Writing Tutoring

Meet the ARC Graduate Writing Consultants

Our current and past Graduate Writing Consultants win awards for their contributions to learning at Tufts!

Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education (awarded by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)

  • Sara Hasselbach (2014)
  • Nealia House (2013)
  • Megan Stahl (2013)
  • Adam Spellmire (2012)

Outstanding Graduate Student Contribution to Undergraduate Studies (awarded by the Graduate Student Council)

  • Diego Millan (2014)
  • Casey Diederich (2013)

The Robert P. Guertin Graduate Student Leadership Award

  • Nicole Flynn (2011) -- This award was given for Nicole's creation of the Graduate Writing Retreat and other ARC graduate writing offerings!

 

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Jen Agans is a Ph.D. student in Child Development. She has a B.A. in Psychology, with minors in History and Education from Macalester College, and an M.A. in Child Development from Tufts. Jen's research focuses on the role of participation in sports and other organized movement activities in positive youth development, and she also works with youth as a circus coach. As a tutor, she is looking forward to helping fellow students express their ideas in a wide variety of writing projects.

Molly Barker is pursuing her master of science in Occupational Therapy. She received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from McDaniel College, where she worked as a psychology department writing fellow. While she has the most experience in assisting students with social science papers and projects, she enjoys all aspects of the writing process and is eager to help students with a variety of assignments. 

 

Anna Christine is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Tufts. Although her academic interests lie mainly in British modernism and film, she has experience teaching English in France, conducting comics writing workshops, and tutoring SAT prep. She’s eager to work with students at any stage of the writing process!

Casey Diederich is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Biology Department. He received his B.S. in Biology and Philosophy at Boston College and his M.S. in Biology from SUNY at Buffalo. He has been a T.A. for classes ranging from Biochemistry to Ecology and mentored students seeking help with lab reports, personal statements, research manuscripts, and other scientific writing. He enjoys helping students make clear, concise arguments while keeping their writing interesting and looks forward to working with students from any academic discipline.

Vivek Freitas is a PhD candidate in the English Department. He received his B.A. from Colby College and his M.A. from Tufts. Vivek has taught First Year Writing at Tufts for three years, and in the past has taught high-school in India. His academic interests include Modern and Contemporary World Literature, Critical Race Studies, Cosmopolitanism, and the Environment. Vivek is looking forward to working with students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and who are at any stage of their writing process.

Bryn Gravitt is a PhD Candidate in the English Department. She teaches in the First Year Writing Program here at Tufts and has also been a TA for literature courses. Her research interests include Nineteenth Century British Literature, Gender Studies, and Digital Humanities. She also holds a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Bryn is looking forward to working with students from a variety of disciplines in all aspects of the writing process, from brainstorming down to last minute edits. 

 
 
Sara Hasselbach is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department, where she studies devotional poetry of the English Renaissance. She has been a TA for literature courses and currently teaches English I and II in the First-Year Writing Program. From outlining and drafting to final editing, she enjoys working with students on all stages of the writing process.

Derrick Huang is a second-year master’s student in occupational therapy. He received his B.A. in psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he also was an undergraduate writing consultant. Prior to graduate school, he worked in the editorial office at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Derrick enjoys working with students on a variety of projects, from brainstorming personal statement topics to making final revisions on research papers.

 

Julia Kahn is a first year M.A. student in Art History and Museum Studies. After graduating from Yale University with a B.A. in Art History, she taught in public schools in New Orleans for several years. As an English teacher of grades 6-11 she has lots of experience working on the fundamentals of structure, grammar and formulating arguments. She has also done extensive editing and advising with college, graduate and post-graduate writers, including piece of non-fiction, fiction and applications. She enjoys working on all stages of the writing process.

 
 

Nishanth Krishnamurthy is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering. He has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Imaging and Instrumentation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He is originally from Acton, MA a small suburb off Rte. 2. Nishanth’s research focuses on developing new imaging technologies to study breast cancer. As a tutor, he enjoys reading personal statements and helping students find creative ways to express who they are on paper. Nishanth also enjoys a great deal of video games, as well as biking, ultimate Frisbee, and football.

Satia Marotta is a third year PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Psychology Department with a focus on social psychology and the law.  She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Psychological Sciences and a B.S. in Society, Technology, and Policy. Satia is looking forward to helping fellow students with all aspects of the writing process, but is especially interested in crafting persuasive arguments.

 

Elana McDermott is a Ph.D. student in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She has a B.A. in Fine Art from Pitzer College and a M.A.T. in Art Education from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Elana's research focuses on how goal-directed processes influence positive development in school contexts. As a tutor, Elana is looking forward to working with students from all backgrounds and in all stages of writing.

 
 

Matthew McMahan is a Phd student in the Department of Drama and Dance, and has an MFA in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University. He has taught courses in rhetoric, screenwriting, and theatre. He has also worked as a dramaturg, helping playwrights and directors, in Indianapolis, Boston and New York. He is interested in collaborating with students at every stage of the writing process structure their arguments, find their "voice," and utilize tools of persuasion. 

 
Amy Meyer is a Ph.D. student in Drama.  She received her B.A. in theatre and English from Connecticut College and her M.A. in Drama at Tufts.  Amy was a writing tutor for three years at CC, where she worked with peers in all disciplines on writing for classes, applications, and theses.  She likes to think of writing as a tool for critical thinking, and loves collaborating with students at every stage of the writing process.  She is also an actor and acting teacher, and enjoys working on public speaking projects.

Luke Mueller is a Ph.D. student in English Literature and a TA in the English department at Tufts. His research interests include 20th century literature, modernism, and deception. He has a B.A. in English from UMass Amherst, and an M.S. in library science from Drexel University. He worked as an economics librarian and cataloger before returning to graduate school. He enjoys tutoring students at all stages of the writing process, from beginning research to editing and last-minute adjustments.

 

James Mulder is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department, where he specializes in Renaissance drama and psychoanalysis. His other academic interests include activism within the academy, transatlantic studies, gender studies, and intersectionality. He holds a Masters in English from Tufts and a BA in Literature from American University. He has experience tutoring writing, math, and French at the college level, and he has been an instructor in the First Year Writing Program at Tufts since 2011. He looks forward to working with students at all stages of the writing process. 

Barbara Orton is a PhD candidate in English at Tufts, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature, and a writing program assistant and academic integrity specialist at the ARC. She earned her BA in English and her MFA in creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis. Before returning to school, she worked for several years as a freelance editor. In addition to addressing other concerns, she is always glad to help students with questions about using and citing sources in academic writing.

Alysha M. Page is pursuing a second Master's degree in Art History and Museum Studies. She received her B.A. degree from Ball State University, majoring in History with minors in Ancient Studies and Classical Cultures. She also received an M.A. degree from Ball State University in History. She has worked for over five years helping students refine their studying skills and writing skills in both the Ball State History department and the Learning Center. A great deal of her experience was with international students and seniors that were studying for the written and verbal sections of the GRE. She mentored many students who needed help forming a strong thesis and making clear concise arguments that fit the course requirements whilst still allowing the student to retain the original voice of the paper. She looks forward to working with students from various backgrounds and disciplines to help them develop their writing skills.

Jessica Pfeffer is a PhD student at Tufts in the English Department. Her research interests are Renaissance literature and queer theory. Before coming to Tufts, she received her MA in English and American Literature at NYU and studied chemistry and English at the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate. Because of her background in science, math, and English, Jess is looking forward to working with students whose assignments range from literary analysis to lab reports. 

 

Alex Ruggeri is a second-year PhD. student in the English Literature Department at Tufts University. He studied Creative Writing and English Literature at Roger Williams, where he also tutored peers at the writing center. He later completed a master’s degree at New York University and went on to teach composition at Massachusetts community colleges. His literary interests vary widely, but he primarily focuses on Modernism, critical theory, ethics, and intellectual history. Alex also enjoys philosophy, classics, as well as Modern Greek and Russian Literatures. He has had a wide range of tutees and students and is looking forward to helping Tufts University students with their respective projects.

 

 

 

Emma Schneider is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts. She received her BA in English and French from Oberlin College where she worked in the student writing center. Between undergrad and grad school, Emma taught 10th graders at a charter school in Roxbury. Emma's academic interests include environmental, 19th century, and children's literature. She enjoys interacting with people in all stages of the writing process.

Matthew Scully is a PhD student in English at Tufts University with a BA from McGill University and MA from Boston College. His research focuses on critical theory, especially on theories of negativity and disorder. He also focuses on twentieth-century American literature, with a particular concern for questions relating to temporality, irony, and aesthetics. Matthew is looking forward to working with students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and he is eager to meet with students at any stage of their writing process.

 

Katie Swimm  is a PhD Student in the Drama Department at Tufts.  She received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University, and a MA in Literature from Northwestern University. Her research interests include Victorian women and the performance of insanity, religion as performance, and musical theatre. Prior to her matriculation at Tufts, Katie was an actor and theatre manager in Chicago. She is interested in working with writers at all levels on academic papers, personal statements and cover letters, as well as working on public speaking projects.

 

Rebecca Tapscott is a PhD student in international development at Tufts’ Fletcher School. She received her BSFS from Georgetown University. Academically, Rebecca has background in international politics, human rights, and gender issues, with a regional focus on West Africa.  She is excited to work with writers at all stages of the writing process. She is particularly interested in argument construction and paper organization.

Lara Vujovic is a graduate student in Psychology, doing research on emotion regulation. She’s originally from Montenegro, but has lived in Slovenia and Germany before coming to Tufts. She has experience mentoring students from various countries and linguistic backgrounds. Lara is looking forward to giving advice on how to express ideas clearly, effectively, and concisely!

 

 

 

 

 

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