Academic Support

Academic in Residence (AiR)

Our AiR - a university Ph.D student who lives in residence - is committed to improving the academic skills of University of Alberta residents. Whether it's receiving guidance for an academic problem or a casual dinner in the cafeteria, you can learn to be more comfortable with the university system. At the same time, it enables faculty to get a good feel for the many pressures and demands that students experience.

Raiany Dias de Andrade Silva lives in Lister Centre; you may find Raiany speaking at your floor meeting or sitting next to you in the cafeteria. You can also set up a meeting with the Academic in Residence to discuss your academics. Whether you're looking for advice about applying for professional programs or tips for successful studying, Raiany will do her best to help. Working out of the Academic Resource Centre in Lister Centre, she can also connect you to other excellent on-campus resources. Feel free to drop in during her office hours!

Additionally, Raiany oversees the Lister Peer Tutor program. The Peer Tutors are upper-year students who excelled in certain classes in their first year who can share tips and tools with you regarding those classes. Be on the lookout for their weekly tutoring times.

To make an appointment, email the Academic in Residence at ListerAIR@ualberta.ca.
Raiany also has office hours each week. These are posted at the Academic Resource Centre.

Irish Scholar in Residence

Barra Ó Scannláin is our 2019-2020 Irish Scholar in Residence. Barra lives in Lister Centre and teaches in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. You can set up a meeting with Barra to discuss your academics, study tips, or the transition to university. Barra’s office hours are posted at the Academic Resource Centre each semester.

Peer Tutor Program

The Peer Tutor program is a great resource for residents. All tutors are students just like you who have already mastered the content of their courses. They're familiar with the challenges you're facing and are happy to share tips & tools with you, giving you an advantage in your studies!

Weekly peer tutoring sessions each week are posted throughout Lister Centre and at the Academic Resource Centre.

Residence Orientation

During the first six weeks after residents move in, many specialized programming opportunities are offered. These programs allow students to learn about the university experience and develop the skills that they will need to be successful.

We Focus On: What this Means for You:
Community: Promoting an engaged and supportive living environment You meet residents with similar interests - and residents who will make sure that you're awake in time for your midterms!
Academics: Encourage and strengthen academic skills and goals Helps you avoid midterm panic by teaching you the academic skills that you need BEFORE it's crunch time.
Safety and Wellness: Foster respectful, healthy and safe behaviours Contributes to clean and comfortable common spaces where you and your friends can cook, study and hang out.
Personal Development: Cultivate social communication and leadership skills You learn the personal skills you'll need to excel as a student...and develop a great resume for after graduation.

An academic advantage is one of the many reasons to live in residence. There are various programs and services available in residence to set you up for academic success. From our Faculty in Residence to the Lister Peer Tutors, there is a resource for all of your academic needs!

Faculty in Residence

The Faculty in Residence (FIR) is a faculty member who teaches at the University of Alberta and lives in East Campus Village. The FIR interacts regularly with residents, especially those who live in Nîpisîy House, Peter Lougheed Hall, Aspen/Maple House, and Pinecrest/Tamarack House. Our current FIR is Moin Yahya, who teaches in the Faculty of Law and has been our FIR on and off since 2007. Moin works to enhance students’ academic success and personal development by running academic programs and providing students with informal academic counselling.

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Are you looking for informal academic counselling in East Campus Village?

Book a meeting with Moin if you:

  • Want to learn more about postgraduate programs like Medicine or Law
  • Need help selecting your courses or choosing a program
  • Need studying or time management tips
  • Need help making a presentation
  • Need help writing a term paper
  • Need help putting together a CV, resume or cover letter
  • Need help with a thesis or research project

You can visit Moin’s office in Nîpisîy House or email him at myahya@ualberta.ca

Academic in Residence

The Academic in Residence (AIR) is a PhD student who studies at the University of Alberta and lives in Lister Centre. Our current AIR is Raiany Dias de Andrade Silva, who is a PhD student in the Faculty of ALES. Raiany works to enhance students’ academic success and personal development by working together with the Head Peer Tutors to oversee and promote the Peer Tutor program in Lister, and by providing students with informal academic counselling.

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Are you looking for informal academic counselling in Lister?

Book a meeting with Raiany if you:

  • Need help or advice about transitioning into university life
  • Need help or advice as an international student in residence
  • Want to learn more about getting into grad school
  • Want help with academic goal-setting
  • Need help making a presentation
  • Need help writing a term paper
  • Need help putting together a CV, resume or cover letter
  • Need help with a thesis or research project
  • Have questions about the Lister Peer Tutor program

Stop by Raiany’s office in Lister during her office hours or email her at diasdean@ualberta.ca

Peer Tutors

The Peer Tutor program is a great resource for residents. All tutors are students just like you who have already mastered the content of their courses. They're familiar with the challenges you're facing and are happy to share tips & tools with you, giving you an advantage in your studies!

Nicole Tan Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Nicole Tan

Hello! I'm Nicole, and I'm a Peer Tutor here in Lister Residence. I'm from Calgary, Alberta and I'm a second year student in the BSc Honours in Neuroscience program. Some of my hobbies include sewing and/or altering my clothes, learning languages, and learning choreography (especially hip-hop!). I'm looking forward to seeing the campus and meeting you all this year!

Mandy Sun  Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Mandy Sun

Hello! My name is Mandy and I am a Head Peer Tutor. I am going into my first year of Graduate studies here at the University of Alberta. In my free time, I like to read, draw, and play instruments. This year, I am looking forward to being a peer tutor again!

Boyuan Tao  Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Boyuan Tao

Hi! My name is Boyuan and I am a peer tutor. I am from China and I am going into my third year of Computer Engineering. When I am in my leisure time, I like to play guitar, and sometimes I also write for fun. This year, I am looking forward to studying harder, getting to know more friends, and enjoying school more!

Snigdha Widge  Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Snigdha Widge

Hi! My name is Snigdha Widge and I am a Peer Tutor. I am from India and I’m entering my second year of a BSc degree with Specialisation in Psychology. I love to read, write poems and blog during my free time. This year, I’m looking forward to helping my peers in the best way I can.

Ryan Chan Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Ryan Chan

Hi! My name is Ryan, and I am a Peer Tutor. I am going into my second year of Bsc General degree in Chemistry. During my free time, I like to read, play badminton and go swimming. This year, I am looking forward to seeing everyone in-person!

Kannan Khosla Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Kannan Khosla

Hi! My name is Kannan Khosla and I am a peer tutor this year. I am from India and I’m entering my second year of CompSci degree with Specialisation and minors in business. I love to play cricket, read books related to crypto and study investment strategies during my free time. This year I’m looking forward to work with an excellent team of peer tutors.

Ishan Arora Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Ishan Arora

Hey! I'm Ishan and I'm a Peer Tutor. I'm an international student from India who is going into his first year of BCom degree, second year overall, with a major in Human Resource Management. When not working or studying, I like to run, read self-help books, watch Premier League and go on walks with my lovely friends. One thing that I'm looking forward to the most this year is meeting new people and learning about their stories. It is going to be so much fun :)

Long Dao Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Long Dao

Hello, my name is Long, and I am a Peer Tutor. I'm an international student from Vietnam and I lived in Vancouver, British Columbia for 5 years. I'm excited to move to Edmonton this year. I'm entering my third year of a BSc degree with Honors in Chemistry. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music while playing with my architecture software, Sketchup. This is my first year in Edmonton and UAlberta campus, so I really look forward to exploring new places and meeting new people here. I also hope to help a lot of students during my tutor sessions.

Anureet Kaut Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Anureet Kaut

My name is Anureet Kaur, and I am a Peer Tutor. I am an International student from India in the second year Bachelor of Commerce (Finance major) program at the Alberta School of Business. I like to make diy craft items and decor, write, do photo/video editing, or play badminton. This year I am looking forward to being more involved in different activities along with doing well in academics, and making this year of my university life memorable, adventurous, and worth it!

Tobby Onyango Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Tobby Onyango

My name is Tobby Onyango and I am a peer-tutor. I am from Mombasa, Kenya and I study mechanical engineering. In my free time I weight-lift, watch sports and go on walks, and this year I am looking forward to seeing my tutee get an A.

Trei Lindstrom Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Trei Lindstrom

Hello! My name is Trei and I am a Lister Peer Tutor for the upcoming year. I am from Chilliwack, BC and I am going into my second year of a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. In my free time I love to watch my favourite teams, the Vancouver Canucks and Seattle Seahawks, and play lots of golf. I am looking forward to forming lots of new connections and friendships this year and being of any assistance in academic help!

Gates Wong Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Gates Wong

Hi! My name is Gates, and I am a peer tutor. I am currently going into my fourth year of a BSc degree, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Psychology. Aside from studying, volunteering and work, I enjoy going to the gym, playing games, investing and hiking. This year, I am looking forward to engaging with the UofA community through my clubs.

Alexia Hu Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Alexia Hu

My name is Alexia, and I am from Calgary. I am looking forward to being a peer tutor for the upcoming academic year! I am going into my third year of nursing in the collaborative program. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. This year I am looking forward to in-person classes!

Parya Pourbehi Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Parya Pourbehi

Hey everyone! My name is Parya, and I am in my second year studying Biological Sciences and minoring in psychology. I will be your Head Tutor for this academic year. I am from Iran and moved to Edmonton two years ago. If I’m not studying or working, I like to work out, grab a bite with a friend, or play tennis. I am very excited to share with you all the things I’ve learnt over the past year. I look forward to tutor amazing students as well as supervising a great team of tutors this year!

Elyse Willis Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Elyse Willis

Hi! My name is Elyse and I'll be a peer tutor this year. I'm from Calgary, and I am going into my second year of a BSc degree with Honours in Neuroscience. I love to hike, bake, and watch loads of movies. I'm really excited to meet everyone in the peer tutor program this year!

Krish Patel Peer Tutor 2021 2022 UAlberta Residences
Krish Patel

Hi, my name is Krish and I am a peer tutor. I am from Lethbridge, Alberta and I am going into my second year majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry. In my free time I like to play either badminton or basketball. I am also an avid watcher of the NBA. This year I am looking forward to having in-person lectures and labs.

Cohort Leaders

There are many options available to customize your residence experience and live with like-minded peers in residence through themed, academic cohort or lifestyle floors. See the Cohorts and Lifestyle Communities page for more information.