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Graduate Facilitators: Learning / Back on Track Team

Our Learning/Back on Track team is comprised of paid SFU graduate students in the role of facilitators committed to helping students develop and improve their academic learning strategies, such as study techniques, academic reading, note-taking and time management. Graduate facilitators support the Back on Track program by working with students one-on-one to create individualized learning plans and meet with students in group settings to facilitate discussions about academic learning. They also facilitate workshops at the SLC and for campus partners.


Alex P
Alex P. is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology at SFU with a MA in Psychology (University of Vienna) and a background as early childhood educator. Throughout her studies, she has been committed to finding solutions for problems faced by students. Her research focuses on academic self-handicapping and procrastination. In the Ed Psych research lab at SFU, she also works on strategies for time management and the use of technology for more effective learning. From her experience as a researcher, educator and international student, she understands the various challenges of university life and is looking forward to team up with you and help you overcome these challenges.

Donya S
Donya S. is a PhD student in Educational Psychology at SFU, and completed her MA thesis in Spring 2017, titled "Self-Explanation and Self-Questioning Prompts in Online Medical Health Learning." Her educational background includes a BSc in Life Sciences at UBC, with a minor in Psychology. She also completed the Certificate Program for University Teaching and Learning. Donya is interested in researching how students can best learn while studying online. She works as a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant in the Ed Psych Learning Sciences lab, involved in research using online learning software (nStudy) to develop features and learning analytics that help students study more actively and effectively.

Nicole A
Nicole A. is an MA student in Arts Education at SFU, with an interest in arts-based research. She holds a BA in World Literature, where she continues to work as a Teaching Assistant. She is also a poet, avid dancer, and a Research Assistant with the Art for Social Change (ASC!) Research Project.

Suzanna M
Suzanna M. is a PhD student in the School of Criminology specializing in forensic science. She has her MSc from the University of Sheffield, UK, and her BA from UBC. She works as a teaching assistant for science-based courses in the School of Criminology, as a laboratory supervisor in the Centre for Forensic Research, and has recently taken on a position as a Graduate Writing Facilitator for the SLC. Having been a post-secondary student for over a decade, she understands the difficulties and stressors associated with university life and learning, and is looking forward to working with students to overcome these challenges. When she's not working or studying, Suzanna enjoys hiking with her dog.

Sylvia B. is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Communication. She has teaching and teaching assistant experience in three different departments at two different universities. She loves her work most when she is helping students grow as creative and critical thinkers. Sylvia holds an M.A. in Communication and Culture (Ryerson University and York University) and a BAH in Political Studies (Queen's University). In her time away from the SLC and her research commitments, she enjoys her work as a violence and abuse prevention educator for the Canadian Red Cross and role as Mentorship Coordinator for the International Association of Media and Communication Research.