Tutor Bios

About our tutors

C4W writing 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.

Do not worry if you cannot find a tutor who specializes in exactly the exact subject of your assignment. All of the tutors are qualified to assess and comment on various forms and styles of writing.

Undergraduate-Level Tutors

Andy

Andy is a Linguistics undergraduate transfer from the University of Victoria with a particular interest in the structural aspects of language, including grammar and syntax. Word play brings this human inordinate amounts of joy, and their favourite part of tutoring is witnessing all the creative ways people express themselves: the novel power of language. Andy’s other interests include camping, hockey, Banangrams and dad jokes.

Audrey

Audrey is a 3rd year German language major, with an English minor. She has previously completed an undergraduate degree in Drama. Audrey has a deep love of the English language, and would be happy to help you with working on clear expression, logical argument, and any puns you might be developing.

Bailey

Bailey is an English major with a minor in a Comparative Literature on the last leg of her degree. In addition to reading and writing within her own program, she is also interested in feminist theory and more creative forms of writing. Her top priorities during her tutoring sessions are ensuring that her client's immediate needs are met and that they leave with enough information to apply to future written assignments as well, setting them up with the tools needed to be better writers overall. Bailey is kind, understanding, and often embeds humour in her teaching style to keep her sessions upbeat. She hopes to instill writing confidence in each one of her clients as well as answer any questions they have and give her best possible advice to them. Bailey looks forward to meeting with you!

Bronte

Bronte Wells is an Open Studies student with the goal of entering Law school in two years. She has completed an undergraduate degree with double majors in History and English. Her approach to tutoring is simple: she wants you to become a more confident writer and she wants to process to be as pleasant and as enjoyable as possible. She works with students to help them determine their writing goals, and then what we can do together to achieve those goals.

Breanne

Breanne is a fourth year undergraduate student with a major in English and a minor in Drama. In her spare time she enjoys creative writing, reading, and anything in relation to musical theatre. She has personally experienced many problems that student writers may encounter in their careers. Breanne is happy to help students at all levels and areas of study in the Centre for Writers.

Chris

Chris is a 4th year Secondary Education student with a major in CTS(foods) and a minor in English. He enjoys reading and learning new things. He has experience with academic papers and argumentative essays. He is interested in helping students improve their writing through an oral dialogue.

Dylan

For better or worse, Dylan is addicted to learning. He is now enrolled in an interdisciplinary BA Environmental Studies, offered through the faculties of ALES, Arts, Native Studies, and Science; the path to this degree hasn’t been straight. Initially enrolled in Engineering, Dylan transferred into Conservation Biology and, despite the appeals of English, Philosophy, and every other obscure class he hears about, he plans (hopes) to stick with Environmental Studies. 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.

Erik

Erik is a fourth year business student with a strong interest in public relations and professional communication. He is very interested in persuasive writing, and really enjoys creating strong arguments and building cases for ideas. He also is a fan of poetry. Erik would be happy to assist you in developing clarity and concision in your writing, and in brainstorming possible critiques of literature.

Jacob

Jacob is currently completing a degree majoring in English and Human Geography. He has vast array of writing experience that encompasses many different faculties and departments at the University and is comfortable working in a inter-disciplinary manner. His academic interests include GIS, environmental research, literary theory, and anything regarding mountains.

Jacqueline

Jacqueline is an undergraduate. She is currently majoring in philosophy, but she also has some experience in undergraduate computer science. Her academic interests include ethics, metaethics, and the philosophy of computing, but she still has a long journey ahead of her to really understand and contribute to these areas. She also enjoys reading speculative fiction, trying to become conversational in Mandarin and German, and occasional creative writing. Her approach to writing is very analytical, and emphasizes the primary importance of strong reasoning and argumentation. Jacqueline knows that writing can be an exceptionally powerful means of clearly expressing ideas in audience-appropriate ways. She believes that for everyone, writing is a skill that can be improved with hard work and reflection, provided that one has the time, curiosity, drive, (and, if necessary, help) to do so.

Joel

Joel is a freshman undergraduate in BScN (Bachelor of Science in collaborative Nursing). He has a couple of citations in health studies from two different B.C. colleges and his passion is for health care.He was born in the Philippines, so is fluent in Tagalog and English. He enjoys reading health related statistical studies and loves discussions about biomedical ethics. He values teaching as much as learning, so he welcomes students from all disciplines to work with him. Joel will use patience, respect and earnest to teach and learn from his clients.Some of his hobbies include: playing guitar, performing magic tricks, having a verbal debate and, surprisingly, domestic work such as cooking and cleaning.

Julia

Julia is a second-year arts student with an interest in English, gender studies and drama. She loves writing and can't wait to help and learn from other writers.

Katherine (Online Tutor)

Katherine is a recent graduate of the Faculty of Education with a Major in English and a Minor in Drama. She taught both English as a Second Language and English Language Arts at École Maurice Lavallée at the end of the 2016/2017 school year but has returned to the U of A this fall to round out her pre-requisites before pursuing her Master's in English and Creative Writing. This is her third year working as a tutor both in-person and online and she looks forward to helping you achieve your writing goals.

Kristina

Kristina is going into her third year as a comparative literature major with a minor in creative writing. She loves the written word and the English language but earnestly understands that it can be frustrating. Kristina approaches her tutoring sessions with positivity, acceptance, and understanding. She seeks to show clients that no matter their level they can write.

Kyla

Kyla is a third year undergraduate Arts student working towards an English degree with a minor in Sociology. She is an avid reader and has experience writing papers for various Arts courses. Kyla looks forward to helping students any way she can!

Mahmuda

Mahmuda is a third year Arts student, interested in becoming teacher. She has chosen to tutor because she loves writing and teaching, and would love to share the joy. She also believes in teaching being a great way of learning and growing. In addition to writing and teaching her other interests include interacting with people (specially children), going to Toastmasters, learning new technologies and languages, as well as doing arts and anything of creative and inventive nature.

Maryam

Maryam is a 2nd year student in the Faculty of Arts, double majoring in Sociology and Comparative Literature. Her strengths include creative writing, social and philosophical theory, and literary analysis. She was previously a Biological Sciences minor, and has a good understanding of writing in STEM subjects as well. She looks forward to working with you!

Maryama

Maryama is a fourth year Arts student double majoring in English and Psychology. She has done countless writing throughout her studies and understands the challenges that students experience during the writing process. She enjoys helping people at any stage of their writing and hopes to help students become more confident writers!

Megan

Megan is a forth year year English student with a minor in Religious Studies. She enjoys reading, writing, and helping others with their writing. She has discovered a particular love for Postcolonial African Literature but she enjoys reading and writing about any genre or time period. She is interested in many genres and fields of writing and she looks forward to helping you develop your writing skills.

Moni

Moni is in her first year of the MSc Rural Sociology program at the UofA. Her academic interests include food production, environmental issues, and sustainable consumption; however, she is happy to chat with you about any topic! Moni believes that writing is not only the expression of ideas, but rather a process for developing and refining ideas. In particular, she loves to help others with brainstorming and organizing their ideas, so give her a visit well before your final draft.

Nina 

Nina is a third-year undergraduate student with a major in English. She enjoys critical essay-writing and creative fiction, and is passionate about language-learning, music, and popular culture. Having prior experience tutoring ESL high school students and teaching English abroad, Nina is open to diverse perspectives on writing and looks forward to working with students who want to grow as writers.

Petra

Petra is a fourth year English major who loves the written word in all its forms, from poetry, to persuasive essays, to reports. She has worked as a technical writer, editor, and blogger for the online presence of several local and international businesses. 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.

Samrah

Samrah is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Education. She is majoring in English and minoring in Physical Education. With the goal of one day becoming a teacher, Samrah hopes to reach out to other students and help them with any writing pieces they may have. Outside of class, she is the President of her Toastmasters Club, enjoys bodybuilding, and loves hanging out with parrots.

Shannen

Shannen is a third year undergraduate English student with a German minor and she is currently pursuing an interest in translation studies. She has a good eye for structure and organization, but also enjoys more creative writing. Years of volunteer work have ingrained a desire to help others and she looks forward to interacting with other writers. When she's not reading or studying, she can be found at a hockey rink or practicing kickboxing.

Stephanie

Stephanie is specialized in Secondary Education, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in English Language Arts. Through her studies at the University of Alberta, she has also gained ample 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!

Steven

Steven is a fourth-year BA student with a major in urban planning and a minor in art history. This mixture of art and science have made him familiar with a variety of writing styles, ranging from technical reports and business memos to visual analysis and reflection. When he isn't writing, he's probably attempting to overcome writer's block by exploring the city in search of an art gallery or a good book.

Tyler

Tyler is a fourth year undergraduate studying at the University of Alberta. He is majoring in English with a minor in Creative Writing. Following his academic career, he aspires to write professionally, with a focus on fiction.


Graduate-Level Tutors

Belinda

Belinda is a doctoral student of Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. She has a BA in English and a 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 in the hope that you improve your writing skills and become better writers. 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 interest includes: Chinese martial arts fiction, gender studies, cultural studies and film studies.

Majid

Majid is a PhD student at the Faculty of Education, specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). He received his Bachelor's in English Language and Literature and his Master's in English Language Teaching (ELT). He has been teaching ESL and EAP courses since 2007. He has also been working as a tutor at the Centre for Writers since May 2016. Majid welcomes writings of different genres from across different departments.

Mansoureh

Mansoureh is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. She has a BA and an MA in English, and has many years of experience in ESL/EFL and college teaching. Apart from her love for teaching and learning languages, she is interested in Women's Writing, contemporary fiction, sociology of literature, continental philosophy, and twentieth century theory and criticism. She would be glad to help you improve your writing skills, and use your written form of English more effectively to become terrific writers! Mansoureh is currently teaching C LIT 101, and would like to encourage her students to book appointments with other tutors at the Centre for Writers, and benefit from their expertise.

Mayank 

Mayank has bachelor and master degrees in Biochemical Engineering and is currently a doctoral candidate in Engineering Management at the University of Alberta. Mayank 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.

Nathan

Nathan has an Honours Degree in Biology from the University of Victoria, as well as a Professional Writing Minor in Journalism and Publishing. He is currently working on a Master's degree in the Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. Whenever possible, he indulges his passion for science journalism and the promotion of science literacy and critical thinking. He's enthusiastic about tutoring not only so that he can help students improve their academic confidence and performance, but also so that he can learn from the unique suite of skills, knowledge, and experience that every student has to offer.

Pony

Pony is a PhD candidate in an interdisciplinary program in the Faculty of Physical Education and the Drama Department. Combining cultural studies and performance studies, their current research investigates the role of drag kinging in the lives of Alberta drag kings. Pony has a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Women Studies from the University of Kentucky and a M.S. in Recreation Management from the University of Montana in the United States. They have published several research papers in scholarly journals and have experience teaching technical writing at the University level. Pony has been a tutor at the Centre for Writers since August 2013; they enjoy working with students from diverse disciplines and they approach tutoring sessions with curiosity and attentiveness, providing guidance and mentorship as needed to help clients become better writers.

Saeid

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

Shahnaz

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 and gain the skills to criticize their own writing 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 languages in both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Silvia

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 four 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! Silvia will also be glad to help you with your assignments and personal writing in Russian 111-112 and all levels of Italian.


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