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 2019 Tutors

Undergraduate Tutors

Name: Alysha

Program: Secondary Education (English)

Alysha is currently tackling her way through English and French Second Language, and loving every minute of it! She has had lots of exciting experiences with teaching, working in classrooms with both ESL adults and first-year international students to better their English, and now, tutoring in the C4W! Alysha has had extensive practice writing papers for Arts disciplines, and loves to help with organization and essay planning. When she isn't furiously typing out essays, you can find her swimming laps or watching mediocre indie films (which she does truly enjoy).

Name: Audrey

Program: German

Audrey is a 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: Bronte

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

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: Emily

Program: Arts/Psychology

Emily is in her third year of Psychology in the BA program, though she has plans to switch to a major in English which she is most passionate about. She is experienced in teaching fine arts and piano and would be delighted to work on any writing assignment regardless of genre or level of completion. Outside of school, Emily enjoys playing the violin and watching rhythmic gymnastics.

Name: Jacqueline

Program: Philosophy (Honors)

Online Tutor

Jacqueline is an undergraduate student with an interest in ethics. She is most experienced with writing essays for philosophy classes. In her spare time, she enjoys reading speculative fiction, volunteering with English language learners, and worrying about things. Her favourite aspects of tutoring involve helping people refine their thesis statements and testing out their arguments. 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: Jayson

Program: Modern Language and Cultural Studies (German honours)

Jayson is experienced with writing in various fields, from literature studies to applied linguistics. Although writing is not a simple task in any discipline, they firmly believe that everyone has the potential to improve, with effort and help. They love providing that help, whether with structure, logical flow, or just flushing out ideas. Outside of university, they relax by playing piano, nostalgic Nintendo, or going for walks with their dog.

Name: Johanna

Program: Philosophy

Johanna is an undergraduate student currently studying Philosophy with a minor in German. A life-long language lover, she has taken classes in Spanish, German, and Japanese (although German is the one that has stuck the best) and she sympathizes with the struggles of writing in a second language. Johanna hopes to pursue a Master of Library & Information Studies after finishing her bachelor's degree. Essays are the type of writing that she has the most experience with, but she is happy to help with any form of writing.

Name: Jonathan

Program: BSc with Specialization in Physiology and Developmental Biology

Jonathan is in his fourth year of undergraduate study and is studying physiology and developmental biology. Despite being versed in sciences, Jonathan finds much joy in other fields of creative or expressive writing. Some interests of his include dancing, karaoke and any aesthetics related to Alice in Wonderland. At the Centre for Writers, Jonathan aims to help writers in becoming more assured in their abilities to write impactful texts that communicate meaningful ideas that are relevant to them.

Name: Julia

Program: English/Drama double major

Julia is a fourth-year undergraduate student with a double major in English and drama and a minor in French. She is interested in history, 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: Maryam

Program: BA in Sociology and Comparative Literature

Maryam has extensive experience writing in the social sciences and humanities, but also especially enjoys working with writing outside of her disciplines. She is an avid reader and her favorite genres include fantasy, sci-fi, autobiography, and poetry. She looks forward to working with you!

Name: Peter

Program: Open Studies (previous Diploma Architecture and Engineering Technology)

Peter is an Open Studies student upgrading his education to pursue a Masters of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design. He enjoys science fiction with a passion but believes anything written well is enjoyable. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and rock climbing. Peter wants to share his love for writing and show others how to appreciate it without dreading it.

Name: Vivian

Program: Open Studies (Previous degree: Bachelor of Arts: English (Major)/Film Studies (Minor))

Vivian is an Open Studies student and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an English Major and Film Studies Minor. She is most experienced with research and analytical essays but can help with any piece of writing. Aside from tutoring at the Center for Writers, she is currently a volunteer contributor for The Gateway. Outside of school, she likes to spend her time listening to audiobooks, watching Netflix, and spending way too much money on food.

Graduate Tutors

Name: Anna

Program: PhD in Transnational and Comparative Literature

Anna is a doctoral student at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, with a previous background in Translation Studies and experience of teaching English and German as foreign languages. Her primary interests are translation theory, gender studies, and second language acquisition. She would be happy to help students from various disciplines with a wide range of writing genres and types of assignments.

Name: Belinda

Program: Comparative Literature

Guided Writing Instruction Group Tutor

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. Her major research interests include queer and transgender theories, post-colonial studies, studies of Chinese martial arts fiction and film.

Name: Erin

Program: Master's in Biological Sciences

Erin is a self-described creative scientist, who is passionate about science communication. Erin believes that the power of science is directly related to how well it is communicated. Her writing and tutoring style focuses on logical structure, flow, and clarity.

Name: Jasdeep

Program: Biological Sciences/Palaeontology

Jasdeep is a PhD candidate at the Department of Biological Sciences. She is currently in the third year of her studies, and her research is focused on systematics and evolution of African Cichlids. She has been teaching BIO 108  at the Faculty of Biological Sciences since 2017. Having instructed undergraduates as a TA, she has experience teaching her students how to write a wide variety of assignments in the sciences. Apart from that, she loves photography, hand embroidery, and styling hair.

Name: Kaarel

Program: Doctoral studies in Earth sciences

Kaarel is a doctoral student interested in problems of Earth history that involve aspects of biology, geochemistry and material science. His scientific publications, presentation experiences, and his work in several different countries have made him particularly able to help both first and second-language English speakers grapple with the diverse set of writing challenges in the sciences. However, he is happy to help students at all levels and disciplines improve their writing in the C4W.

Name: Kacey

Program: PhD Molecular Biology and Genetics

Guided Writing Instruction Group Tutor

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: Majid

Program: TESL

Majid is a PhD student in the TESL program at the Faculty of Education. He has been working as a tutor at the Centre for Writers since 2016. He has also been teaching EAP courses at the Faculty of Extension for two years. He welcomes different types of assignments, including dissertations, theses, CVs, Statement of Purpose letters, and class essays.

Name: Petra

Program: MLIS Library and Information Studies

Petra is a first year Master’s student of Library and Information Studies who loves the written word in all its forms, from poetry, to persuasive essays, to reports. Aside from her passion for the English language, Petra also speaks, reads and writes in Arabic. She loves to help others find their voice on paper.

Name: Rebekah

Program: MSc Biological Sciences

Rebekah studies behaviour in the worlds largest breeding population of Arctic Peregrine falcons, in terms of their response to climatic change. She is interested in becoming a professor in the future, and building on current experience as a TA at the university, enjoys seeing students grow as writers and in particular, as future scientists. Outside of university life Rebekah enjoys rock climbing, Pilates, and on a more quiet evening, painting!

Name: Renee

Program: MSc Molecular Biology and Genetics

Renee is an MSc student in the Department of Biology interested in unravelling the complex network of genes involved in hindbrain development. Renee is an enthusiast about science communication and how we can make scientific breakthroughs both accessible and understandable. Having experience in working as a TA in laboratory courses, as well as writing project reports and proposals, Renee is excited to work with students on their writing.

Name: Reza

Program: Master's in Chemical Engineering

Reza is an M.Sc. student in the department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. He has experience teaching IELTS courses to ESL students. He enjoys reading autobiographies and film reviews. Although, when it comes to writing, he spends most of his time writing journal papers and technical reports. His working fields are polymers, interfacial phenomena, and oil sands extraction. He is very excited to help clients with various types of assignments and enjoys sharing his experiences of writing in English as a second language with other ESL students.

Name: Saeid

Program: Chemical Engineering

Guided Writing Instruction Group Tutor

Saeid has a master degree in Chemical Engineering and is currently Ph.D candidate in Mechanical Engineering department. He has been teaching assistant and tutors in engineering courses and has published scientific papers and reports. Saeid is familiar with ESL writing challenges and he welcomes writers from various subjects and disciplines. As such, he would be delighted to help in your writings and accomplish your writing goals.

Name: Silvia

Program: PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures

Silvia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. She has extensive experience teaching English and other languages, like  Italian and Russian, and she has been tutoring, teaching workshops, and leading writing groups for a number of years. She can help you with any type of writing and assignment at any stage of your writing process.

Name: Stenette

Program: PhD in Anthropology

Stenette is a PhD student in Anthropology with a passion for helping people set and reach their writing goals. Having studied in France for two years, she has a first-hand understanding of the challenges that come with needing to think and write in a language that you are not completely comfortable in. She has experience tutoring people from many different walks of life, from children just learning to read and write, to adults learning English as a second language. She also tutors high-school learners and students within specific academic fields, which ranges widely within arts and social sciences. She truly believes that anybody can write well if they are willing to work at it, and is very excited to teach you the skills you need to become a confident writer.

Name: Teea

Program: Educational Psychology / Teaching English as a Second Language

Teea is a first year Master’s student of Educational Psychology. Her area of study is Teaching English as a Second Language. As an undergraduate, she studied Classics and Anthropology. She has experience working with English language learners in Canada and abroad and enjoys helping them find their voice in English. Teea is happy to help with any type of writing assignment and has a particular passion for assisting students support their arguments.

Name: Thuy

Program: Chemistry

Thuy is a doctoral student in the Chemistry department. She has been a teaching assistant in chemistry courses and has experience tutoring English writing. She is familiar with writing challenges for ESL students, and she would be happy to help students from various subjects and disciplines.

Name: Yaghma

Program: English and Film Studies

Yaghma is a PhD student in the Department of English and Film Studies. She has worked as a translator and has some experience in teaching English to ESL learners. An ESL student herself, she is familiar with the challenges of writing in English and would be happy to help you improve your writing skills.