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.

Undergraduate Tutors

JAYSIN

Program: Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (German)

Although they focus on German, translation, and comparative literature in their degree, Jaysin also has experience writing across the disciplines, ranging from mathematics to linguistics to music. When they are not helping others develop their writing skills, they engage in restorative activities like playing piano, snuggling their kitty, or agonising over all the books on their shelf that they have yet to read.

KASHISH

Program: Computer Science

Kashish is a computer science major who is keeping her passion for writing alive by tutoring with C4W. Her motto in life is to make writing less intimidating for as many people as possible. In her free time, you will find Kashish writing letters and scrolling Instagram.

Graduate Tutors

ANNA

Program: PhD in Transnational and Comparative Literatures

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.

BINGXIN

Program: PhD in Bioresource Technology

Bingxin is a PhD student interested in sustainable aviation fuel production. She has a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Food Science. While she is most familiar with science and engineering writing, owing to her diverse background and experience in foreign language writing, she understands the challenges of writing in a second language and is more than happy to help students from various disciplines. In her spare time, Bingxin enjoys playing the piano and dancing. She is also a real baker!

DERYA

Program: PhD in Transnational and Comparative Literatures

Derya is a PhD candidate and in her fifth year in Transnational and Comparative Literatures. She has been working as a TA and a principal instructor for the MLCS at the University of Alberta. She has a decade of teaching experience as an ESL instructor and a passion for trees, ancient cities, people's stories and apple pies. Her passion for tutoring comes from her desire to be a part of a meaningful dialogue between people, cultures, and texts. She intends to make sure people can write as well as they mean. Her favorite quote, "To those who no longer have a homeland, writing becomes home" by Theodor Adorno, defines her tutoring philosophy.

KAYLA

Program: MSc in Urban & Regional Planning

Kayla is a student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Her background includes a Bachelor of Education, as well as a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She worked as a Tutor for 2 years during her undergraduate degree at the Centre for Writers, and she is very happy to be back. Her background and experience have made her comfortable with the writing process on a wide variety of academic topics, and she would love to help you with any part of the writing process!

LILY

Program: PhD in Media & Cultural Studies

Lily is a PhD (ABD) candidate in the Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, specializing in Media & Cultural Studies. She obtained a BSc in Honours Geophysics and a MSc in Mathematical Physics before deciding she wanted to study literature and other cultural texts. In her limited spare time, she writes teleplays. She is happy to help you with any writing assignment—including the dreaded PhD candidacy prospectus.

RACHEL

Program: PhD in Anthropology

Rachel is a biological anthropology PhD student with a strong passion for writing and studying lead exposure in ancient populations. She has previously worked as a lab TA at the University of Alberta and as a peer writing tutor at the University of Saskatchewan. While her specialization is in the social sciences, Rachel is happy to help individuals of different disciplines with their work at any stage in the writing process, from getting a project started to fine-tuning it. Outside of her academic work, Rachel enjoys walking dogs, reading for fun, and making polymer clay earrings.

RAYTHA

Program: PhD in Ecology

Raytha is a doctoral student in Ecology, with a passion for science and communication. They have experience with all stages of writing in scientific research, from brainstorming ideas to preparing proposals, lab reports, and term papers, but they are happy to help anybody in a variety of subjects. Raytha believes that everybody can learn from their writing and become a better communicator. Outside of school, Raytha enjoys cooking, working out, and playing video games.

REBEKAH

Program: PhD in Ecology

While Rebekah's thesis focuses on behavioural ecology, she is open to helping students with writing projects from a wide range of fields and topics. Rebekah particularly enjoys working with students in the early stages of the writing process such as forming ideas and working through understanding the assignment guidelines. In her spare time, Rebekah enjoys tending to her 80+ house plants, gerbils, and growing collection of freshwater tropical fish.

SHUCE

Program: PhD in Chemical Biology

Shuce is a PhD candidate in chemical biology, Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on developing optogenetic tools for calcium signalling. Shuce obtained his BSc in biology from Beijing Normal University before moving to Canada. Shuce is familiar with various formats of scientific writing, including manuscripts, thesis, grant applications, reviews, etc. As an experienced tutor and TA, Shuce aims at growing students’ writing skills by critical thinking and reasoning. Shuce is particularly enthusiastic about helping students who speak English as a second language.

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 range 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.

YAGHMA

Program: PhD in English and Film Studies

Yaghma is a PhD student in the Department of English and Film Studies. She has experience working with English language learners and has also worked as a principal instructor and a TA for EFS here at the UofA. Her interests are TV studies, queer theory, and fan studies. She would be happy to help you with your writing, whether you’re brainstorming for an upcoming essay or hoping to get feedback on a completed assignment.