Student Learning Commons: Writing and Learning Peers

Writing and Learning Peer Educators are student volunteers who help their fellow students in learning strategies -- such as study skills, note-taking, time management, and exam preparation -- and a variety of academic writing strategies. They are selected based on their transcripts, writing samples, faculty recommendations, and an interview process, and receive in-depth ongoing training on topics such as interpersonal communications, effective and ethical tutoring techniques, writing-in-the-disciplines, and language structure.

The SLC Writing and Learning Peer Program has earned an internationally recognized tutoring credential (Level 2 of the College Reading and Learning Association's International Tutor Program Certification).

If you might be interested in becoming a Writing and Learning Peer Educator, more information is available here.

Summer 2020:

April R. (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a Psychology major with a minor in Learning and Developmental Disabilities. She has completed various writing-intensive courses such as PSYC 201W, PSYC 300W, ENGL 115W, and ENGL 199W. April has also volunteered for the EAL peer educator program at SFU. She is passionate about education, communication, and equity and strives to provide a friendly and open-minded atmosphere for her consultations.

Emily L. (she/her/hers) is a SFU student who lives, studies and works on unceded Coast Salish territories. She is currently intending to pursue a BSc in Health Sciences in the Population-Quantitative Stream and a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship through the Beedie School of Business. She speaks fluent French and Cantonese and can understand and speak some Spanish and German. Emily is a feminist, strong advocate for social equity and a lifelong learner who is dedicated to helping her peers improve their writing and learning skills.

NOTE: Emily cannot take consultations for BUS 238 and BUS 361 as she is currently a teaching assistant or taking those courses.

Grace L. is a criminology-sociology joint major student who has taken classes in a variety of disciplines, from archaeology to world literature to psychology. While she may not have the answer to everything, she strives to find solutions and to continue learning. With this outlook, she hopes to help students do the best work they can, no matter their starting point. Grace speaks Mandarin and can use that language in her consultations.

NOTE: Grace cannot take consultations for CMNS 460, CRIM 402, SA 326, SA 335, and SA 356W as she is currently taking these classes. 

Hanan M. is a newly admitted graduate student in SFU’s International Studies program. She has recently completed her BA degree in Political Science Honours and History. In addition to both disciplines, she has also taken various courses in Sociology & Anthropology (SA), Philosophy, Criminology, Business, and Health Sciences. Hanan wishes to make a positive contribution by helping others enrich their learning and writing strategies during all of her consultations.

Harvin B. is a Communications (major) and Geography (extended minor) student. He has an extensive variety of courses under his experience, including English, Political Science, and Philosophy, as well as History and Film. His education concerns how the world functions as he is an advocate for social justice and keeping an open mind to the world around us. He has studied at the University of the Fraser Valley, the University of Essex in England, and Simon Fraser University. Harvin speaks fluent and academic English, fluent Punjabi, and passable Hindi. 

NOTE: Harvin cannot take consultations for CMNS 349, GEOG 221, and GEOG 255 as he is currently taking these classes. 

Emily L
Helen L. is a Philosophy and Political Science double major and a French extended minor student, studying on unceded Coast Salish territories. She is fluent in French and Mandarin Chinese. She also writes poetry, some of which can be found published by the Poetry Institute of Canada.

NOTE: Helen cannot take consultations for PHIL 343 and PHIL 467 as she is currently taking those courses.

Helen L. est en train de poursuivre un double majeur en philosophie et en science politique, avec une mineure prolongée en français. Ses études se déroulent sur les terres traditionnelles des peuples Salish du littoral. Elle parle couramment le français et le chinois mandarin et d’ailleurs, elle écrit des poèmes, quelques-uns publiés par l’Institut Canadien de la Poésie.

VEUILLEZ NOTER: Helen ne peut pas prendre des consultations pour PHIL 343 et PHIL 467 comme elle est actuellement inscrite dans ces cours.

Molly M. is a third year student at SFU pursuing a double major in World Literaure and Resource and Environmental Management. She loves writing of all kinds, and is particularly interested in close readings of books, and persuasive writing! She is excited to return as a Writing and Learning peer this summer, and hopes to provide some academic comfort as we navigate this new online semester! 

NOTE: Molly cannot take consultations for REM 381 and WL 320 as she is currently taking those courses.