Well, we’re at the end of yet another semester. How have your finals been so far? How many do you have left?
Here in The Learning Hub we’re helping students with their final exams and projects, trying to make sure they’re getting everything that they need done so they can go home for the summer to refresh and relax before we start all over again in the fall.
But we’re also sad. We are sad because we’ve got a pretty big staff turnover this year – one of the largest in recent memory.
So today, for our last Web Series Wednesday of Spring 2018, we’d like to say thank you to our graduating tutors, and best of luck to them as they move on to bigger and better things and take their next steps in life.
Since earning an MA in Communication from UIS in 2014, I have worked as a professional writing tutor and instructor of developmental writing at various community colleges. I decided to return to UIS to earn a second MA in English in the digital pedagogy track and work as a Writing TA so that I may build upon this experience and continue helping students achieve their goals in the classroom and beyond. I have found that students apply abstract concepts more concretely and express themselves more fully when they feel that the university is a collaborative environment where they can safely practice new skills and where their insights and experiences are integral to a vibrant learning environment. I thoroughly enjoy opportunities to assist students at all levels and to hear them say, “Now I get it!”
Greetings! My name is Brock and I am a senior political science major as well as a Writing Peer Tutor at The Learning Hub. I enjoy seeing the power of writing and rhetoric in all of their various forms and hope to help students realize the power of their own writing. In my free time, I enjoy catching up on my favorite podcasts, cooking, and spending time with friends.
Quote: “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.” – Tyrion Lannister
Raven (& Dana)
My name is Raven, and I am a junior studying English at UIS. Since I was in the eighth grade, I’ve been fascinated with the written language. It is amazing that the words we write on a page have the potential to transform the way that others view and experience the world. My goal as a peer writing tutor is to help others develop the necessary skills needed to allow their writing to be revolutionary. I am of the opinion that anything I read or write should challenge my thinking and the assumptions I make about the world around me.
In addition to writing, I also enjoying reading, music, and theatre. I am also heavily involved in various student organizations on campus. This is my first year working for The Learning Hub, and I am truly excited about the opportunities, challenges, and rewards I will encounter on this journey.
Quote: “Men give me credit for some Genius. All the genius I have lies in this; I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.” –Alexander Hamilton
Hello, my name is Nick. I am a senior, an English major, and I am also a Writing Peer Tutor here at UIS. Writing, to me, is a self-expressive process; it is an artistic form that allows an individual to express elements of their personality, style, thought process, and beliefs into a written piece of work. My hope is to help other individuals see their own potential as writers, and it is my goal to foster a positive, supportive, and collaborative environment so that individuals feel both confident in sharing their work and feel a sense of accomplishment with what they have written. Aside from writing, I enjoy music (both listening to it and playing it), I love horror movies, riding my bike, and reading (especially Bret Easton Ellis’s work). I look forward to working with students from all walks of life.
Quote: “Have you paid your dues, Jack? Yes, sir, the check is in the mail.” – Jack Burton
Hello! My name is Kaylan Mills and I am a Writing Peer Tutor at the Learning Hub. I am a senior Business major with a Finance concentration and minors in Management Information Systems and International Studies. I am a retired athlete as I used to be a part of the women’s soccer team here at UIS. I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, staying active, and watching sports and movies. I look forward to helping students and challenging them to reach their writing potential!
Howdy! I’m James, and I’m a Writing Peer Tutor here at UIS. I’m a transfer student from McHenry County, IL. I have an associate’s degree in Applied Science Criminal Justice and am currently pursuing a bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice. I have enjoyed writing since an early age. To me, writing is a way to present the best of yourself. When speaking one can stumble or misspeak very easily even if they are trying to be careful. When you write, you can edit out these errors. It is for this reason that I enjoy helping students in their writing. I love to see students present the best of themselves in their papers. In addition to writing I enjoy working out at the gym and playing Magic: The Gathering.
Quote “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost
We’d also like to say a fond farewell to our other tutors this year who gradated last fall or or are graduating this spring: