Undergraduate

WLE Tutoring

USF sarasota-manatee CAMPUS


Tutoring on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus is offered through Learning Support Services. More information about the services offered is available on the Sarasota-Manatee Campus website. Once you are ready to schedule an appointment, please access the scheduler.

 

USF St. Petersburg Campus


Tutoring on the St. Petersburg campus is offered through the Debbie Nye Sembler Student Success Center. For information regarding tutoring, join the SSC Virtual Desk. A virtual desk member will be happy to help! (Desk staff online Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Note: This service works best when accessed from the Microsoft Teams application, Chrome, Edge, or Safari. Make sure to allow microphone access to talk with a team member. Firefox requires you to call a phone number to have audio.

 

USF Tampa Campus


Fall 2021 Tutoring 

WLE Tutoring Policy

You can work with a tutor for a 30-minute block of time. If there are no other students waiting to be tutored, then a tutor can work with you for up to 60 minutes. However, this is up to the tutor’s discretion as the regular tutoring time for all students is 30 minutes. Please be aware that at busy times, tutors may need to work with multiple students at once. At these peak times, it is up to the tutor’s discretion how all waiting students will be tutored.

Information for Students

Tutoring is provided online in the Fall 2021 semester. We encourage students to plan their tutoring sessions in advance and recommend that students follow these steps:

  1. Review the WLE Tutoring Policy. Please note that by receiving tutoring, you agree to abide by the WLE Tutoring policy, which is in place to ensure that we can fairly serve as many students as possible.
  2. Check the tutoring schedule to determine tutors’ availability and schedule an appointment. You can learn more about the tutors before you schedule from their bios below.
  3. Visit our Bookings page to schedule an appointment: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/USFLanguageTutoring@usfedu.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/
    (For Japanese tutoring, you can join a tutoring session during the tutoring hours (T noon-4pm; W noon-4pm; TR noon-2pm) using the meeting link below (no appointment necessary). https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3adce9ccc04cd2423bb5d9e98e99853163%40thread.tacv2/General?groupId=90eb94bc-1e0e-49db-ab3c-f4eeb11c243e&tenantId=741bf7de-e2e5-46df-8d67-82607df9deaa
  1. When scheduling your appointment please include your name, U-number, Class/Instructor and any details regarding your learning/tutoring needs in the "Notes" section.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email and an invitation to add the appointment to your calendar. Please notify your tutor in advance if the appointment needs to be changed or cancelled.
  3. Your appointment will take place on Microsoft Teams. Your tutor will coordinate with you for your virtual tutoring session. Any questions should be directed to the tutor via email.

Tutoring services are offered for free during the Fall and Spring semesters. The schedule will be posted at the beginning each semester.

Meet Your Tutors

Firoz Ahmed - Linguistics

 

Ghadah Benitez - Conversational Arabic and Linguistics

 A female tutor named Ghadah Benitez

 My name is Ghadah Benitez and I am a second-year Masters Degree Student in Applied Linguistics. I have experience with university-level research and projects, public school education, and private sector instruction. 

I learned to conversate in Arabic growing up around family and villagers in Palestine. My interests are cross-cultural communication where we build bridges of relating no matter how different we may seem. I love to write and read. I enjoy when I write things that write themselves and inspiration is sparked from wells of experience and wisdom over the years. 

I am currently interning at an Islamic School that includes students from all countries in the middle east. I am involved in creating curriculum, lesson plans as well as teaching ELL students. 

I have five children, 2 have graduated from USF and now I go to them for advice about everything. The parenting role has switched somehow. I don’t mind it at all. 

Email: ghadahrahman@usf.edu

Max Chamberlain - Spanish

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 My name is Max Chamberlain. After my family moved around the US, we finally settled down in Huron, South Dakota. I received a Bachelors in Music Education at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Before coming to Tampa, I taught 7th and 8th grade choir in Great Bend, Kansas for 4 years. In my free time I like to lift weights, explore random places, play Pokemon Go (Go Team Valor!), play video games, rock out on my guitar, and hang out with my cat Luna Tic. I look forward to meeting everyone!

Email: chamberlain19@usf.edu

Kayla Figueroa - Spanish

 
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Hi, my name is Kayla Figueroa! I am a graduate student at USF in the Applied Linguistics: TESL program. I am a Tampa native who also went to USF for my Undergraduate degree in Spanish and Applied Linguistics. I am very passionate about learning and languages, so I am excited to help others find that passion too! I love to travel and experience new cultures. In my free time, I enjoy trying new places to eat, exploring new trails, and checking out new coffee shops around town.

Email: figueroak@usf.edu

Moritz Kramer - German

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Hi, I’m Mo!

I just graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and now I’m a Linguistics (ESL) grad student, planning on teaching German at the Community College Level. 

I grew up in Germany, was drafted after high school, and did my two years of service in the Bundeswehr (German Army). After being honorably discharged, I did an apprenticeship in construction. At that time, I played football at the Bielefeld Bulldogs and developed a passion for American sports and customs. Eventually, I decided to change career paths and move to the United States to study.

In my free time, I enjoy reading and working out. My favorite authors are currently Susan Cain and Colleen Hoover. I’m very passionate about traveling and learning from different cultures. I did my first semester at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. After that, I went to Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and finally moved to St. Petersburg, Florida.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can assist you with German grammar, pronunciation, or just general homework assignments. I am more than happy to help!


Email: Kramer6@usf.edu

Kara Marín - Spanish

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Kara received her B.A. in Applied Linguistics and International Studies here at USF, and is currently an M.A. student in the Applied Linguistics and TESOL program. As a heritage speaker of Spanish, Kara has experience learning in both formal and informal settings and looks forward to using this experience to support other learners with a passion for Spanish. In her free time, Kara is an improv comedian, and teaches and performs regularly in the Tampa Bay community.

Email: kmarin@usf.edu

Shinsaku Maruyama - Japanese

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Hello, I am Shinsaku Maruyama, an international student from Tokyo, Japan. I graduated from Western Wyoming Community College with an AA, and transferred to USF for my Bachelors in Economics. I graduated with my bachelors in May 2020, and am currently a graduate student studying linguistics at USF.

I was first motivated to study a foreign language during my first international trip to New York at age 15. At the time, I only knew the word “hello” in English, and I still remember my interest when I observed conversations between English speakers. This trip was not long enough to learn English, but the exposure to the language created my interest to learn. As I continued studying the English language, I grew an interest in linguistics. Learning a different language has opened up many different doors for me including music, literature, and learning about other cultures. Initially, learning a new language might sound challenging, but I am here to assist you to enjoy the whole experience. I would like to take this opportunity as not only teaching, but also sharing and learning about each other's cultures.

In my spare time, I enjoy drawing, making music, and going for evening walks while listening to my favorite music. Those things bring me enormous joy and happiness. Moreover, having lived in Tampa for about two years, I have come to appreciate the sunsets in Tampa. They are one of the most beautiful sights I have seen, and am thankful that I get to see them on a daily basis. They are the reason for my evening walks.

I have decent knowledge of the Japanese underground hip-hop culture, mainly music. If you are curious, I would love to share more about this subculture in Japan. As I meet many Japanese language students through the language lab, I would also love to learn something that I do not know about. I look forward to working with you all!

Email: shinsaku@usf.edu

Anastasiya Pylypenko - Russian/Spanish

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Hi, my name is Anastasia, and I’ve always enjoyed languages, literature and writing as much as traveling and learning about different cultures.

I’m originally from Ukraine, I have visited 16 countries, and I’ve been teaching English as a second language for over 8 years after my Future Leader’s Exchange year in the USA, where I completed 100 hours of volunteering and got the President’s Volunteering Service award back in 2012. I have acquired a bachelor’s degree in Philology (English and Spanish Language and Literature) at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, I also studied modern languages in Spain at the University of Deusto as an Erasmus student.

I am fluent in five languages so far (English, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Polish), and I am constantly working on learning new ones, I used to study Farsi and now I’m trying to learn French.

I got a bit familiar with Euskera while studying in Northern Spain.

Teaching is another passion of mine. While working as a tutor, I’ve met so many different people of different ages and backgrounds. While teaching them, I observed their life change, I have shared their achievements and experiences, such as students going to study abroad after passing their tests, kids reaching the top of their class and adults finding the job they wanted, etc.

I also have translating and interpreting experience, as I used to work as an interpreter in Chicago for 2 years, interpreting at immigration and asylum interviews at USCIS.

Now I’m a graduate student at USF, majoring in Applied linguistics.

I’ll be more than happy to share everything I know about Russian and Spanish languages. Language always comes with literature and culture and a whole new life approach and that’s what makes it exciting.

I dream of becoming a college professor one day, research and learn more languages and cultures and share everything I know with my students.

Email: anastasiyap@usf.edu