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. 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.
Korrie G. is a current Masters student in Criminology at SFU who has completed her Honours thesis in the Spring of 2017, titled " “Everyday Systemic Violence”: The Canadian Media’s Portrayal of Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls from 1998 to 2015". Her educational background includes a BA in Criminology, with an extended minor in Psychology. She has also completed a Certificate in Legal Studies and a Certificate in Liberal Arts. Korrie is currently working on her MA thesis "Learning to Walk in the Good Way: A White Occupier’s Path to Supporting Indigenous Justice in the Crisis of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls". She also works as a Teaching Assistant in Criminology, a tutor at the Burnaby Youth Custody Center, and a Personal Trainer who is an avid athelete (particularly in soccer).
Leah W. is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. Following a Master of Research in History at King's College London, and a BA in history and women's and gender studies at the University of Toronto, her research at SFU considers the development of health policies in northern Ontario. She has also worked as an instructor and teaching assistant for courses in the history department and interdisciplinary, community-based courses. Outside of the classroom, Leah enjoys singing in choirs and fostering cats.
Rachel M. is a student in the Master of Arts counselling psychology. Her thesis will concern the conceptualization of psychological agency beyond a modernist paradigm. She also completed her B.A. here at SFU in international studies with a minor in philosophy. She has extensive experience in the mental health and educational sectors including: a referral-based children’s afterschool program, a youth safehouse, and a suicide help-line. For nearly three years, she has worked for a local non-profit supporting adults with long-term mental health diagnoses. From her work experience, counsellor training and personal university experience, she is well-attuned to the diverse difficulties of student life today. When possible, she also enjoys participating in philosophy seminars, reading fiction, and attending dance classes.
Sabrina N. is a student in the Master of Education program in Curriculum and Instruction – Post-Secondary and is currently a lead instructor within the Legal Programs at the University of the Fraser Valley (“UFV”). During this time, Sabrina has also obtained her Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College. Sabrina works actively in curriculum and lesson re-structuring with UFV, including the re-development of the Legal Administrative Assistant Program, many courses within the Paralegal Program and the development of an evidence-based decision making course in collaboration with a community partner. Sabrina’s background also includes early childhood care and education and several years of volunteering within inner-city schools in Vancouver as a reading mentor.
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.