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

Supplemental Instruction


I am a sophomore Biology major. I am a SI leader for MAT 121. I enjoy shopping and mentoring youth. I am a member of Sassy Intellectual Sisters, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Special Olympics Illinois. I am also a member of Habitat for Humanity.

Quote: “Who here has been personally victimized by Regina George?” – Mean Girls


I am a Senior CAP student majoring in Chemistry. I am looking to pursue a career in the medical field, no specialization yet. I enjoy sports, hanging out with my friends, and of course… chemistry. I am looking forward to a great semester as well as helping many students succeed in their courses. Family and having fun are very important to me so I guarantee this semester will be a fun one! I am from a small town south of Springfield and have two brothers, one older and one younger. My goal for this semester is to help the students achieve their goals as well as helping them get the grades they want. I am very persistent about everything, no matter how long it takes!

Quote: “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn



My name is Ellen Braley. I am a junior at UIS. I am majoring in Biology with a Chemistry minor and Pre-Med specialty. I love spending time with my family and everything outdoors. I will do my very best to assist every student as much as I can.

Quote: “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” – Albert Einstein


I am a junior Chemistry major hoping to specialize in the medical field. I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends. I am also a member of the UIS tennis team and I enjoy playing soccer. I love solving problems and being able to help others with chemistry.  Some of my weaknesses include chocolate chip cookies, Harry Potter, and Barnes & Noble.

Quote: “Happiness can be found even in the darkes of times, if one remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series)



I am a senior triple majoring in Political Science, Legal Studies, and Communications. I am also a Capitol Scholars honors student and an English tutor for CAP. I will be starting law school next fall with a concentration in constitutional law. I spend my free time traveling, hanging with friends and family, and dabbling in photography.


Quote: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn


My name is Robert Spath. I am a Junior majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics. I am a tutor for MAT 121 Applied Statistics.  Currently, I am a member of the UIS baseball team. During my free time, I enjoy swimming, traveling with my family, and hanging out with friends.

Quote: “The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs

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My name is Siwen Tang, a senior at UIS and majoring in Accounting. I’ll be graduate in summer 2014, and pursuing my master in Accountancy. I wish to become an artist manager in the future. I enjoy music, photography and traveling. I will be very happy to assist others with Accounting and Business.

Quote:”Everything that worth doing is worth doing well.”

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Hello! My name is Hayley Beran. I am a senior, majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Public Health. I am applying to get a Master’s in Statistics in the fall of 2014. I am a huge fan of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Friends, and The West Wing.



After changing my major multiple times, I have decided to pursue a Math major with a minor in Accounting. This is my second year with the CTL as a
math peer tutor. It is my second year at UIS. I enjoy seeing family, friends, and eating (especially D’Arcy’s Pint).

Quote: “Not to know is bad, not to wish to know is worse.” – Nigerian Proverb

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I am a senior chemistry major, biology minor.  Upon completing my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend medical school.  I enjoy watching sports, playing sports (Go UIS men’s tennis!), reading, and learning new things.  This is my second semester as a science tutor for the CTL and I look forward to assisting students by answering any science-related questions they may have.

Quote: “The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what’s best for you. Let me tell you, life is not fun when you’re banging your head against a brick wall all the time.” –John McEnroe

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I am a second year graduate student studying Human Development Counseling.  This is also my second year as a Writing TA in the Center for Teaching and Learning.  I am excited about the 2013-2014 academic year and am looking forward to meeting new students and assisting them in meeting their writing goals.  Outside of UIS and the CTL, I enjoy reading, taking pictures, and spending time with family and friends.

Quote: “Expectation is the root of all heartache.”  – William Skakespeare
Quote: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller


I am a second year graduate student in the Communications department. After a stint in newspaper journalism, I hope to pursue a career in Public Relations/Marketing for charities and not-for-profit organizations. In my spare time, I enjoy bicycling, golfing, reading, singing, and traveling.

Quote: “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost


I am a senior majoring in English and minoring in Psychology and Secondary Education. This is my second semester working at the CTL as a Writing Peer Tutor. I enjoy any type of music, hanging out iwth friends, and any book I can get my hands on.


Quote: “I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.”


I am a second year Public Administration and Practical Politics graduate student here at UIS. I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Political Science in 2012. Over the years I have worked in local government offices, volunteered on campaigns, and lobbied in the state legislature last year. In addition to serving as a writing tutor I will be doing a research internship with the Social Security Administration, this semester. Most of my free time is spent attending concerts, visiting friends at other universities, and getting myself involved in awesome adventures!


Hi everyone, I am a second year graduate student in the Public Administration program here at UIS. I enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling.

Quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Thoreau


I am a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I am involved in women’s organizations on campus, such as Women’s Issues Caucus and the American Association of University Women. I enjoy reading and hanging out with friends. I look forward to helping many students at the CTL!

Quote: “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion.” – Simone de Beauvoir


Hey everyone! My name is Michael Lotspeich. I am a pre-law sophomore in the Capital Scholars program pursuing a dual-bachelors in Social Work and Political Sciences. I am also a student-athlete on the UIS Cheerleading Squad and love the thrill of an awesome crowd at a soccer game! I love language, especially writing, because it gives me the ability to express critical theory and logic in hopes of advancing social justice.

Quote: “We do this [writing] because the world we live in is a house on fire and the people we love are burning” – Sandra Cisneros


Hello! My name is Molly-Jean Weber. I am a third semester graduate student in the Human Development Counseling program. Psychology is my passion. I love meeting new people! IN my free time, I can be found camping, attending concerts, swimming, working out, or sitting around a bonfire.

Quote: “Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster. It’s a cha-cha.”


Hello everyone, I am a TEP student hoping to one day teach high school English. Here at UIS, I am regularly involved in non-sanctioned pickle ball and badminton matches. My hobbies include watching YouTube clips of my idol, comedian Greg Giraldo, pulling weeds from my mother’s flower garden, listening to friends make fun of my van, pretending to be included in the social circles of birds frequenting my feeder, and nightly backgammon matches against my father.

Quote: “The word puberty is derived from the Latin word pubescere, which means to ‘to grow hairy.’” – My Adolescent Development textbook

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Academic/Study Skills


My name is Brady Sullivan and this is my third year as the Academic Skills TA. I am looking forward to helping students on an individual basis as well as giving campus-wide presentations on study skills, note-taking, learning styles, and test anxiety. I am a Master’s student in Human Development Counseling and I will be starting my practicum this semester. I am looking forward to working in foster care as well as assisting an Alzheimer’s art therapy group.

Quote: “If you have to make a law that hurts a number of people, just to prove your morals or faith, then you have no true morals or faith to prove.” – Author Unknown

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