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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.

Spring 2020:  Burnaby Campus


Alexandria B.
is a History student is the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She has also taken courses in English, Humanities, Statistics, Education and Archaeology, and even traveled abroad to take courses in European History in England. She is very passionate about finding different ways to enjoy learning and wants to become a teacher.

NOTE: Alexandria cannot take consultations for HIST 347, 402, 438W, or 472W as she is currently taking those courses.


Aliya K.
(she/her/hers) is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Political Science. She speaks fluent Hindi, Urdu, and has basic knowledge of Punjabi. Aliya’s interests include women’s rights, particularly gender-based violence and plans to be a human rights advocate. She has worked as an Academic Advisor, Career Peer Educator and a Career Peer Coach at SFU and plans to use her educational and work background to teach peers on how to develop effective writing and learning strategies to succeed within academia.

NOTE: Aliya cannot take consultations for POL 312, 317, 415 or 448 as she is currently taking these courses.


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

NOTE: April cannot take consultations for PSYC 367, 376, 379 or 391 (D500) as she is currently taking those courses.


Bianca V. is a Philosophy major, Education minor. She has also taken courses in Psychology, Linguistics, and Cognitive Science. Her philosophy paper was published in the Sophia: University of Victoria Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy and she was invited to speak at the Western Canadian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. She has a love of learning and enjoys helping students achieve their goals by tailoring her approach to meet the needs of each student. She has been a Writing and Learning Peer since September 2018. Her native language is English. She is also proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and working towards fluency. 

NOTE: Bianca cannot take consultations for PHIL 315 and PHIL 321 as she is currently taking those courses.


Cassia M. is a Psychology major with a minor in Counselling and Human Development. She has completed a certificate in Criminology (General). She has also taken various courses within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Cassia is passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and hopes to pursue graduate studies in Psychology. She has always been drawn to teaching and spreading knowledge, and hopes to help students reach their academic goals in her consultations.

NOTE: Cassia cannot take consultations for EDUC 323, PSYC 362, and PSYC 391 (with Dr. Sarah Coupland) as she is currently taking those courses.

Emily L
Deeya B. (pronouns: she/ her/ hers), is a joint Health Sciences and Philosophy major. Her interests in these fields span from understanding the social determinants of health to identifying plausible solutions to moral dilemmas of autonomy and justice. Deeya has a keen interest in learning for personal growth, and has supplemented her academic journey by taking Communications, Linguistics, and Earth Sciences classes. At the Student Learning Commons (SLC), Deeya has been a Learning and Writing Peer since September 2017. She enjoys the open-minded, student focused, and welcoming atmosphere of the SLC and works to establish and maintain genuine and resourceful connections through all her consultations. 

NOTE: Deeya cannot take consultations for COGS 100, HSCI 330, or STAT 305 as she is currently taking those classes.

Emily L
Emily L. (she/her/hers) is a SFU student, currently on a Co-Operative Education work term, 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.

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 150, PHIL 315, PHIL 329, FREN 425 and POL 459 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 150, PHIL 315, PHIL 329, FREN 425 and POL 459 comme elle est actuellement inscrite dans ces cours.


Jack U. is an Earth Science student with a love for random facts and teaching others. He has a strong interest in anything to do with the planet and loves history. He has taken courses in REM, history and various sciences.

NOTE: Jack cannot take consultations for EASC 201, 205, 208 or 405 as he is currently taking those courses.


Kaitlyn R.
 is currently pursuing a BA in Criminology as well as a minor in Communications. She has taken classes in many other disciplines including philosophy, humanities, psychology, and sociology.

NOTE: Kaitlyn cannot take consultations for CRIM 317, CRIM 321, CRIM 332 and CMNS 455W as she is currently taking those classes. 


Leaf M.
is a graduate student in the Liberal Studies program.  He received his BA in English and History.  His honours thesis was on James Joyce’s Ulysses.  He has written many papers on Shakespeare.  Leaf’s other academic interests include art history, philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology and political science.  He writes poetry, fiction and reviews in his spare time.  He currently works in mental health, on the Downtown Eastside.

NOTE:  Leaf cannot take consultations for LS 810 as he is currently taking that class.


Mackenzie G. is majoring in Psychology with minors in both Counselling and Human Development, and Educational Psychology. He has been published twice and intends to begin a master’s degree in Counselling next fall. Mackenzie also has a good deal of experience in English-based domains, as he teaches various English and Writing classes at a local prep school.

NOTE: Mackenzie cannot take consultations for EDUC 222, EDUC 324, or PSYC 357 as he is currently taking those courses.


Molly M. Is a third year SFU Student completing a double Major in World Literature and Environmental Management Molly has taken numerous writing courses, spanning from World Literature to Anthropology. She is currently the managing editor of SFU's Literary Magazine The Lyre, and has also been an active member of the annual World Literature Student conference. Molly is excited to begin her time as a Writing and Learning Peer Educator, and looks forward to helping in anyway she can!

NOTE: Molly cannot take consultations for WL 300, WL 402, WL 340, and REM 407 as she is currently taking those courses.


Patrick P.
 is an English major with a minor in history. His academic interests lie in 20th century literature and American history. Patrick hopes to improve the writing and argumentative abilities of others. In addition to English and history, Patrick has taken many education courses.

NOTE: Patrick cannot take consultations for ENGL 385, 322, 475, or HIST 330  as he is currently taking those courses.

Emily L
Pavneet G. (she/her/hers) is a SFU student who is pursuing a major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a minor in Biomedical Physiology. During her undergraduate degree, she has also taken courses in Political Science, Psychology, and English. Pavneet started volunteering at the Student Learning Commons in September 2017, and is committed to providing individualized and friendly consultations to students looking for additional writing and learning support. She can also understand and speak some Punjabi and Hindi if needed to facilitate the learning process.

NOTE: Pavneet cannot take consultations for MBB 462, CMPT 165, or ENGL 111w as she is currently taking those courses.


Sejin L.
is a Psychology honours student in her final semester at SFU. She has been a Writing and Learning Peer since September 2017.  She has also taken courses in English, Philosophy, World Literature, Gerontology, Criminology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Computing Science. Sejin has been a client at the Student Learning Commons before, so she understands what it's like to ask for help at the SLC!

Spring 2020: Surrey Campus


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

NOTE: April cannot take consultations for x as she is currently enrolled in those courses.

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 150, PHIL 315, PHIL 329, FREN 425 and POL 459 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 150, PHIL 315, PHIL 329, FREN 425 and POL 459 comme elle est actuellement inscrite dans ces cours.