Tutoring Staff

Meet our tutors! They can assist students in a variety of disciplines, including:

Supplemental Instruction


Hello! My name is Jacob Hughes. I am a junior Capital Scholars Honor student majoring in Chemistry with a pre-medical concentration. I am the SI Leader for CHE 141, as well as a science tutor. I look forward to providing a comfortable and effective learning environment for my students. After graduation I hope to attend medical school, and practice medicine as an anesthesiologist. In my free time, I enjoy golfing with my dad and going to Illini games. In addition to the SI program, I am involved as a CAP peer-tutor and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.


I’m Jarrett Lindsay, a junior Chemistry major and the Physics SI Leader. Besides chemistry and physics, I enjoy writing, particularly young adult fiction, I play piano, and I’m an amateur powerlifter. I also play dodgeball every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the student life building (SLB), which you should definitely check out – newcomers are always welcome, and it’s a great way to relax (especially after a long week of physics).

My biggest goal this year is to help you survive physics. Here’s hoping for a great year!


Hello! My name is Lexi Hall, and I am the SI Leader for Organic Chemistry. I am a junior at UIS, and I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and pre-medical concentration. After I graduate I hope to go on to graduate or medical school and pursue a career in healthcare. I am on the volleyball team here at UIS. Go Prairie Stars! I am also a CAP Peer Mentor on campus, and I am involved in Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. I love sports, especially playing volleyball and cheering on the Cubs!


My name is Tonda Chasteen and I am the SI Leader for the BIO 141. I am a sophomore at UIS pursuing a Biology degree with a minor in Secondary Teacher Education. After graduation, I plan to use my degree to gain a position as a high school science teacher. I enjoy binge watching Netflix, reading (I spend way too much money at Barnes and Noble), and hanging out with friends and family. On campus, I am a member of the Necessary Steps Living Learning Community and Alpha Lambda Delta. I am looking forward to another great year at UIS and I hope everyone else has an amazing semester!



Hi Everybody!

My name is Cencen Yao and I go by Sarah. I will graduate this May in Accounting Master Degree. I hope my teaching is useful for your studying and deep your understanding for accounting knowledge. My goal working at Learning Hub is to help some students out of confusing academic problem. Also, I want to have some working experience in US because I will come back to China after graduation. My career plan is to be an excellent accountant in practice and eventually become an accounting professor in university. In addition, I like cooking, reading and travelling.

Quote: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud​.”


Hello there. I’m Turner Clark, and I’m the Economics Peer Tutor here at The Learning Hub. I am a sophomore Business major with an Economics minor. After I graduate, I hope to use my degree to benefit society by working for a nonprofit organization. I look forward to benefiting the UIS community and assisting you with all of your economic grievances!




I am a senior working on my Mathematics major, Economics minor, and Marketing minor who loves to help others. Besides tutoring at UIS, I play for the UIS softball team, which is amazing! I enjoy spending time with friends, participating in outdoor activities, and playing with puppies. I have two younger brothers and an adorable puppy named Riley. My goal while working at The Learning Hub is to help as many students as possible because I want everyone to live up to their full potential.

Quote: “Believe in yourself.”


I’m Austin, and I am a junior who is pursuing a Computer Science degree with a minor in Statistics. I am on the Prairie Star baseball team and enjoy the game of baseball. I like outdoorsie stuff like sports and things. I also like indoorsie stuff to. I used to like long walks on the beach, but those got really tiring.

Quote: “I ain’t sleep today, but Imma be okay.” – Mike Stud



Hi, my name is Christopher Cook.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences and I am now working on my master’s degree in European and World History.  I also served in the United States Navy as a Sonar Technician on submarines and hope to eventually work for the NSA as an Intelligence Officer.  While in the Navy, I learned that anyone can achieve their goals if they have enough dedication and determinism.  My hobbies include solving Rubik’s Cubes of many shapes and sizes, MATHEMATICS, software engineering, robotics, philosophy, exercising, and extreme sports.  I also love working with other people, so I enjoy what I do here at The Learning Hub.  Mathematics is a passion of mine, so anyone needing help or just wanting some more practice is invited to stop by and make an appointment with me.   I am inspired by those wanting to further understand mathematics!

Quote: “There was a young man who said though, it seems that I know that I know, but what I would like to see is the I that knows me when I know that I know that I know.”  — Alan Watts



Hi! My name is Kiana Davis and I am a peer science tutor for the Learning Hub/ I am a sophomore at UIS. My major is in biology with a psychology minor and a pre-med concentration. When I am not being bogged down by homework I like to play board games with my friends, watching hours of Netflix or just read. After I graduate, I hope to go to medical school to be a large animal vet.








I am currently pursuing my M.A. in History and have a B.S. in History, Spanish, and Communication and Rhetorical Studies. I am working as a Writing Teaching Assistant with The Learning Hub, and I have always loved writing and the creative process. To me, writing is an extremely complex process in which we look to not only explore new and interesting topics, but we also look to create new ways to understand those topics. The written word, unlike the spoken word, lives on even after the author is gone. My favorite hobby is traveling. I have had the privilege to travel many places in the United States and Europe including three months in Alicante, Spain. I would go to Tokyo, Japan if I could travel anywhere right now.

Quote: “Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.”


Hi, my name is Alex Ayers, one of the Writing Specialists here at The Learning Hub. When I was a kid, I enjoyed writing stories in my free time and expected to continue my life as a creative writer. Instead, I found my passion while working at Knox College’s learning center as a writing tutor. Very quickly, I discovered how much I loved tutoring, talking to students about their writing, and learning about writing center theories. My work in writing centers continued at Western Illinois University where I earned my MA in English and focused my research on online writing centers. Over the years, I’ve been lucky to be a part of four different learning centers in various tutoring and administrative capacities, but I’m most excited about being here at UIS and having the opportunities to work with you and your writing. Aside from tutoring, I love completing Pokedexes, playing with other people’s dogs, practicing tai kwon do, and baking. I hope to see you soon!


Hi, my name is Brock. I am a Political Science major with a minor in History. Writing, to me, is one of the most important breakthroughs in human history, with its ability to preserve and expand upon the ideas of ourselves and others. I hope to help students improve their writing skills, as well as realize the importance of their writing. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, reading about current events, and, of course, Netflixing.

Quote: “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Teddy Roosevelt


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!”


I am an English major with a concentration in Writing, Rhetoric, and Language and am minoring in environmental studies and women & gender studies. I am passionate about both minors and hope to use my English degree to apply my writing and communication skills in those fields. In addition to academic interests, I am a voracious reader, avid hiker, and adventurous crafter. I love working at The Learning Hub and am looking forward to helping you!

Quote: “My life has been the poem I would have writ, But I could not both live and utter it.” -Thoreau


Howdy! I’m James Kanter, 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


I am seriously looking forward in being your writing tutor this semester! Not only will it be an extremely rewarding experience for me, but also, a magnificent opportunity to learn volumes! I also love to hear the stories of people when I meet them. Allow me to tell you mine:

Patrick G. Anderson Avilés was born and raised in Honduras, Central America. After getting a B.A. in Journalism and a M. A. in Geography from Louisiana State University, he returned to Central America, where he taught high school for several years. During his stint as a Social Studies teacher, Patrick was awarded a Scholarship for an M. Ed. which he completed in 2004. Following his childhood dreams, he then pursued aviation and flew as a turbo-prop Captain “island hopping” in the Western Caribbean. Residing now in Chatham IL, Patrick enjoys cooking, reading, and spending quality time with family. Laying down an intricate World Beat groove on his drum set is also one of his favorite pastimes. Patrick is professionally fluent in English, Spanish, and able to converse in très basique French.


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

Academic/Study Skills


Hello, my name is Erin Tomasino and I am a graduate student in the Human Development Counseling program here at UIS. My goal is to someday become a school counselor here in the Springfield area. I received my Undergraduate Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Psychology and Criminology. Some of my hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, and going to concerts. I am very excited to be a part of The Learning Hub team and look forward to the opportunity to work with you to enhance your academic skills.

Quote: “Be the change you wish you to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi