Academic Consulting

The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching also supports students as they learn the many unspoken "rules" of college: how to better advocate for themselves with faculty, how to be proactive in their use of time, how to develop more strategic approaches to reading, how to study effectively for exams, how to set up a planner, and other skills that, while important, don't fit neatly within a single discipline. We can even help you with your email etiquette and just how to word that tricky request to your professor! 

Peer Academic Consultants are specially trained to help students improve their time management skills, organization, study skills, and test-taking strategies. Our Peer Academic Consultants are available to meet with students individually to help problem-solve academic challenges involving more than one issue or class, and to help them connect with the network of free Puget Sound academic support services. Academic consultants are not private coaches: they are not assigned to specific students and cannot meet on an on-going basis as part of an academic improvement plan or maintenance for executive functioning impairments. They can, however, help make some of the expectations of college academics more explicit and teach specific skills that students can later use on their own. 

To make an appointment with a Peer Academic Consultant, call 253.879.3395 or stop by Howarth 105 in person. 

You may also want to consult these online learning resources.

Alissa Charvonia, Writing Advisor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hi! I’m Alissa Charvonia, your friendly neighborhood writing advisor with a major in Psychology and minors in English and Spanish. This year, I remain active in Hillel, the Jewish student organization on campus, while still making time to see my horse, Soxy, and run psychology research in the Fall. If you need resources that I can help you find as a former RA, have questions about spiritual and religious life on campus, want to geek out or discuss why the Dodgers are the best baseball team, come say hi! Warning: Writing conferences will often use Harry Potter as an example.


Sun 2-3pm, T 12-2pm & 7-9pm, W 12-1pm, Th 9-11am


Major: Psychology 

Other emphases: English & Spanish

Matthew Moreno, Math Subject Tutor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hi! My name is Matthew. I hail from Corvallis, Oregon. I am studying mathematics and computer science, planning on graduation in 2017. On campus, I play the oboe in the Wind Ensemble, work in the Center and the Math Department as a tutor, and serve as a delegate for Model UN club.  Off campus, I… wait, what is "off campus?” Anyhow, I really enjoy working with students and am looking forward to a second year here at the Center. 


M 11am-1pm & 2-3pm, T 9-11am, W 12-1pm, Th 9-11am


Majors: Mathematics & Computer Sciene

Other emphases: Music


Jacqueline Wong, Writing Advisor & Peer Academic Consultant

I am a senior psychology and business double major from Chico, CA. I am excited to work in the CWLT as a writing advisor and psychology statistics tutor for a second year! Whenever I am not doing homework in Diversions, I can be found working for Campus Films, volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding center, eating (most likely), or enjoying the outdoors. Come chat!


M 9-11am, 2-3pm, and 7-9pm, W 2-4pm & 7-9pm


Majors: Psychology & Business

Kylie Young, Writing Advisor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hi! My name is Kylie Young, and I’m from Salem, Oregon. I love anything pertaining to apples, yoga, chocolate, and cute animals. I’m a senior studying STS and SOAN, and I’m also a Trimble RCC. My primary academic interests revolve around the social aspects of environmental problems, feminized nature, patriarchal capitalism, and educational inequities. I love learning about everything, so I can’t wait to hear your ideas and read your work!


T 4-6pm, Th 4-6pm


Majors: Science, Technology, & Society and Sociology & Anthropology