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

ALYSHA

Program: Secondary Education

Alysha is currently a 4th year tackling her way through English and French Second Language, and loving every minute of it! She has had lots of exciting experiences with teaching English, working in classrooms with both ESL adults and first-year international students. Alysha has 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).

AUDREY

Program: Law

Audrey is a first-year Law student, with previous degrees in Drama and German. Minoring in English across both of these, she has ample experience writing in an academic environment, further honed by working at the Centre for Writers. She is happy to help you with any piece of writing, at any stage, from examining late-stage drafts, to brainstorming when you are just starting out.

AYLA

Program: BSc in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Ayla is a 5th year Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Honours student, who is also working towards her Certificate in Sustainability. She is most experienced with research and scientific literature, but can assist with a variety of disciplines and assignments. In addition to scientific writing, Ayla enjoys collaborating on creative pieces and multimodal projects.

BREANNE

Program: Elementary Education

Breanne previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2019, and has worked as a Peer Tutor with the Centre for Writers since 2016. She is happy to help students at all levels with any aspect of their writing, and hopes she can guide them towards feeling confident in their writing abilities.

EMILY

Program: English

Emily believes that every piece of writing should be clear, concise, and logical. She enjoys reading assignments from different faculties and always tries to provide feedback in a kind and simple manner. In addition to English, she is fluent in French, and is currently learning Spanish. In her spare time, Emily likes to work out and develop her passion for gymnastics.

GILLIAN

Program: Elementary Education

Gillian is a 3rd year Education student passionate about all aspects of teaching and learning. She enjoys helping students from all different backgrounds find confidence as writers, and especially appreciates how her role as a tutor allows her to peek into all of the interesting and diverse work that goes on at the University. She is excited to work with you on any project, at any stage in the writing process!

JAYSIN

Program: Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

In their studies, Jaysin focuses on German, translation, and comparative literature. They also have experience writing across the disciplines, ranging from mathematics to linguistics to music. They look forward to assisting you with any kind of writing assignment no matter the stage it is at. When they have a spare moment, they enjoy playing classical piano, watching nostalgic animated TV, or walking through lovely wooded areas with their dog, Meira.

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.

REBECCA

Program: Business Technology Management

Rebecca is a 3rd-year Business Technology Management major and Computing Science minor. She looks forward to helping students in the Alberta School of Business with their written assignments and multimedia presentations. Rebecca also enjoys helping students with analytical and argumentative essays but is happy to help students with the writing of any subject and at any stage. Outside of school, Rebecca spends her time finding new music for her playlists, learning German, and playing Stardew Valley.

SARAH

Program: English Honors

Sarah is in her third year of English Honors and enjoys examining literature from book history perspectives. Although she's specialized in English, she loves to learn from students in other disciplines and hopes they will leave feeling more confident with their projects. When she's not working, or doing school, she's acting as President of the UAlberta Panhellenic Association!

VIVIAN

Program: Education AD/ BA English and Film Studies

Vivian is currently completing her third year of her after degree in Education with a major in English Language Arts and a minor in Social Studies. She is the most experienced with research and analytical essays, but can help with other types of writing as well. When she isn't drowning in homework and studying, Vivian loves playing Stardew Valley, taking naps, watching shows on Netflix and Disney+, and spending way too much money on food.

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: MSc in Bioresource Technology

Bingxin is a master’s 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.

DYLAN

Program: MA in History

Dylan is working towards a Master's degree in Environmental History, studying the socio-ecological dimensions of metallurgical coal mining in the Rocky Mountains. He worked as a writing tutor for three years during his undergraduate years, where he gained experience tutoring students from a broad range of academic subjects. Dylan is comfortable helping you with anything: your lab reports, creative writing assignments, applications, and everything in between. Dylan also empathizes and understands being a stressed-out student. He alleviates his stress by gardening, reading, playing music, hiking in the river valley, and cuddling all the dogs he can.

JULIA

Program: MA in History

Julia is a graduate student with a BA in English, drama and French. She is interested in women’s history 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.

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.

RENÉE

Program: PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Renée is a doctoral student interested in the genetic pathways involved in the development of the brain. While well-versed in lab reports and science writing, she is happy to help with any types of assignments students may bring. Outside of her studies, Renée is enthusiastic about science communication, baking, bouldering, and cats.

SABRINA

Program: PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Sabrina is a doctoral student in the Department of Biological Sciences with a passion for helping students communicate science effectively. Although she has the most expertise in assisting with scientific communication, she is happy to help with any type of writing or multimedia assignment. When not tutoring at the writing centre, Sabrina works in a lab trying to understand the genes that regulate vertebrate cranial development. In her free time, Sabrina enjoys listening to podcasts, rock climbing, exercising, and cuddling with her newly adopted cats Jam and Jelly.

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.

SILVIA

Program: PhD in Slavic Languages

Silvia is a PhD candidate in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, specializing in Slavic Languages. She has extensive experience teaching Writing Studies, English for Academic Purposes, and Technical Communication. She is also the co-founder of the Guided Writing Instruction Groups for international graduate students (GWIGs) at the Centre for Writers. She'll be happy to help you with any kind of writing you're working on!

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.

TASMIA

Program: PhD in Clinical Child Psychology

Tasmia is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the Faculty of Education. She enjoys working with students and helping them share their voices through their writing. She is excited to review papers, research proposals, posters, and personal statements. When not working with students, Tasmia enjoys reading non-fiction for pleasure, baking, and watching TV.

TIM

Program: PhD in Biological Sciences

Tim is a 4th year PhD candidate studying how bacteria respond to stresses. While having the most experience with scientific writing, Tim is happy to help students from any discipline with any kind of writing at any stage of the writing process. He particularly likes helping people prepare presentations and scholarship applications. When he's not in the lab, Tim enjoys playing his out-of-tune piano, listening to various kinds of Japanese music, and reading about history, philosophy, and theology.

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.