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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
April 20, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Student Tutors 2013/2014



Tutors at the Writing Centre are hand-picked from among the best undergraduate students at Laurier. They most often are referred to us by faculty members. They all have a high GPA (above 10), excel as writers, and are keenly interested in helping fellow students become strong writers. In addition, we also employ outstanding graduate student tutors.

All our tutors receive initial and ongoing training and are paid for their work. 

If you are interested in working as a writing tutor, please contact Boba Samuels, Manager of the Writing Centre.  We hire tutors in the spring to work in the following academic year.

Short biographies of our current undergraduate tutors are available below.


Seth Adema

My name is Seth, and I am in the third year of a PhD in History at Wilfrid Laurier University, which I began immediately after finishing my MA, also in history, at McMaster University. For my dissertation, I am studying Aboriginal cultural and political movements in Canadian prisons between 1958 and 1996. When I am not working on dissertation related projects, I play ball hockey, go mountain biking, or spend time with my wife and one year old daughter, Morgan.

This is my second year as a tutor at the Writing Centre. Working with students to help them communicate their ideas effectively has been one of the most rewarding parts of my time so far as a graduate student. I look forward to seeing you here soon.

Read more about my interests here.


Steven Arnott

Hello, my name is Steven.

I am a second year English student here at WLU. I plan on continuing on to a career in academia and exploring creative writing projects. I enjoy reading modern literature, listening to hip hop music, watching Japanese animation and playing some video games competitively. I hope to be able to help you with your writing needs!

Joseph Brannan

Hey there,

I'm in my third year, studying English. This is my first year working at the Writing Centre. In and around schoolwork, I enjoy reading, writing sonnets, kennings, and sailing!


Maggie Clark


Courtney Davis

Hello! I am currently in my fourth year of honours history at Laurier. I am interested in woman’s history and am particularly attracted to the history of rural women in Canada. In my spare time I enjoy reading and bad television. This is my first year as a tutor and I am looking forward to meeting with fellow students.


Chris Eaton

Hi. My name is Chris and I am a fourth year English major with a minor in French. Two of my passions are teaching and examining the nuances of writing. I look forward to combining these passions at the Writing Centre and helping people to become better writers in the process. I look forward to working with you this year.


Matthew Grant

Hey folks,

I’m a second year English and Film student who dreams of one day finding a career in creative writing. Some of my favourite writers include J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, John K. Samson and George R.R. Martin. While I enjoy watching both classic and contemporary films, my real passion lies in television; I love shows like Community, Archer, Firefly, M.A.S.H., The Wire, Friday Night Lights, The Muppet Show, Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation, Futurama and Mad Men. You can find me in the Writing Centre ready to talk about Hemingway, Hitchcock, or homonyms: hopefully not all at once.

Best of luck in your studies this year!

Janet Kwon

Hello Internet Lurkers!

My name is Janet Kwon and I’m a Philosophy and Religion & Culture double major. I'm thinking about a future in law or philosophy, but as any existentialist will tell you, the only thing certain about the future is its complete uncertainty. Who’s to say where you will go next? (Maybe the Writing Centre?)


Haydn Lawrence
student tutor

I am a second year Master of Science student in Geomatics. My study interests are quite diverse, as demonstrated by my previously completing a Bachelor of Computer Science and later attaining a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. After my undergraduate studies, I taught ESL/EAP at various universities and schools in Asia for the better part of a decade.

My current research interests lie in efficiently harnessing the unprecedented troves of data currently being produced and captured while allowing for its dissemination to remain within the public sphere (e.g., keeping the data we produce in our hands and not solely in private interests). Outside of my research or studying languages (currently Chinese), I tend to participate in a smorgasbord of activities including scuba diving, bungee jumping, skydiving, snowboarding, computer programming, or just taking an entire day off and reading a book (mostly nerdy Sci-Fi).

I look forward to helping in the areas where you feel less confident while selfishly learning a bit about what it is you are writing about.


Emily Jones

Hello!

My name is Emily Jones and I am in my first year of my PhD in English at Wilfrid Laurier. I completed my MA last year at the University of Western Ontario and I used to work at the Writing Centre during my undergrad at Laurier, so I am very excited to be back! I have worked as a teaching assistant for "Dramatic Forms and Genres" and "Reading Fiction." In my spare time, I enjoy creative writing, reading, singing, painting, photography, attending music festivals, and watching awesome movies and television shows.

I look forward to helping you out with your writing projects!

Lindsay Meaning

Hello! My name is Lindsay Meaning, and I'm a second year student studying English and Women and Gender Studies, with a minor in sociology. After I complete my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue a Masters of Social Work. I love playing board games, reading, and travel - or at least daydreaming about traveling! I look forward to the upcoming school year, and on working with you to develop your skills as a writer.


Alexis Motuz

My name is Alexis. I am a second-year PhD student in the Department of English & Film Studies. Although my specialization area is Canadian Literature, my research interests also include ecocriticism, theories of embodiment, cognitive psychology, affect, representations of science & technology in poetry, and the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. I completed my MA at Wilfrid Laurier (2009) and my undergrad in the Arts & Science program at McMaster (2008). I have worked as a teaching assistant for “Writing and Informal Logic” at McMaster, as well as for the first year “Reading Poetry” and “Reading Fiction” here at Laurier.

I am excited to have the opportunity to work closely with students on their writing this year.