Our tutors are accomplished graduate and undergraduate Mason students. Our graduate tutors and undergraduate tutors are talented writers and scholars who come from majors across the university. These are the summer 2020 tutors:
Camille is a junior studying Global Affairs with a concentration in Media, Communications, and Culture. Their most interesting achievement during their undergraduate journey was teaching two guest lectures on cultural appropriation. Although they always had a love of literature, boredom drove them to write imaginative poems when they needed a break from academics. They spent most of their life in northern Virginia, save for one wild, enlightening year in Tennessee. Camille has a passion for teaching and social justice and one day hopes to advocate for prisoners’ rights and undocumented workers’ rights. When they aren’t on campus, they spend time cuddling their three dogs, reading horror mangas, and dreaming about starting a sanctuary for farm animals.
Emma is a veteran tutor and an English MA graduate student, concentrating in Linguistics. Having lived in diverse NoVa all her life, she has always been fascinated with foreign languages, especially Japanese. In the past, she volunteered for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, studied abroad in Japan (where she also climbed Mt. Fuji), and worked for the Virginia Governor's Japanese Academy. Emma has taken a wide variety of courses at Mason, from Romantic Poetry to Global Affairs, and has worked with almost every kind of student. She is a conversational tutor, willing to collaborate with you at any stage of the writing process. In her spare time, Emma tutors K-12 English, writes her own fictional stories, crafts languages, and plays D&D.
Kevin’s career up to this point has been… well… diverse. He studied Psychology and International Studies at the University of Michigan, where he wrote papers in a variety of disciplines. Since graduating, he’s worked as an English teacher in Turkey, a technology consultant, and a marketing copywriter, among other things. These days, Kevin is a second-year fiction MFA candidate. When he’s not hitting his head on low-hanging light fixtures (he’s 6’4”), he enjoys learning about other cultures and languages. He’s conversational (but rusty) in Turkish and French, and he hopes to one day learn a passable amount of Spanish.
Kyra is a third-year MFA candidate in fiction. Originally from the DC area, she earned her Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at SMU in Dallas, TX, where she also worked in marketing as a copywriter. As an undergraduate, she was a writing and philosophy tutor, sparking her passion for teaching and tutoring. She previously competed as a Division-I collegiate swimmer, and in her retirement from athletics, she enjoys writing short stories in the company of her houseplants.
Millie is a second-year MFA candidate studying poetry. As an undergraduate, she majored in English and Philosophy at Utah State University, where she also worked for three years as a writing tutor. As a writer herself, she believes that peer feedback is an invaluable part of the writing process. She loves talking about writing almost as much as she loves talking about her cat.
Shane is a poetry MFA candidate here at Mason. After spending most of his life in Minnesota, he moved to Arizona to study English at ASU. He minored in Communication and was awarded a certificate in professional writing for his work in proposals and argumentative essays. Shane wants to help students understand that writing of any kind is a process. Just because you struggle, doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. Between undergrad and starting at Mason, Shane found himself as the go-to for friends writing cover letters and resumes. He’d be more than happy to look at yours and share some tips he’s learned along the way. When he isn’t scribbling down ideas for poems, he can be found at the local record store, playing air-drums and searching for an esoteric addition to his vinyl collection.
Tanya received her Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. During her graduate program, she tutored and taught academic writing to multilingual writers. Before coming to Ohio University, she had worked as a tutor and instructor of English as a Foreign Language in her home country Ukraine for seven years, helping students of different proficiency levels in English. Tanya's research focuses on lexical, grammatical, and stylistic features in second language writing, technology in language teaching, and English for Academic Purposes. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, exercising at a gym, and exploring the D.C. area.