The Center for Writing and Learning 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.


Spring 2023

The CWL is hosting appointments for the Spring 2023 semester. See below for more information about our academic consultants and to see their weekly schedules.

To make an appointment, leave a voicemail at 253.879.3404 or complete this form

Tutor bios and hours are below.

Ebony James

Ebony James

Pronouns: she/her/hers                                    

Hi! My name is Ebony and I am a senior this year. I am an International Political Economy Major, and seeking minors in Politics and Government and Spanish. On campus I also work as a diner student lead. I participate in Inter-varsity and the Black Student Union. I have been traveling with my dad since I was a baby and love to learn about other parts of the world. I love spending with family and friends. I am addicted to TV and yes I love Grey’s Anatomy.

Hours: Sun 4-7pm, M 2-3pm, Tu 9-11am

Major: International Political Economy

Minors: Politics & Government and Spanish

Photo of Evelyn Standout sitting on a beach

Evelyn Standaert

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hello! My name is Evelyn Standaert, but I mainly just go by Evie. I'm from Olympia, WA and am a junior here at UPS, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Politics and Government and an emphasis in Bioethics. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, hiking, and hanging out with my dog. I'm also on the pre-health track so feel free to reach out to me with any questions about that as well. I look forward to meeting you!

Hours: M 9-10am, Tu 5-6pm, W 9-11am, Th 4-7pm, F 9-10am 

Classes Taken: BIO 111, 112, 212, 213

Maia Nilsson

Maia Nilsson

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Hi everyone, my name is Maia and I am a junior from San Diego CA. I’m an English major with a creative writing emphasis, and I’m also a part of the honors program. I’m involved with COMBS, Crosscurrents, and I play trombone! On campus, you can find me at the climbing wall, practicing in the music building, or working in the Center. Looking forward to meeting you!

Hours: Sun 11am-2pm, M 9-10am, Tu 7-9pm, W 3-4pm

Major: English (Creative Writing)
Minor: Spanish