Center for Academic Success
Do you need to improve your writing skills or study habits? Do you need help preparing for an exam or presentation? Maybe you just have a question and don’t know who to ask? Our friendly online tutors and counselors are here to support you! Schedule a free Zoom session with one of our Academic Skills or Subject Area Tutors (see options below) and gain the confidence and skills to succeed in your undergraduate and graduate classes. Email CAS@shorelight.com for more information.
Academic Skills Tutors
My name is Jessica Wakelyn. I started my voyage into languages by studying many major European languages during my time studying and performing as an opera singer. Upon graduation with a double major in Vocal Performance and English, I decided to earn a master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Virginia. In my master’s, I studied languages from all continents and ancient languages like Old English and Old Mayan. I started in the university by teaching English Composition to U.S. university students, but found I really loved teaching international students. I’ve taught governors from Turkey, physicists from Iran, epidemiologists from China, a lot of undergraduate and graduate students—and now, hopefully, you!
I am Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi. I hold a Ph.D. from Iowa State University and a Master’s in TESOL from the University of Northern Iowa. I’m passionate about the blend of Applied Linguistics and Technology. Originally from Tehran, Iran, I studied English Language and Literature, which broadened my global perspective on language and culture. I taught EFL courses in Iran. During my grad studies in United States, I taught ESL courses at Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, focusing on language skills. I also taught an introduction to linguistics course at Indiana State University, helping students understand linguistics and language better. For four rewarding years, I contributed to the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) programs, shaping language skills and professional journeys.
I am Bianca Coria. I have eight years of experience teaching English at various levels in Asia and the United States. I currently work as an English instructor and course developer, and I hold certifications in TESOL, TEFL, and TEYL. I have experience working with students of all ages, from toddlers to adults from various backgrounds. In addition to enjoying my career, I also enjoy meeting new people, visiting new places, tasting new foods, and spending time with my family. I love working with students, and I strive to create a positive and enjoyable environment. I look forward to working with you.
I am Summer Peixoto. With over two decades of teaching and training experience at the university level, I am a passionate educator deeply committed to international education. Throughout my career, I have contributed greatly by creating educational technology interest sections, supporting colleagues in professional development, and advocating for international students and teachers, which is evidenced by my current role as a Specialist and an Ambassador for the US Department of State’s English Language Programs. In my free time, I play tennis, listen to music from different countries, travel, and podcast. I adore working with students in learning academic skills for reading, vocabulary, and note-taking, and my ultimate goal is to set students up for a lifetime of success!
I am Dijana Trajchevska. I have a Master’s degree from the University of Utah. I am originally from North Macedonia where I received my BA in English Language and Literature. Five years ago, I moved to Utah to further develop my education. I have experience teaching in higher education. My experience mostly focuses on ESL classes, such as speaking, listening, reading, and academic writing. I also have experience teaching communication skills to non-native speakers of English. I am passionate about applied linguistics and subjects on cross-cultural communication. I hope to work with you in the future!
Math/Computer Science Tutors
I am Dipen Bhuva. I have a PhD in Computer Science from Cleveland State University and have a master’s degree from Northeastern University in Information Security. I am a certified Network+ by CompTIA, Certified Ethical Hacker, RH-11 Expert Hacker, RedHat Server Certified Engineering and am Amazon Web Service (Cloud) certified. For my “extraordinary dedication and teaching,” I was granted an “excellent achievement for Graduate Assistantship” from CSU. I will be happy to help with any problems and solutions related to math (all levels and courses) and computer science (Programming, Networking, Server engineering, Cloud, Statistics, and Cyber Security).
I am Mostafa Omar. I have master’s in Computer Science and master’s in Business Administration in addition to over 13 years’ work experience in the telecom sector. I have worked in different domains, including data network, telecommunication, and cloud service. I’m also certified by various technology vendors. I have had many teaching assistance positions during my studies as I enjoy teaching and communicating with students about math and computer science and all related domains.
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- Academic writing – generating ideas, organizing, summarizing, paraphrasing, revising/editing
- Research skills: Finding credible sources and academic articles
- Understanding academic integrity; avoiding plagiarism
- MLA & APA citations and format
- Academic presentation preparation and practice
- Time management – weekly planning, semester-long planning
- Reading strategies
- Note-taking skills
- Test preparation strategies
- Class and groupwork participation strategies
- Discussion skills
- Grammar rules and practice
- Academic communication etiquette – emails, office hours, requesting letters of recommendation
- Business writing – emails, reports, meeting summaries
- Career development – resume and cover letter writing
- Building math confidence for students who struggle with math
- General and Foundational Math help at any level
- Calculus including Calc 1 and Calc 2
- Algebra and Linear Algebra
- Discrete Math
- Category Theory
- Differential Equations
- Programming, Networking, and Server Engineering
- Cloud, Statistics, and Cyber Security
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