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 2022

To make an appointment, leave a voicemail at 253.879.3404 or complete this form. We are currently planning to do in-person appointments (with masks) in Howarth 109 beginning the second week of classes.

Tutor bios and hours are below.

Hayden Hotchkiss

Hayden Hotchkiss

Pronouns: she/her/hers                                    

Hi there, my name is Hayden Hotchkiss and I am a senior from Boulder, Colorado! I am a Psychology major. When I’m not in the library studying, I am either playing soccer or lacrosse on campus. In the summer I love rock climbing, white-water canoeing, and running around in the Olympic National Forest. I’m also pretty nerdy about the cello, intersectional feminism, and neuroscience, but come in to the CWL to chat about anything at all. Looking forward to meeting you!

10am-Noon & 8-9pm, Tu Noon-1pm & 7-9pm, Th Noon-2pm, F Noon-2pm

Major: Psychology

Evelyn Martin

Evelyn Martin

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hey! My name is Evelyn, and I’m a senior from University Place, WA. I’m an economics major with Spanish and math minors. Outside of class, I enjoy gardening, cooking, and going on hikes in the beautiful PNW. Learning a new language can be challenging, but I’m here to help! As the daughter of a Peruvian immigrant, I have been fortunate to utilize Spanish from an early age, and I would love to share my passion for Spanish language and culture with you all.

Tu Noon-2pm, 2-4pm, Th Noon-2pm, F 9am-Noon

Major: Economics

Owen Shellhammer

Owen Shellhammer

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hi! My name is Owen Shellhammer, and I am a senior majoring in physics and mathematics. I also play on the baseball team here at UPS! When I’m not on the field, or in the classroom, I usually spend my free time exploring the fun sites of Tacoma and Seattle area. I also enjoy yoga sessions down at Expand Yoga Studio. While I do enjoy baseball, and sports in general, I am also a huge fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, and Marvel movies and comics—so if you want to discuss the latest theories about your favorite characters, I’d love to chat! When it comes to writing advising, my main focus is to help you with your creative writing process, and to assist you in achieving your writing goals! While I have an extensive background in mathematical writing, and lab reports, I also help with argumentative essays, research papers, and language arts-based writing. I look forward to meeting with you!

Sun 7-8pm, M 11am-2pm & 7-8pm, W 11am-Noon & 7-9pm, Th 7-9p

Major: Physics & Math