at the department of Biological Sciences, studying diversity and evolution of fish fossils in Ravenscrag Formation of Saskatchewan, Canada. Apart from palaeontology, she keeps keen interest in creative as well as scientific writing. She loves to learn about various disciplines and would be happy to assist clients from diverse courses. She is also an ardent blog writer, served as an editor for her high school magazine, supervised a 298 student, and has previously peer reviewed symposium abstracts. Sinjini holds a master’s degree in Geology from University of Delhi, India and was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for pursuing a Master of Research in Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Southampton, UK.

 

Name: Spencer

Program: M.Sc. Biology

Year of Study: 1st

Spencer is a Master's student in the Department of Biological Sciences, and is eager to start this year at the C4W. Though most of his time is currently spent reading and writing scientific papers, his interests also extend to poetry and other forms of creative writing. He finds all stages of the writing process enjoyable and will lend a patient ear to those that find themselves in the centre. His research interests include: lichenology, ecology, botany, natural history, and mycology.