Meet our Academic Consultants

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, fill out this appointment request form, call 253.879.3404  

Noah Bader-Fourney, Chemistry Tutor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hello! I'm Noah, and hey, I know chemistry can be intimidating. I look forward to working with you, and helping with any chemistry challenges that you may have. As for me, I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Spanish. I have lived most of my live between Boise and Australia; and if I’m not in Harned (my second home), you can find me splitting my time between whitewater kayaking and cycling. A few of my favorite things include airplanes, really strong coffee, and traveling. So, come visit me, I’d love to meet you! In terms of classes, I have taken CHEM 110/120, CHEM 230, CHEM 320, CHEM 250/251, CHEM 460/461. 


Hours: Sun 5-6pm (drop-in) & 6-9pm, M 12-2pm, Tu 5-7pm Th 1-3pm

Major: Chemistry

Tomicia Blunt

Tomicia Blunt, Writing Advisor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hi! My name is Tomicia Blunt, my pronouns are she/her/hers and I am a junior from San Francisco, CA. I am a Communication Studies and business minor. I am interested in dogs, fashion, art, music and their influence in culture. If you see me in the CWLT or Diversions say hi, I’d love to chat.‚Äč


Abroad Spring 2020

Major: Communication Studies
Other emphasis: Business


Tim Kiesling, Writing Advisor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hello! My name is Tim and I am a History and English double major from Ashland, Oregon. I transferred to UPS during my second year and am so glad I did. You can often find me walking my adorable dog Alfie. He is a Poodle/Terrier mix and big sweet heart. Feel free to come pet him if you see us. I'm super into music, film, literature and really all kinds of art and always happy to chat about our shared interests! Looking forward to meeting and working with all of you.


Hours: Sun 12-3pm, M 6-9pm, Th 12-4pm

Majors: History, English

Max Tapogna, Writing Advisor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hello! My name is Max Tapogna, I am a senior from Portland, Oregon majoring in Theatre Arts and minoring in Music. I've spent most of my time in college rehearsing and performing in productions with the Department of Theatre Arts or the School of Music. However, working at the CWLT has also been a huge part of my Puget Sound experience. When I'm not in the center or busy with rehearsal I spend my time running, writing, and connecting with friends. I am fan of the many wonderful cafes and alleyways Tacoma has to offer, and love exploring them on bicycle. Come by if you'd like to talk about your essay, or simply chat about ideas and drink tea. I look forward to meeting you!  


HoursM 1-3pm, Tu 4-5pm, Th 4-6pm, F 12-3pm

Major: Theatre

Other emphases: Music, English