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

Spring 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 Spring 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 are 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/
  4. When scheduling your appointment please include your name, U-number, Class/Instructor and any details regarding your tutoring needs in the "Notes" section.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

If you are interested in working as a language tutor, please fill out our application. Please note that an application will need to be submitted for each semester.


Meet Your Tutors

Abisola Akinbola - French








After earning my first degree in French language from the prestigious University of Lagos, I entered the education world to explore my passion for teaching and imparting knowledge. Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of South Florida and also work as a Graduate teaching assistant where I’m focused on helping students on their journey to proficiency in French language.

When I’m not keeping busy with teaching or learning, you can find me listening to podcasts, music and audiobooks.

Email: aakinbola@usf.edu

Max Chamberlain - Spanish











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

Ennis Cruz Gonzales - Spanish

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Ennis is a native Spanish speaker coming from Isabela, Puerto Rico where she lived for 8 years. She has spent most of her life moving around South Florida and exploring different cities. Ennis loves to teach; she has a B.S. in English Education with a minor in Linguistics from USF and is currently an M.A. student in the Applied Linguistics & TESOL program. In her free time, you can find Ennis reading a memoir or novel, participating in language exchanges, or checking out coffee shops.

Email: ennisc@usf.edu

Kayla Figueroa - Spanish










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

Eve Kovar - Spanish/Linguistics

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Eve is a transfer student to the MA program in Linguistics: TESOL from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago where she graduated with a BA in Spanish and a minor in TESOL. Growing up in the most diverse neighborhood in Chicago and attending multicultural schools throughout her academic career has instilled an open mind to a multitude of cultures and languages in Eve. She has also traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, and lived/volunteered in Ecuador as well. She will be tutoring in Spanish and Linguistics. She understands the challenge of learning a new language and is very patient. Teaching is a passion for her amongst other areas of interest including: playing music, dance, making art, writing, cooking, and exploring nature. 

Email: evekovar@usf.edu

Moritz Kramer - German

Moritz Kramer

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


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

Rachel Poore - French


I have been learning French for 8 years, starting in high school. I'm from Jacksonville, Florida and I understand the struggles of learning a new language from the perspective of a native English speaker. I love languages and teaching what I know to others: tutoring at each institution I've attended. I know little bits of German and Old French as well. I have B.A.s in Anthropology and French Studies from UNF and am currently going for my M.A. in French with a related field of Applied Linguistics. When I'm not reading, I love painting, archery, playing videogames and learning about other languages and cultures.

Email: rdpoore@usf.edu

Anastasiya Pylypenko - Russian/Spanish


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