Academic Support Programs

Our People

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Professional Staff

Ryan Burt, He/Him

Ryan Burt, He/Him

Director
(206) 685-5347
rburt@uw.edu

About me

Hi there! I was born and raised in Eastern Washington before moving to our lovely Emerald City to study at the University of Washington. The UW was big, but I was lucky to have friendly professors and inviting programs that made me feel connected and at home. For me that is a great goal for us in Academic Support Programs: to make every student feel supported and at home.  

I loved my undergraduate experience, where I studied English and the Comparative History of Ideas, and decided to continue my studies. In graduate school, I spent a lot of time thinking about how American universities can better welcome a diverse student population and offer classes that reflect an equally diverse curriculum.  Graduate school was difficult, but truly rewarding. In 2008 I received my PhD in the English Department at the UW.  

Over the years I have studied in Italy and Spain and taught for two years at a large public university in Southern Morocco. As I know how exhilarating, mind-opening and challenging it can be to live and learn in a country and culture that is not your own, I am grateful to be part of a team in Academic Support Programs committed to helping our students from all corners of the world succeed.  

Outside of school I love playing and listening to all kinds of music (I’m a drummer), checking out art, cooking, and getting into the beautiful Washington State out-of-doors. I love hanging with my family and friends.  After seeing some amazing parts of the world, I can say that Seattle is one of my favorite places to be.  

Please come visit me in ASP and let me know how I can help you at the University of Washington!

Alli Botelho, She/Her

Alli Botelho, She/Her

Success Coaching Manager
botelhoa@uw.edu

About me

Growing up I was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i which taught me about the values of community and family. From a young age, I learned so much from the community around me and strive to bring a compassionate heart everywhere I go.

In 2014, I decided to move to Seattle to pursue higher education and learn from a new community of people. I went to Seattle Pacific University (SPU) where I studied psychology and learned about subject areas that I was passionate about. My college experience taught me that in order to be successful in higher education, I needed the community of people around me. From being involved on campus in many different organizations that sparked my passions in sharing my culture, service, and event planning, I learned about the field of Student Affairs.

From there, I decided to continue my educational pursuit at Seattle University where I graduated in June 2020 with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Student Development Administration. During my time in the program, I had the opportunity to intern with Academic Support Programs, and I am excited to continue working with an amazing team and students! 

I value community, collaboration, and compassion where I believe that each person has their own strengths and that working together to achieve our goals truly makes a difference. In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends, trying new food places, binge watching tv shows, and working on new art projects. 

Please feel free to reach out, and let me know what I can do to best support you at the University of Washington! 

Lizzy Harman, She/ Her

Lizzy Harman, She/ Her

CLUE Program Manager
eharman@uw.edu

About me

Hello! Welcome to CLUE!

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to Oregon to attend Willamette University. While I always thought I would move back to the sunshine and ocean, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling where I quickly realized that while I had a passion for supporting folks through difficult transitions, I did not want to be a mental health counselor. I found Student Success and Advising at Western Oregon University and was able to work with students who were facing barriers to their education, going through tough transitional times, and provided academic support and a place for students to be heard.

Working primarily with first generation and low income students, I realized the importance of providing a community and supportive space for students to achieve success in college. When my husband and I decided to move to Seattle, I fell in love with the mission of Academic Support Programs and CLUE. I am looking forward to being a part of a community that is supportive of all students at UW and provides a space where it is okay and normal to ask for help.

My husband and I love the outdoors and take every chance we get to go hiking, rafting, skiing/snowboarding, or just enjoying nature. We have three cats, Marshawn (go Seahawks!), Emmitt, and Cleo who often make an appearance in Zoom calls as my lovely assistants. 

Please feel free to reach out and connect with me! I am here to support you in any way I can during your time at the University of Washington!

Student Assistants

Eli, They/Them

Eli, They/Them

Mina, She/Her

Mina, She/Her

About me

I'm a first generation Muslim woman in my second year at UW! A lot of my background is in activism, specifically gender-based violence work and intersectionality within that space. I really enjoy learning in and out of the classroom so you can always ask me what I'm researching on my own at the moment. I also grew up around the Seattle area and I love exploring new places to eat all around here. I've recently picked up embroidery! I can only really make plants right now, but that's alright. I also really enjoy hanging out with my cat, reading out loud with my friends, and putting together cool outfits. Like a lot of students, I found myself overworked and exhausted while virtual learning. I was on Zoom for too many hours a day and found it very difficult to separate my school and home life. I was taking on a lot of responsibilities at once. Eventually the stress got to the point where I felt like getting the grades I wanted in my classes was impossible. I had to take a step back and reflect on what wasn't working. I needed to learn how to delegate work to myself and other group project members, figure out how to schedule time for myself, and I had to advocate for myself to my professors. I learned that balance is really important and attaining it often means asking for help.

Success Coaches

Linh, She/Her

Linh, She/Her

Senior, Philosophy and Psychology

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/599678760

I'm excited about

I love dancing, cooking, biking around Seattle, hiking, exploring nature, and trying new things. My most exciting experience this year was learning how to ski and slowly getting over my fear of height.

Ask me about

As an international student from Vietnam, I was once a shy and confused freshman figuring out how to best study for a class while adjusting to the new environment. However, as I reflected on how much I had grown during the past 3 years, I believed that my stories and experience can help support other students to navigate college and make the most out of it.

Notable academic challenge

Despite always having aspiration to go into law, I never truly learned about it until I took LAW 100 in my first quarter. The class was super interesting to me, however, I only got 60% on my first midterm, which was below class average. I was devastated and started questioning myself if practicing law was even right for me. Without ever having come to an office hour, I was nervous but determined and prepared with an argument to defend my response and get the points back. As expected, I did not get any points back. However, to this day I still believe that what I learned at the office hour was even more important than the grade itself. I learned to accept my struggles and reflect on my study strategies. This experience helped shape my approach to studying completely and helped me gain confidence on my abilities to excel academically.

Gracie, Interim Reinstatement Coach, She/They

Gracie, Interim Reinstatement Coach, She/They

First Year, Law

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/599678481

I'm excited about

When I am not studying (which is all the time) I like to bake, play board games, go on bookstore dates with my partner, watch silly TV shows, and journal!

Ask me about

As a first generation college student, I believe that students need to support each other and learn from one another. As a success coach I want to create a space where you can share about your academic experiences honestly and learn more about yourself and what success looks like for you.

Notable academic challenge

My most notable academic challenge was during my first quarter of college when I failed 2 classes. These failures were not due to a lack of academic understanding but rather a result of lack of prioritizing myself and my health. Once I focused on my self care and trying out different academic paths I learned what worked for me and was able to get back on track!

Miguel, He/ Him

Miguel, He/ Him

1st year graduate, MPH - Health Systems and Population Health

I'm excited about

Outside of academics, I enjoy discovering new music, playing the violin, painting, and taking naps with my two cats!

Ask me about

I am a first generation college graduate and the oldest of four siblings. I graduated from the UW with a Bachelor's of Science in Public Health-Global Health in 2020. I decided to take a year off from school to focus on gaining field experience in public health and have since been working in COVID-19 related research.

Notable academic challenge

One of the biggest academic challenges that I had to overcome at the university was adapting to the types of exams given at the UW. I found this to be quite a challenge given that exams in high school relied heavily on memorization rather than application. After receiving low scores on my first chemistry tests, I feared that the rest of my time at the university would be like that. After meeting with an advisor, I was encouraged to take advantage of resources like the Instructional Center (IC) where I had the opportunity to learn about effective test-taking strategies as well as the opportunity to meet students who were on the same boat as myself. By taking advantage of resources I was able to change my mindset and build on my skills. I am a firm believer that everyone has potential to succeed academically given the right resources and I am excited to share my what I have learned with you!"

Angel, He/Him

Angel, He/Him

Fourth-year, Public Health-Global Health

I'm excited about

I like playing video games with friends, watching tv shows with my sister, and hanging out with my dog.

Ask me about

I’m a first-generation college student working towards a B.A. in public health. I’m excited to be an academic success coach because I understand how discouraging it is to see a drop in academic performance and how overwhelming the unfamiliarity of college can be, especially early on. I hope to provide students with the knowledge that I have accumulated these past few years to lessen the stress students experience and enable them to thrive in a new setting.

Notable academic challenge

One of my notable academic challenges came from a course I was taking for writing credit. Writing continues to be a skill I’m working to improve, and this particular course required me to write in an unfamiliar style. Although I knew that it took me a bit longer to compose a piece of writing, I still could not manage my time well, and as a result, I submitted my essay late and scored poorly. With two papers left to write for the course, I met with my professor to see how I could improve. I created a schedule that helped me stay on top of the long and dense readings and made sure to add a little bit to the paper every day to ensure that a ten-page paper did not sneak up on me on the due date. With a plan in place and some helpful advice from my professor, I scored much better on the following two papers, making writing a bit less daunting.

Katherine, She/Her

Katherine, She/Her

Senior, Education, Communities and Organizations major; English minor

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/599678667

I'm excited about

Working out at the IMA, running to Gasworks, trying out new restaurants

Ask me about

I am an out-of-state student, originally from Los Angeles, California! Currently a senior working towards being more involved in the education field. Working as an academic coach, I hope to share my personal experiences and study strategies.

Notable academic challenge

During my sophomore year, I was falling behind and withdrew from one of my classes due to the lack of time management. I decided to talk with my advisor and looked into the resources at UW. I've learned to plan a schedule that was manageable. This was definitely a learning experience and helped me move in the right direction!

Jesse, He/Him

Jesse, He/Him

Senior, Informatics

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/599678541

I'm excited about

I love playing games of both the video and board variety, I'm a longtime Dungeons & Dragons lover, an avid photographer, and can't resist a good mountain/hiking adventure.

Ask me about

I learned in my 6 years of robotics, and 3 years of musical theatre that luck does not equal random chance. Luck exists at the intersection of preparedness and opportunity, and I believe there is a lot we can do to increase our preparedness, and be open to new opportunities! I am big time into all things self development, time management, and trying to have fun while doing it.

Notable academic challenge

I'm a first generation college student, and come as a transfer student from Edmonds College. I love the rigors of some of UW's more challenging classes, but it hasn't always been easy. In my first quarter, I got absolutely demolished by my first computer science midterm here. With the finals being cancelled due to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there wasn't even a chance for a redemption final to bring my grade up. Through improving my time management and making a greater effort seeking help, I was able to earn a significantly higher grade, and be happier doing it.

Kaylee, Transfer Student Coach, She/Her

Kaylee, Transfer Student Coach, She/Her

Junior, Business Administration, Information Systems

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/599678735

I'm excited about

I enjoy creating art, annoying my cat, and trying and failing to skip rocks.

Ask me about

As a transfer student with learning disabilities, I have tried numerous tips, tactics and resources to succeed academically at UW. These experiences provided me an expansive toolkit to draw from and an in-depth understanding of the challenges the come with transferring to a large university. I enjoy being a resource for others and can't wait to meet you!

Notable academic challenge

I have severe attention and focus issues that require me to constantly evolve the ways I learn. I understand the frustration of trying numerous things and maybe finding something that works.

Dominic, He/Him

Dominic, He/Him

Senior, Business: Marketing with a Minor in Real Estate

I'm excited about

Fishing, playing soccer, watching Seattle sports, cooking

Ask me about

Hi everyone! My name is Dominic Vrana and I am from Snoqualmie WA. I have lived in WA my entire life and I am a current undergraduate senior at UW. I have previously been involved in the Building Networks Mentorship Program as a mentee, mentor, and program manager. If you see me on campus please say hi!

Notable academic challenge

During my sophomore year of college I successfully got into the UW Foster School of business as a first generation student.

Alexander, He/Him

Alexander, He/Him

2nd Year, Planning on pursuing Mechanical Engineering

I'm excited about

I really enjoy playing video games, reading, listening to music, riding my bike, skating and working out.

Ask me about

I am a first-generation college student from Yakima, Washington. I plan to get my bachelor's degree in either mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering. Ever since I was little I have been fascinated by the stars and what lies beyond earth. With my degree I would like to help expand our knowledge of the cosmos and help build the next generation of space technology.

Notable academic challenge

I wanted to be an engineer, but unfortunately when I got my acceptance letter from the UW, I learned that I wasn't accepted into the school of engineering. This made me feel like a complete failure and made me question my future. After a while of sulking in my own insecurities, I realized the only way forward was to stop feeling sorry for myself. I realized that the only way that my dreams could become a reality was simply by existing and pushing myself toward my goal, no matter how difficult it might be. I understand that the acceptance rate for transfers in the college of engineering is quite low, but I am willing to take the risk and am willing to shed blood, sweat and tears to achieve my dreams. Through my determination, I will become an engineer.

Wintana, She/Her

Wintana, She/Her

Third Year, Informatics

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/611971346

I'm excited about

In my downtime I like to just chill and hang out with friends if my social battery hasn't run out yet lol. My hobbies change every few months, but something that's stayed consistent is my ability to spend way too long on YouTube and my love for journaling + writing.

Ask me about

My journey to and at UW was not smooth, but I've learned a lot along the way about how to make the most of your college experience while still succeeding academically. I'm excited to share what I've learned with all of you and help you find strategies to reach your academic goals while still taking care of yourself!

Notable academic challenge

I joined a coding class in Week 3 of my first quarter at UW. That class was my first time coding, and needless to say I struggled! A few more weeks into the quarter, I found a system that worked for me, but my grade was still suffering. I decided to drop the class and retake it the next quarter. When I took it again, I got a much better grade. This experience taught me that your grades don't show how smart you are. I didn't get smarter that next quarter I took the class. I just had more efficient study techniques, devoted more time to the homework, and shamelessly asked for help.

Jermaine, Graduate Student Coach, She/Her

Jermaine, Graduate Student Coach, She/Her

2nd Year Graduate Student, Student Development Administration M.Ed Program

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/600512188

I'm excited about

Watching HBO's Insecure, trying new recipes, walking in nature, completing 1- bucket list adventure each year, and diving into pop, art, and culture

Ask me about

I was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States with my parents when I was 6 years old. My parents wanted me to have a better education, but I struggled to connect to the school content and did not take my academics seriously because of it growing up. In high school, I had no plans of going to college until my college advisor Esther convinced me to "just try to apply". Additionally, with the motivation and support of my mother - I gave it a try. It was the best decision I have ever made. Within the next 5-7 years after my Masters program, I will be pursuing my doctorates.

Notable academic challenge

I am working on improving my technical writing skills. English is my second language.

Jeffrey, He/Him

Jeffrey, He/Him

Senior, Communication

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/599716550

I'm excited about

Spending time with family, playing card games and board games, video games especially Nintendo party games like Mario Kart, Super Smash, and Mario Party, watching and analyzing sports (all kinds but especially basketball and football), food connoisseur (love to try food from small businesses in the area and critic)

Ask me about

I became an academic success coach to help students through their college journey. Sometimes that journey comes with bumps in the road from personal hardships to academic struggles. For me, dealing with the expectations along with the multitude of personal struggles, hard classes, and confusing nature of majors has made my college journey, a rollercoaster to say the least, filled with plenty of down moments. That struggle and being lost pushed me to be an academic success coach. I spent years learning how to cope with all the issues as well as fundamentally improve by focusing and understanding myself. Like any good coach, my goal is to adjust to who you are as a person and your specific skill set, ultimately helping bring out your best to succeed in the college atmosphere.

Notable academic challenge

Time Management

Tiana, She/Her

Tiana, She/Her

Graduate student first year, Masters in Leadership in Higher Education

I'm excited about

Hanging out with friends, learning new recipes, karaoke

Ask me about

I am a first generation student who studied Psychology for my undergrad degree at UW and I am now going into my Masters in Higher Education program! In my previous role I worked as a peer advisor with OMA&D and I look forward to transitioning to this new role as an Academic Success Coach to help students excel in their academics.

Notable academic challenge

Procrastinating and forming healthy study schedules for myself

Daniel, He/Him

Daniel, He/Him

Senior, Math and Psychology

Project areas

https://vimeo.com/611962682

I'm excited about

I like to watch and play basketball, go on walks and play video games (primarily NBA 2k and MLB the Show).

Ask me about

I am a senior at the University of Washington who recently decided to switch my career path from a data scientist to a mental health therapist. As someone who knows how intimidating it can be to switch careers, I want to help people who feel stuck in any part of their academic journeys.

Notable academic challenge

Learning linear algebra was frustrating because my brain could not grasp abstract concepts and thus I ended with a 2.9 in that class. Although I was not satisfied with my grade, I went to office hours for the first time and saw the value in it. My teacher drew diagrams to help me understand the relationships in the 3D world that made learning the material more enjoyable. Because of this, I realized it was okay to ask for help and started going to office hours for other classes.

CLUE Front Desk Managers

Ingrid, she/her

Ingrid, she/her

About me

I believe that each student has the ability to succeed, and that a productive learning environment will help as many students as possible realize this ability. I can facilitate student learning by supporting tutors to ensure each session runs smoothly, whether this means resolving tech issues, relaying communication from students to tutors, or helping tutors find solutions to other problems. I will also strive to maintain an environment conducive to student growth by making CLUE a welcoming place for all students.

Lauryn, she/hers

Lauryn, she/hers

About me

I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, watching movies/tv, eating, shopping, and travel!

Last year I took ART 190 for to fulfill some VPLA credits. I honestly underestimated the difficulty level of the class (for someone like me who has never taken a formal drawing class but enjoys art recreationally. I started out finishing all the assignments during class, never spending too much time on them. Then, when my grades began to reflect that, I started taking the class more seriously and would spend hours on each project, and at times my grades still didn't reflect that. I got really frustrated and down on myself, but what I learned is that you should put your best foot forward in every class, no matter how easy or difficult you perceive it to be, and if you're doing your best that's all you can do! I shouldn't have underestimated the class at first, but I also should not have gotten down on myself for receiving certain grades when I was doing all that I could. Have grace with yourself and try hard things!

CLUE Tutors: Chemistry

Natalie - Lead tutor, she/hers

Natalie - Lead tutor, she/hers

Senior, Disability Studies and Biochemistry

I'm excited about

Organic Compound Synthesis, Chemical Bonding, Stoichiometry

I've taken

CHEM 142-162, CHEM 237-239, CHEM 241-242, BIO 180-220, GENOME 361 I can also help with: Biology

Ask me about

Tennis, Arts & Crafts, Reading, Volunteering, Golfing, Playing with my Pets

Notable academic challenge

During Spring of 2020 (the first online quarter), I failed the first exam of Biology 220. I had spent hours preparing for this exam and taking this exam, so when I got my final results it was really hard to understand. This class was really important for me to get into my major, so I was really disappointed. For the rest of the quarter, I spent more time studying, changed how I was studying to adapt to online, and talked with my peers and others. I ended up improving my grade by a full GPA point from the first grade projection in the class. This taught me how to adapt to different professors' classes and work even harder to achieve my academic goals.

Tutoring philosophy

My tutoring philosophy is rooted in that the most successful tutoring occurs when a strong tutor-student relationship is established from the beginning and there is an accessible and inclusive environment. I believe that tutoring effectively requires a mutual trust and respect which empowers a more dynamic conversation in which the student can freely ask questions. My goal for tutoring is to understand each student’s different learning style as well as support amore confident learner.

Lukas, he/him

Lukas, he/him

Junior, Chemistry (ACS Certified)

I'm excited about

Physical Chemistry: thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and electrochemistry.

I've taken

CHEM 145,155,165,335,336,337,346,347,452,455, and 457 (I'm proficient in honors gen- and ochem series, in addition to the pchem series for Chem majors) MATH 307, 308 (I can help with differential equations and linear algebra)

Ask me about

Making music (jazz), working out, traveling, cooking, city exploring.

Notable academic challenge

My grade from intro biology series is not one of the things I'm proud of. I have experimented different studying strategies for the three intro bio classes respectively. However, the outcome reflected by the exams was less than satisfactory.

Vidha, she/her

Vidha, she/her

Junior, Biochemistry/ Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology

I'm excited about

Reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry.

I've taken

Chem 142, Chem 152, Chem 162, Chem 335, Chem 238, Chem 239 I can also help with: Phys 114, Phys 115, Phys 116 and Math 126

Ask me about

Knitting! I'm still a beginner but I like trying different knitting projects.

Notable academic challenge

When I was first taking organic chemistry, I would be on top of all the studying and read the chapter and do problems beforehand. I felt the most prepared for OChem and expected to ace the test. But when I would get my midterm scores back, I would score below average consistently. I would get so discouraged and didn't understand how I could do so poorly after studying so hard. Then I analyzed my studying techniques and realized I was just passively learning and not stopping to think about the questions I missed. After reflecting and trying to actively learn, I started to do much better in OChem.

Tutoring philosophy

My focus is making chemistry more digestible for everyone and reducing the stigma of chemistry being a skill that is innate within people. My learning strategy is drawing from personal experience and using analogies we see in our daily life will help students break down chemistry. By using their own experiences to understand concepts, I intend the students to then to form a game plan for any problem encountered. As a tutor, I emphasize the journey of finding a plan to solve a problem more than the final answer itself.

Kiersten (Kikki), she/hers

Kiersten (Kikki), she/hers

Junior, Neuroscience, minor Global Health

I'm excited about

Organic reaction mechanisms

I've taken

AP Chemistry (CHEM 142-162), CHEM 237-239, CHEM 241-242 I can also help with:  BIOL 180-220, BIOL 355, GENOME 371

Ask me about

traveling, hiking, playing/watching soccer, listening to music, finding the best cafes for studying

Notable academic challenge

My freshman year I took physics 122 and had done really well all quarter so I had a solid grade going into the final. However, because of my grade I didn’t study that much and prioritized other classes instead of spending the time on physics that I should have. I got a much lower score on the final and ended up decreasing my grade in the class way more than I expected. Since then, I have learned that it’s not smart to coast in a class and that it’s important to study for all your finals, even ones where you feel confident in the material.

Tutoring philosophy

My goal is to help students develop critical thinking skills that they can use to tackle new and challenging problems. Chemistry is a difficult subject, so one way I plan to help is by working with students to break down tough topics into more easily understandable parts. I also hope to encourage students to ask questions and engage with the material so that they can come away with more knowledge and tools to continue independent learning.

Trinity, she/hers

Trinity, she/hers

Junior, Biochemistry (BS) and Spanish (minor)

I'm excited about

Biosynthesis for pharmaceutical and medical purposes, organic chemistry as whole, reaction mechanisms

I've taken

Chem 142, 152, 162, 237, 238, 239, 241  

Ask me about

I love video games, surfing, anime, tennis, drawing and watercolor painting

Notable academic challenge

My journey in chemistry started out pretty rocky. I took chemistry in my first year and dreaded it. The first few intro classes of chem felt monotonous and frustrating with lots of disappointing and stagnant exam scores. Honestly, I felt inadequate and that it just stood to test my motivation and grades. But as I started to delve deeper into the material and actually try to connect what I was learning to other classes and the real world, I started to realize how fundamental and just really cool chemistry truly is. What I hope is that I can help others reach this kind of understanding as well so that they don't feel stuck in this feeling of frustration and doubt that I had in the beginning and instead can look past it and become excited and open to learning about chemistry!

Tutoring philosophy

My goal as a peer tutor is to bridge the gap between what professors teach in class and what students learn from it. I wish to foster independent learning in students, which means the way I tutor will be designed to encourage students to figure out answers for themselves. I will accomplish this by asking them to explain their thought process for problems and to show me the work they have done so far. Based on that information, I can then provide the concepts and guidance needed to nudge them in the direction of the solution.

Maya, She/They

Maya, She/They

Junior, Chemistry

I'm excited about

Resonance structures, stoichiometry and organic reaction mechanisms!

I've taken

CHEM 142-162 237-239, 241

Ask me about

Knitting, video games, and reading

Notable academic challenge

I took CHEM 241, a lab course during one of the online quarters. Since we weren't able to conduct the labs ourselves, I had a really hard time remembering and understanding the techniques we were supposed to use. I managed to pull through with my knowledge of the theory but swore off taking another lab course until I could do it in person!

Hannah, she/her

Hannah, she/her

Shreya, She/Her

Shreya, She/Her

CLUE Tutors: Fab Four

Sarah, Biology Tutor, she/hers

Sarah, Biology Tutor, she/hers

Junior, Medical lab science, minor in chemistry

I'm excited about

Pathology, human physiology, and cellular mechanisms

I've taken

BIOL 118/119, BIOL 180/200/220; I can also help with: NURS 201, HSERV 100 and chemistry

Ask me about

Neuroscience research, tennis, cooking, and photography

Notable academic challenge

When I was taking Phys 121, I struggled quite a bit with the content and ended up scoring well below the average on my first midterm. I was very frustrated with physics, as a whole, because I didn't know why my study habits weren't getting me the grade I wanted. So, I decided to reach out to my TA as well as my roommate, who had already taken the physics series. With their support and advice, I was able to change my mindset about physics and do better on the next exams. After this experience, I realize how beneficial external support and a growth mindset can be.

Mohil, CSE Tutor, He/him

Mohil, CSE Tutor, He/him

Senior, Mechnaical Engineering

I've taken

I love hiking, composing music and reading novels.

Rishabh, Computer Science Engineering Tutor, he/him

Rishabh, Computer Science Engineering Tutor, he/him

Junior, Computer Science

I'm excited about

I love logical reasoning. Computer programming enables me to use logical reasoning to design and build solutions that have varied applications.

Tutoring philosophy

As a CSE tutor, I want my students to enjoy learning CSE. CSE can be frustrating a lot of times, but I want students to feel the happiness and satisfaction one feels after finally achieving the desired output after spending hours coding and debugging a project/assignment. I will guide students towards achieving this output ensuring that they understand what I’m trying to teach and that they gain sufficient knowledge to not need my help in the future. CSE cannot be learned if I as a tutor directly provide students with the solution, I will only guide students towards this solution by asking them effective questions that take them towards the answer. Every student and every situation is unique, so I will be flexible with my teaching techniques and react differently to each situation.

Heather, Statistics Tutor, she/hers

Heather, Statistics Tutor, she/hers

Masters, Statistics

I'm excited about

Attempting to summit Mt Rainier next year!

I've taken

STATS 311, PHRMCY 514 (biomedical stats), CHEM E 436/437 (Stats for chemical engineers) I can also help with: All things chemistry!

Notable academic challenge

An event that I considered an academic failure was when I first transferred from community college to undergrad. I was not doing so well in my classes like I was before due to the major changes in environment and classroom teaching styles. My grades plummeted, but I studied even harder. After I got into the groove of things and into my major of choice, Chem E, I started to become a better student academically and socially.

Tutoring philosophy

My teaching method is to guide students to the right path to understand the concepts needed to form their own conclusions and facilitate their understanding. My attitude towards the student is to be patient and empathetic to maintain a professional and friendly relationship with the student. I will constantly strive to improve my teaching and look for ways to improve as a teacher. There is always room for growth as a person and as a tutor.

CLUE Tutors: Math

Shenwei (Lead), he/him

Shenwei (Lead), he/him

Senior, Chemistry (ACS), Mathematics, Physics (Comprehensive)

I'm excited about

I found differential equations and linear algebra quite enjoyable and helpful in higher-division courses in other departments. Group theory is also fun and comes handy in inorganic chemistry. I relish solving all sorts of math problems :)

I've taken

MATH 126, 307, 308, 340, 334/5, 402, 464, 480 (Fourier Analysis), AMATH 352 I can also help with: CHEM 312, 321, 416, 418, 422, 426, 455/6/7, 464, 485, 550

Ask me about

How about a few rounds of Gwent?

Notable academic challenge

Life taught me a pricey lesson when I failed to realize the importance of having a school-life balance. For a period of time, I concentrated solely on studying and paid little attention to anything else. Turned out this worked poorly, as you could imagine. It hurt not only my academics but also my physical health. Since then I have learned to make sure that I involve all necessary elements in my decisions, which is helping me perform well academically and in life. Slowly but surely, I am improving.

Tutoring philosophy

Students come to CLUE with varying learning styles, preparation levels, and academic backgrounds. As a tutor of math, I strive to cultivate a co-learning environment that embraces these differences and that will facilitate students’ mastery of difficult information. To effectively support you, I will try to accommodate your learning style and collaborate with you on working through problems. To help you not only solve the problem but also generalize the idea to relevant applications, I am able to provide examples with which I will guide you in interconnecting abstract concepts. Throughout the process, I also ensure that you feel comfortable with the material and with expressing any concerns over parts that are hard to digest. It is my hope that, after the session, you will be able to recognize and tackle similar mathematical problems and carry this enthusiasm beyond the classroom. I am more than excited to help and grow with you through the journey towards revealing the beauty of mathematics!

Gianluca, he/him

Gianluca, he/him

Graduated, Mathematics, minor in AMATH

I'm excited about

Manifolds, they are beyond POGGERS. Probably some of the coolest things in math, and I will not stop talking about them if asked.

I've taken

Math: 134/5/6, 334/5/6, 394, 402/3/4, 424/5/6, 441/2/3, 480 (Fourier Analysis), 544/5. I can also help with: AMATH

Ask me about

Hike, play video games, wipe endlessly on mythic bosses, watch anime, eat out, and hang out with friends. Pop off and talk about math.

Notable academic challenge

During Math 335, I started to not take the class as serious as I had been, and started being really lazy when it came to studying for that class. In the end, during the second midterm it really showed, to myself especially, that I truly had no understanding of what I was learning. I don't mean the you're-reading-the-textbook-and-you-have-no-clue-what-it-means-and-you-somehow-understand-it-later thing. I mean, I legit had no clue what was that material. That catastrophe stuck with me, and I ended up pulling my act together, not in time for the end of 335, but definitely for Math 336, and I performed better and I understood more.

Sparsh, he/him

Sparsh, he/him

Sophomore, Computer Science and Mathematics

I'm excited about

Linear Algebra, Probability Theory, Real Analysis, Geometry and (obviously) Mathematical reasoning

I've taken

MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136, MATH 300 I can also help with: PHY 121, CSE 142, CSE 143, CSE 143X

Ask me about

I love cooking (alone and for myself), reading books (by the likes of MFK. Fisher, Roald Dahl, Terry Pratchett, Enid Blyton, and whoever else I can either get my hands on or is strongly recommended by my sister), and definitely going out on long walks with my camera in hand, music in ear, photographing whatever locale I happen to be in.

Notable academic challenge

I had glanced through the textbook of the Phy 121 before the quarter started and concluded that I had done all of it in high school and thus wouldn't need to devote as much time each week to it. Lectures went smoothly and so did the initial assignments. I aced the first midterm and then decided that I needn't even spend time outside of class. Midterm 2, no surprises here, went horribly. With barely two weeks before finals and a hell lot of work, I somehow got through it by pulling in all-nighters and barely sleeping at all. Even though I managed to get a decent grade, it wasn't worth that hassle. I could have possibly done better by studying consistently and regularly rather than dismissing it altogether at the outset

Tutoring philosophy

Tutoring entails more of asking questions rather than providing answers so that students, for the most part, solve their problems by themselves. My tutoring philosophy focuses on enabling the student to become better learners, providing them with the necessary tools and background so that they may seek answers by themselves. This, I believe, helps in learning the value of independent studying and fosters critical thinking, encouraging them to practice and regularly assess themselves to achieve a certain level of mastery of their chosen subject.

Jake, He/him

Jake, He/him

Senior, Mathematics

I'm excited about

I've been very interested in probability theory but I always love some good differential equations

I've taken

MATH 124,125,126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 394, 395 I can also help with: Up to ~200 level spanish

Ask me about

I love listening to and talking about music of most types although I mostly listen to Hip Hop, indie pop, EDM, and a little R&B. I like most outdoorsy stuff like hiking, swimming, camping, and skateboarding. I also play my fair share of video games and am a part of the PC building community. I'm pretty social although recently that has been nipped in the bud due to our dear friend covid. I also love to cook although I am still refining my craft.

Notable academic challenge

There was one quarter where I took MATH 300(introduction to formal mathematics) and 324 at the same time which as you might imagine, was not easy. Both classes ask you to think in ways that you are not used to with classic calculus focused courses. Early on I got quite frustrated with my MATH 300 work because it felt like every proof I wrote was just wrong somehow. The professor even ended up reaching out to me asking if I needed any additional help like outside of class or if there was something going on that was causing me to do so poorly. I was frustrated, partly because 394 was proving challenging as well and her reaching out really made me feel like I had just met my maker. No one likes being reassured that they actually are doing poorly and that it's not just a fluke. In my email back, for better or for worse, I expressed some of this frustration. After I sent the email I had that feeling of both vindication that I had been able to communicate what was bothering me, but also mixed with regret that I had vented to the wrong person. To my surprise, she took it extremely well, reassuring me that it was very common for students to struggle initially and that almost everyone figured it out by the end of the quarter. After all, that is sort of the point of education. She made some suggestions to me about what to do in my situation, some of which I heeded. I found a guy in my class that I bonded with over EDM and performing poorly on tests and ended up spending hours in the library with him going over proofs and helping each other through this tough class. In the end, after a long final study session in the library and a bowl of homemade ramen, we both ended up exceeding our expectations wildly on the final and passed the class with a better grade than I would have ever expected. I would say there are two major takeaways from the experience. It is important to ask for help when you need it, even if that means swallowing your pride, and sometimes, just saying something outloud does more to help you process it than writing it down a hundred different ways ever could.

Tutoring philosophy

Learning to me does not mean the acquiring of knowledge in the applicable field, but rather an improvement of one’s ability to acquire knowledge within that field. Teaching therefore, must include subliminal (or otherwise) ways of strengthening the students ability to navigate the discipline they are studying. I use the word intuition often when I talk to students, because I think it communicates that a strong mathematical understanding is built on strong intuitions about difficult concepts. In order to truly learn something in a field of mathematics or truly anything else, I try to nudge their intuitions to a more helpful place, not just teach them how to perform the operation. By allowing students to self-identify and correct mistakes they leave more equipped to solve their own unique problems in the future.

Melina, she/her

Melina, she/her

Junior, Mathematics and Marine Biology

I'm excited about

All things Calculus!

I've taken

MATH 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 327 I can also help with: Q SCI 381, plus any other marine biology classes!

Ask me about

I love art like painting and photography. Also love my bullet journal and taking care of my plants.

Notable academic challenge

In math classes, I often feel like I know the content before the class, leading me to not put in enough effort. This was especially rough in MATH 300. I thought I knew how to write a proof so I did not put the effort I should have into the homework. This became obvious after the first midterm. I was so shocked that I got such a low grade. I worked so hard before the final, studying proofs and all the homework, and even though I expected a bad grade, I have never been prouder of myself for using a final and a lot of hard work to pull my grade up. I got almost a full grade point higher than I expected after the first midterm.

Tutoring philosophy

Learning is not just getting the problem right, but understanding the deeper concept to a level that can be applied to any problem. Teaching is not about telling the answers, but rather about guiding the student through the right process to the answer with a deeper understanding. This is the goal in tutoring--to not help the student answer every question but to have them answer a question with understanding that can be applied to every question.

Kaylene, she/her

Kaylene, she/her

Junior, Mechanical engineering

I'm excited about

I like linear algebra, differential equations, and simply anything calculus. Broadly I also enjoy general derivation and trigonometry because I love the puzzle of it!

I've taken

I have taken Math 124, 125, 126, 307, 308, AMATH 301, and I'm currently taking Math 224. I can also help with some early engineering classes, like AA 210, ME 230, ME 123, etc.!

Ask me about

I love learning about astronomy and aerospace technologies. Outside of school I also enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring the city.

Notable academic challenge

At the beginning of quarantine, I didn't focus enough on my math class at the time and failed the first midterm. I had to reevaluate my schedule and priorities and was able to eventually pass the next midterm and get a good grade in the class overall. This taught me to better budget my time and how to deal with difficult classes.

Michael, he/him

Michael, he/him

Sophomore, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Applied Mathematics

I'm excited about

Partial Differential Equations

I've taken

Calculus 124-126. Multivariable calculus, linear algebra, differential equations. AMATH 301, 352,353. I can also tutor chemistry (142,152

Ask me about

For fun I like to go hiking, kayaking, and explore the city. I also enjoy reading (especially Fantasy like the Wheel of Time), rocketry, and robotics

Tutoring philosophy

I strive to create lifelong learners out of students by giving them the tools to become independent learners. I wish to encourage mastery and competency by instilling in them the critical thinking skills needed acquire mastery in mathematics. I will do this by creating visualizations for the student to follow and replicate when doing their own problems. I also hope to break down the problems into logical steps so that students can use a similar process to solve more complex problems. Using these methods and approach to learning I can foster a positive attitude towards learning and give students the skills to succeed.

Kristina, She/Her

Kristina, She/Her

Junior, Math, Minor in Statistics and Climate

I'm excited about

Linear Algebra & Abstract Algebra (for now)

I've taken

Math 126 300 307 308 340 380(second course of Linear Algebra) 324 327 424 I can also help with: CSE 142 143, STAT 311 390

Ask me about

Music, Basketball, Movies, Travelling, and Cats!

Notable academic challenge

At the beginning of the first quarter of my freshman year, I thought I would be working solely and completely on Math and not putting any attention on other classes, because I am so passionate in Math. However, in my Atmospheric Class, I get really into this subject of climate and global warming, which I ended up doing as a minor. Even though I did not fail the classes from subjects that are not Math, but life did teach me that I should open my heart to accept things that I am not familiar with and step out of my comfort zone.

Tutoring philosophy

The one characteristic that I always follow and practice while teaching is enthusiastic. Many people would argue that having a strong academic background to back you up should be the most important. However, my faith is that even if I do not know how to solve a problem, specifically a math problem, by having an enthusiastic heart, I can encourage students to discuss the problem with me, from which we both can learn a lot. Furthermore, by bringing enthusiasm into CLUE, I want to share my passion for math with students who need help with it and witness their growth throughout the process.

Matt, he/him

Matt, he/him

Graduated, Math

I'm excited about

Abstract Algebra, but I enjoy going full nerd on anything from unit conversion to Laplace transforms.

I've taken

Almost every math course! I can help with ACCT 215/225 and ECON 200/300. I can occasionally help with first year Physics as well.

Ask me about

Food

Notable academic challenge

I consider my greatest failure as not going to graduate school. I would like to have learned more computer science; that gap in understanding pursues me in my professional career.

Andrew, he/him

Andrew, he/him

Junior, Civil Engineering

I've taken

MATH: 124, 125, 126, 307, 308

Ask me about

I enjoy playing soccer, hiking, swimming, and many other outdoorsy activities. I am always down to discuss the latest gaming news or anything anime. A more niche hobby I have is woodworking.

Notable academic challenge

During my first quarter at UW I retook calculus 2 or MATH 125. Since all the material was familiar, I was breezing through the course, acing every exam with minimal reviewing/studying. I was overconfident in my knowledge, so when the final exam rolled by, I barely studied for it. And rightly so, I forgot important information needed to complete some questions. What should have been a nice GPA booster, became an academic failure and a lesson I am glad I learned early on.

Mark, he/him

Mark, he/him

Senior, Statistics and Economics

I'm excited about

Applications of theoretical fields to real-world situations

I've taken

MATH: 12x, 30x, 324, 402-403 STAT: 302, 311, 34x

Ask me about

Music, Reading, Hiking

Notable academic challenge

In Spring 2021, I took ECON 301 (Intermediate Macroeconomics). While the course built on material I had seen previously, much of the material referenced were topics I had not reviewed for many years. This, and the fact that this had been my fifth quarter online led to a feeling of burnout and exhaustion which caused me not to put the same amount of effort in the class that would have been up to my usual standard. Too quickly, I brushed this off as not enjoying or needing to understand the material, but as I was nearing the end of the quarter and worried about whether or not, I would pass the class. I spent time reflection on my actions and attitude and realized that even though the class was challenging, I would have been in a less stressful situation at the end of the quarter if I had been more proactive about my learning at the beginning of the quarter. Going forward, I will be cognizant of my attitude to make sure I am setting myself up best for success.

CLUE Tutors: Physics

Aaron (Lead), he/him

Aaron (Lead), he/him

Senior, Computer Engineering

I'm excited about

Quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, energy & sustainability

I've taken

PHYS 121, 122, 123, PHYS 225

Ask me about

When outdoors, I like running, hiking, biking, and fishing. When I’m inside, I enjoy cooking and playing video games!

Notable academic challenge

For a technical writing class I took, the final assignment was a group project. It was difficult to collaborate on a written paper, so my group did the bare minimum without meeting or discussing much. We ended up getting a low score, and I have since learned to be proactive about organization and planning, especially when working with others.

Tutoring philosophy

My tutoring philosophy is based on the innate ability for any individual to accumulate knowledge. By giving students the problem-solving tools to build off of their own abilities, I hope to promote a lifetime of passion for learning. This approach requires a careful attention to each individual’s perspective and learning style.

Luke, he/him

Luke, he/him

Junior, Comprehensive Physics and Astronomy

I'm excited about

quantum mechanics, astrophysics, and cosmology

I've taken

Intro Physics series 12x, Physics 224, Physics 225, Physics 227, Physics 228, Physics 321, Astronomy 300, Astronomy 322, Astronomy 323, Intro Math series 12x, Math 307, Math 308

Ask me about

I love camping in dense forests and hiking along streams, besides astronomy, math, and physics I'm fascinated by evolutionary psychology and nearly all topics of history.

Notable academic challenge

One academic failure that I've faced at UW was my Math 124 grade, I got 2.5 and was devastated because it's a subject I love, I worked harder and learned from my mistakes which allowed me to improve my grade each Math class I took from there on.

Tutoring philosophy

My main goals in tutoring are; to nurture the student’s capacity to independently study, understand, and solve problems or concepts relating to the material they’re learning, this hinges on my ability to identify what issues the student may have, then address those challenges through cooperative efforts. My strategy in identifying the challenges posing the student starts with decomposing the problem methodically by asking questions about the problem and the concepts at play, while listening for when progress slows; by providing just enough help to allow them to continue on their own I make sure independent learning is nurtured, as progress continues I allow the student to work themselves tapering off my involvement gradually. Tutoring to help develop the student’s ability in a kind, patient, and effective manner is of paramount importance.

Gilbert, he/him

Gilbert, he/him

Sophomore, Electrical Engineering (intended)

I'm excited about

Mechanics, electromagnetism and waves.

I've taken

I have taken Physics 12X series, Math 12X series, Math 307, Math 308, Math 324, and CSE 142.    

Ask me about

I love working out, running, cycling, swimming, and eating.

Notable academic challenge

I have been interested in computer science but after I took CSE 142 the results are not as good as I have expected and this disappointed me. It took me a lot of time to review the materials, ask questions, as well as actual coding to get through the concepts and to be able to type out a code for each specific question. However, during this time, I am able to find a balance between study and relax so I am able to enjoy my university life as well as finishing my school work efficiently.

Haoran, he/him

Haoran, he/him

Junior, Applied Physics/ ACMS

I'm excited about

Electrodynamics, waves, Quantum mechanics

I've taken

PHYS12x, 225, 224, 227, 321, 322, 334, 231

Ask me about

Hiking, Rock & Metal music and playing them on instruments, badminton.

Notable academic challenge

I took my Electric Circuit class during my sophomore year, which I was really looking forward. However, the pandemic made things different: I did not have the chance to get my hands on the circuits physically, but just stared at the "virtual lab" behind the screen. It killed a big part of my interest in this class, and not being able to play around the circuits in my hands made the topics of that class confusing to me. I ended up getting a 60% for my first midterm. I pulled myself together after that and got an OK grade in the end. I am keen to come back to campus in person!

Gonzalo, he/him

Gonzalo, he/him

Junior, Physics and Applied Mathematics

I'm excited about

quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and condensed matter physics

I've taken

Physics 12x series, PHYS 224,225,227 and 228. Can also help with AMATH 301,351 and 383. 

Ask me about

I like hiking, biking and soccer. I love learning new things and a nice cup of coffee.

Notable academic challenge

While taking physics 121 on my first quarter at UW, I ended up failing my second midterm. I realized the issues I had managing my own time and I ended up with a good grade in the class thanks to the final. Since then I try to study for all my classes on a daily basis.

Tutoring philosophy

My main goal when I am tutoring is to help students develop critical thinking and their enthusiasm for the subject. I hope to encourage independent learning outside of the classroom with the use of interesting examples that show the applications of physics. As a tutor, I will help you find the answers to your questions by guiding you in the correct direction and trying to find an explanation that adapts to your strengths.

Yifan, she/her

Yifan, she/her

Junior, Computer Science

I'm excited about

Quantum mechanics

I've taken

Phys121, Phys122, Phys123

Ask me about

Food and dogs

Notable academic challenge

During my first quarter at UW, I didn’t balance well my work and study. Woke up at 6 am to do morning shifts led me to fall asleep in my afternoon CS class. I was so anxious and depressed just before the midterm because I found I didn’t catch any class content. I had to review (or more likely preview) everything I missed in less than a week. At that time all I wanted was to pass the exam, even 60/100 was good enough. Although I eventually did it well, this terrible experience taught me a lesson. After that, I planned my schedule wisely and studied harder in the class, which gave me a good result.

Will, he/him

Will, he/him

Senior, Electrical Engineering

I'm excited about

Circuits

I've taken

Phys 122, Phys 123

Ask me about

Sleeping

Notable academic challenge

Not getting more involved in the school culture earlier in my academic career

Adit, he/him

Adit, he/him

Sophomore, Physics and ACMS (intended)

I'm excited about

Relativistic and Gravitational Physics, Quantum Gravity, Particle Theory, Vector Analysis, Topology

I've taken

Phys 12X series, Math 12X Series, Math 307, Math 308. Currently taking Phys 224, Phys 227, CSE 143X

Ask me about

I love to work out, play basketball and watch sports. NBA, EPL, Formula-1 anything. I also love binging watching Sci-Fi and thriller movies and TV shows. I’m pretty likely to strike up a conversation if it’s in any way related to Marvel.

Notable academic challenge

I tried to skate through my first quarter at UW thinking I had a relatively minimalistic workload. But soon my Psych 101 class, dubbed to be the easiest course at UW, caught up to me. Due to the wrong company and an inadvertent attitude, I ended up barely passing that course. It was from the next quarter I decided to live up to my potential and work hard to achieve that by constantly challenging myself.

Seulchan, he/him

Seulchan, he/him

Shaowen, he/him

Shaowen, he/him

Senior, Electrical Engineering

I'm excited about

Energy, Motion,Circuitry

I've taken

Physics 121, 122, 123. EE 215 and EE233 is also helpful

Ask me about

play basketball, have road trip, cooking

Notable academic challenge

I am very interested in political science class so I took a political science class in spring quarter. However, I found out that the real political science course is different from what I thought. And it was very time consuming. I ended up not getting a good grade because I had to invest more time on my major classes. This failure taught me that sometimes only having interest cannot let you be successful in a class. You have to really work hard and invest tons of time in it. So I learn that I should be more aware and do more research before taking a class.

CLUE Tutors: Writing Center

Fleur (Lead), she/her

Fleur (Lead), she/her

Junior, Neuroscience

I'm excited about

Something that excites me the most about writing is how interdisciplinary it is. This is something that I really learned through the Honors Program, and is what I love the most about writing- it truly applies to almost every academic discipline there is. More specifically, I am really interested in research papers, especially science papers, as well as philosophy/ethics.

Tutoring philosophy

I believe that the first step to fostering talented writers is to develop their confidence with their own abilities while helping them to maintain a growth mindset. I strive to create a positive, open environment for my students to be vulnerable and critically reflect upon their writing and their writing skills. By asking lots of open-ended questions, emphasizing what I consider to be the highlights of their piece, and giving constructive criticisms, I hope to make my students comfortable enough to work on their writing skills and their writing in general, in a positive and supportive way.

Yina, she/her

Yina, she/her

Masters, Juris Doctorate Candidate

I'm excited about

My undergraduate degree is in Religion, so I'm excited to tutor in any subject related to that! My specific focuses were on the intersection of Christianity with race and gender; the relations between religion, violence, art, and war; and how race affects scholarly models in the study of Buddhism in America.

I've taken

I got my undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University, so I haven't taken any UW-specific classes I am well-oriented with most Humanities courses.

Ask me about

I love art and reading! During my sliver of free time I like doing art projects and drawing. I may not be good at either, but I think it's important to have a hobby that can help you relax!

Notable academic challenge

My first quarter of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing did not go so well and the grade I received on my final paper was much lower than I was hoping it would be. What I had to remind myself is that some professional/academic fields require a very different writing style than what you're used to and sometimes that can have an effect on your grade. It thus important to talk to someone that is familiar with the style you're writing in before submitting your work because some professors can be strict when it comes to style!

Jada, she/her

Jada, she/her

Junior, English and ECO

I'm excited about

I really enjoy reading and writing in their simplest form- for fun! The subject of English is exciting to me in that it encapsulates what is genuinely cool about these activities, in part this is words and linguistics. Words are beautiful, so much fun to use, and can be used to express so many different things. I am excited by the idea that they shape our cultures and realities. I like to treat their usage like art and I am so excited to help others have fun with this too!

I've taken

ENGL 202 ENGL 258 enrolled in ENGL 302 and ENGL 346 for fall 2021 btw

Ask me about

I like to run and also lately trying almost any type of new sport, collecting books and clothes, music, all types of foods, watching movies and spending time with my friends. Hiking, biking, reading, writing poetry, baking

Notable academic challenge

I actually feel like my one technical failure was that I did not get a A in drawing class last year, but that this was not really a failure because I really learned so much!

Tania, she/her

Tania, she/her

Senior, International Studies and Asian Languages and Cultures

I'm excited about

I am excited to work with others to mutually improve our writing techniques and guide those seeking improvement on papers and assignments. Writing plays an integral role in all subjects and it being so diverse interests me as it serves multiple purposes. I am looking forward to reading an array of papers and providing tips that can be used for future successes.

I've taken

I have taken multiple JSIS, and honors courses focused on writing multiple papers.

Ask me about

As a JSIS major, I have a great interest in traveling and learning new languages but outside of school I have an interest in painting and collecting albums. I enjoy taking walks while listening to music and reading romance novels. I, like many others, enjoy binge-watching shows, specifically reality tv shows, and I enjoy classic horror films!

Notable academic challenge

My first economics class was difficult for me as an incoming freshman. My first exam was terrible and by midterms, I was close to failing the course. I quickly realized I was unable to learn the material on my own, as I had previously done. I was exposed to new concepts constantly and falling behind was inevitable as concepts built on each other. These failures showed me seeking help was the only way to improve not only my grade but my knowledge. In the second half of the course, I was attending all the CLUE sessions and going to every office hour available. The first half was academically a failure but I learned how to be successful in the future and took away a valuable lesson.

Tutoring philosophy

As a tutor, I want to create a safe space for students to be their authentic selves. I want the space to be a discussion and collaboration of ideas and for power structures to be dismantled. Writing is tough, and I want to help students who may struggle in this subject become independent and strong writers. My goal is to have students leave feeling confident and more prepared than when they arrived - and maybe enjoy writing along the way!

Stephanie, she/her

Stephanie, she/her

Sophomore, Psychology

I'm excited about

I'm excited about helping other students solidify writing skills that apply to all majors!

Tutoring philosophy

My goal is to help students develop the skills they need to thrive and succeed in any writing situation. As a tutor, I want to cultivate critical thinking and metacognition so students can access and implement strategies to strengthen their writing. I value conversation-based learning, so during sessions, I will ask questions to facilitate reflection and deeper thinking, and encourage students to voice their own ideas and concerns in addition to mine. Writing is a way to express oneself and should be enjoyable, so ultimately, I want every student to be confident in their skills and have fun during the writing process.

Lane, she/her

Lane, she/her

Sophomore, Pre-health Sciences

I'm excited about

Writing can be immensely personal, no matter the genre or purpose. An author's voice is what makes or breaks a piece, their view of a topic what drives it. I look forward to helping students best infuse their voice into their work and getting to learn about each of their unique perspective through the process.

I've taken

English 131, English 111, English 284

Ask me about

I love exploring Seattle, trying new food, hiking, reading, and having Netflix marathons with my friends

Notable academic challenge

My freshman year at UW, I started taking the beloved chemistry series- online, at that. I knew it was going to be harder than any class I had taken before but when combined with a rough transition to college life and dealing with the effects of the pandemic, I felt lost amongst impossible chemistry problems. I felt as if my future was slipping away along with my grade, that I would have to leave my dreams of college and a career in the health field behind. It was only after I spoke up about my struggles with my roommate that I began to feel hopeful. My friends and family helped me adjust to my new life with their love and support. I was able to find the academic help necessary through CLUE and office hours, and little by little, I began to grasp chemistry (not completely though, I still can't understand quantum mechanics to save my life and don't intend to try any further). Along the way, I learned that I didn't have to ace every quiz to feel as though I was doing my best or that one failure means the end of my dreams. I may have failed at first to live up to my own preconceived ideas of success but ultimately I finished the chem series and look forward to continuing my education.

Fernanda, she/her

Fernanda, she/her

Senior, English and ECO (Education, Communities, and Organizations)

I'm excited about

Within writing and English in general the part that interests me the most is the learning of the language as well as the strengthening of that language. Learning new ways to strengthen one's own command over a language whether it be learning new ways to write, widening one's own vocabulary, or even developing new writing styles is really fascinating to me. Language acquisition to me in general is pretty exciting and interesting as I love learning new languages!

Tutoring philosophy

I aim to engage with students in a way that will enrich their understanding and enable them to transfer the skills that they have learned into other areas. I also aim to incorporate the culture and background of the students I work with into the work that we do. Apart from this I also wish to learn from the students that I work with so that there is learning happening on both sides. Overall my goal is also to constantly keep checking the privileges that I hold as well as keeping in mind how the positionalities as well as my identities, play a role in the interactions I have with students.

Caden, he/him

Caden, he/him

Junior, Political Science: International Security & History (Intended)

I'm excited about

Writing is a fantastic outlet for creative expression and originality, so I am excited to work with students and unlock their unique voice. Also, writing is applicable to nearly every subject, and I look forward to learning about foreign concepts through student's' papers. Personally, I am incredibly interested in research papers for social science courses.

I've taken

I have taken majorly political science and history classes that are generally writing and research driven. 

Ask me about

I am an avid sports fan and will forever support my Los Angeles teams (Chargers, Lakers, etc..), as well as Chelsea FC. I also listen to music a good amount and spend too much brain power learning useless facts about sports, history, or Survivor. Finally coffee, I drink way too much of it.

Notable academic challenge

My very first in-class essay was rough. I completely overthought my argument and became overwhelmed when the clock started; what was in my head did not transcribe to the paper. However, that experience enabled me to feel comfortable working through difficult prompts and more confident in addressing my mistakes.

Annie, she/her

Annie, she/her

Sophomore, English

I'm excited about

I'm excited about organizing, sequencing, and constructing ideas in an argument! I also love creative writing and seeing what kinds of rad metaphors and slick words people produce, especially in poetry!

Tutoring philosophy

I want to be a tutor who genuinely listens and poses thought-provoking questions to promote independent learning. As a writing tutor I will strive to help my peers construct and organize their ideas so they can deliver their message as best as they can. I want students to see their own writing confidently and positively because they each bring perspectives and thoughts no one else sees. As a human, I want to be encouraging and kind, recognizing that everyone has stressors in their lives, in hopes that I can help support them and help them feel cared about during our session! And lastly, as a student myself, I obviously don’t know the answers to everything, so we’re in this learning and growing experience together, and it’s going to be rad!

Oliver, he/him or they/them

Oliver, he/him or they/them

Sophomore, Comparative History of Ideas

I'm excited about

Taking exciting classes in my major questioning human nature, the human mind, and our physical world.

I've taken

JSIS classes that demanded heavy writing on why questions relating to issues all over the world. 

Ask me about

I recently took a course in ceramics and it has become one of the many art interests I have. I also love cooking and one can be sure to find me indulging in fancy bakes while I am in my apartment.

Tutoring philosophy

As a tutor, I value the practice of independent learning. I am a strong believer that a crucial aspect of tutoring is confidence building. If a student leaves the session with enough confidence in their ability to see themselves as capable of independently practice what was learned I would call it a successful session. Personally, I would also like to see my space to be open, free of judgment, and prejudice free for anyone. I am open to any criticism that comes in that front, especially as my ability to do that reflects the success of the session. I also encourage international students to see this as a space to address queries about academic conventions that they might be familiar with, as I understand how it tough it is to transition to UW.