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 or stop by Howarth 105 in person. 


Aya Goto

Aya Goto-Hirsig, Subject Tutor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hey there! I’m Aya Goto, and I’m from Berkeley, California. I am double majoring in Japanese and International Relations. I love travel, the outdoors, playing the guitar, drawing, and windsurfing. I spent my gap year volunteering on organic farms all over Japan, and would love to swap stories with you while we study Japanese. Whether to chat, learn a new concept or review for a test, feel free to stop on by! Look forward to meeting you all :)


Hours: M 11am-1pm, 4-5pm, T noon-3pm, Th noon-3pm

Major: Japanese and International Relations

Will Keyse

Will Keyse, Writing Advisor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hello Fellow Logger! My name is Will Keyse, I'm a junior Politics and Government Major/Spanish minor from Denver, CO. This is my first year working at the CWLT, and when I'm not delving into the craft of writing, I'm probably justifying eating for a fourth or fifth time of the day to myself, wandering to the various corners of the state in search of nature, or watching yet another episode of How I Met Your Mother. Swing by the center for questions on your writing or if you want to nerd-out over some Lord of the Rings!


Abroad Spring 2019

Major: Politics and Government
Other emphasis: Spanish


Annie Lamar

Annie Lamar, Writing Advisor, Subject Tutor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hello! My name is Annie Lamar. I am from Orange County, California and am a Classical Languages major with a Mathematics and Computer Science double minor. When I'm not studying or tutoring, I can be find fueling my tea addiction at tea shops around Tacoma or exploring used bookstores. I also enjoy backpacking, trail running, and reading Harry Potter in ancient Greek! I look forward to working with you in the Center!


M 11am-1pm, T 2-4pm, Th 9am-noon, F 11am-noon & 2-3pm 

Majors: Classical Languages

Other emphases: Mathematics and Computer Science double minor

 Caleb Van Boven  

Caleb Van Boven, Subject Tutor & Peer Academic Consultant

Hi! I’m Caleb Van Boven and I am a senior from Boulder, CO pursuing an Exercise Science major.  On campus, I’m involved as a member of the swim team and Greek life, but most often you’ll find me studying around Thompson. When I’m not busy, I’m likely playing basketball or out hiking around Point Defiance. I’m honored and excited to work with you all as an Exercise Science Subject tutor!


Hours: M 1-2 & 4-7pm, T 7-9pm, W 8-9pm, Th 5-7pm

Major: Exercise Science