Tutor Profiles

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Hello, my name is Brandon. At the center, I work as an Accounting Consultant.  I have an educational background in Accounting. To me, tutoring is an opportunity to connect with other college students. Helping others from a professional perspective has enabled me to develop the passion for tutoring and to accommodate the educational needs of students.

Cary Shi

Hello, my name is Cary Shi, and I am an Accounting Consultant. I have an educational background in Accounting. To me, tutoring means having the tutee walk out of a session with a better understanding and a better chance of achieving a higher grade.

Joshua Ortiz

Hello, I’m Joshua. I tutor Accounting and Business. I have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance and Business. To me, tutoring means that every student who comes to one of my sessions—be it for guidance, advice, or aid—comes out a more efficient learner.  I embrace the idea of working smarter, not harder, on assigned tasks. I achieve this philosophy by explaining ways to search for information by using footnotes, indexes, and breaking down elements of a task to their essential targets.

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Barbara B. 

My name is Barbara Ballen, and I am a Biology Consultant.  I have a doctoral degree in Science. To me, my tutoring philosophy can be encapsulated in the following quote: “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life” --Plato. 

Mikhail Ilyasov

Hello, my name is Mikhail, and I am an Anatomy and Physiology Consultant. I have an education background in Psychology and Biology, and I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CUNY York College. To me, being able to tutor and help students further their educational career is a privilege. I understand that most topics and concepts can be difficult to comprehend which is why I believe that someone who has previous positive experience with these classes should help current students to the best of their capabilities. Anatomy and Physiology is the first step that all medical students need to take and is a pivotal part in the beginning of their medical career. Being able to tutor students individually or within groups and start building relationships with them is also an important part of my own and their education.


My name is Muhammad, and I am a Biology Consultant. I have an educational background in Biology and plan to continue my studies in a medical career. To me, tutoring is a good way to help others. I’m pleased when someone gets a good grade through my help. It is a source of building a respectful relationship with students. I love to see students gaining confidence as better readers and problem solvers.


Hi, my name is Simon, and I am a Biology Consultant and Sports Photographer. I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Queens College. To me, tutoring is an enlightening experience allowing for creativity and knowledge to circumvent challenges for a better learning experience.

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My name is Al, and I am a Writing Consultant. I have an educational background in Science, Math, English, and Technology, and I teach Math courses at York College. To me, tutoring means guiding and inspiring via example and self-practice. It is assisting, yet holding back so the tutee is putting in practice. Learning is then grown and demonstrated by their independence. This is our goal. 


Hello, my name is Aminata, and I am a Writing Consultant in the CLC. I graduated magna cum laude from York College with a BS in Accounting. However, don’t let this science degree fool you. My love for numbers is as big as my infatuation with words and the English language. It is not as if I had a choice anyway. I had to painfully learn that French and Wolof were no longer going to be useful for me and that writing in English was going to be my destiny. And what else can you do with destiny other than embrace it? So I did just that! Eventually, I fell in love with reading and writing, married the English language, and here I am now in a committed long-term relationship with it. Consequently, tutoring writing was inevitable. In fact, it is a way to share my skill, to help, and to encourage others who are either science majors, speak multiple languages, and/or find it difficult to express their thoughts correctly on paper. Cheer up! If I could do it, you definitely can. My philosophy is that the more a student comes to the CLC, the less he/she needs us (tutors), as each session is an opportunity to acquire all the tools necessary to be able to confidently write future papers independently, with minimal help. Writing can be frustrating sometimes, so think of me as a helping hand. To the rescue!  


I’m Amanda. I work as a Writing Consultant at the Collaborative Learning Center. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at York College. To me, tutoring is a vital resource that is beneficial to anyone who is willing to take advantage. As a person who values new and creative ideas, I will work to enable students to think critically about their writing. My goal is to help students produce writing they can be proud of.   


I’m Andrew, and I am a Writing Consultant. I have a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Literature and Creative Writing from York College. While I was attending York College, I earned the award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing.  To me, tutoring is a process for both me and my students to ultimately become better critical thinkers. I understand the struggle of being a York College student, but optimistically I believe that with hard work all my students can thrive. I love brainstorming sessions and strengthening thesis statements. 


Hello, my name is Blessing and I am a Writing Consultant at the York College Collaborative Learning Center. I have an educational background in Community Health Education and graduated with my bachelor’s in June 2016. To me, tutoring means reconnecting with students by fostering the true meaning of academic writing.


Hi, I’m Breanna Niranjan, and I have worked as a Writing Consultant since 2013. I have an educational background in Political Science and obtained my bachelor’s degree from CUNY York College. I am a prospective law school student, and I hope to attend CUNY Law School in Fall 2018. To me, tutoring is a great opportunity for students to work with their peers one-on-one to enhance their writing abilities. I believe that students should always write what they want to say as straightforwardly as possible in order to get their ideas on paper. This can be more helpful than trying to force an unnatural writing style. Also, there is no harm in getting an outsider’s opinion on an assignment that a student is not sure about. 


My name is Brianna, and I am a Writing Consultant. I am a student at York College and intend on becoming a Nursing major. From my perspective, tutoring has a significant impact on both the tutors and the students. As a Consultant, I can say that I enjoy helping others. Also, I learn how to deal with the different ways that students learn so I can accommodate their needs. Whether the students struggle to organize their ideas or need to work on their grammatical weakness, tutors are here to guide them.

Barbra T.

Hi, I’m Barbra. I work as a Writing Consultant. I have an educational background in Psychology, and I am a Master’s level Mental Health Counselor.  To me, tutoring is an opportunity to zone in on the specific points that can’t be addressed fully by professors in class and is a way to approach learning in an individualized way. 


Hi, my name is Jamaar. I am a Writing Consultant at the CLC. I have an educational background in English and Pre-Law. To me, tutoring means helping to further the writing abilities and comprehension of my York peers. In aiding to do this, I feel like I’m adding to the wealth of students’ abilities to skillfully and intelligently perform in the classroom and outside the confines of the York College community.


My name is Melissa, and I am a Writing Consultant and a current student at York College. My intended major is Nursing, and yes it is not English. English is my second language, and I had to learn to read and write it at a young age. Why not put it to a good use by helping other students’ progress academically? To me, tutoring is a great way to help one improve or excel in a subject that they struggle with. As a Consultant, my intention is to encourage my tutees as they work in order to develop their writing skills. I provide reassurance and support while still letting the student be responsible for their own work. I am a helpful guide, and I am always pleased to help. 


My name is Rsha, and I am a Writing Consultant. I have an educational background in Psychology and Health Education. To me, tutoring is a great responsibility and a rewarding experience. Tutoring means helping students reach their potential by adapting to their needs, learning styles, and acting as a guide rather than a professor. Tutoring has allowed me to appreciate the individuality of every student and has inspired me to pursue a career path in which I would interact with my environment and surroundings.


Hi, my name is Saakhena. I am a Writing Consultant. I have a BA in English.  I believe that by giving a student the tools they need to write an essay, a tutor paves the way for future writers to express their ideas. 


Getting that excellent grade on a writing assignment is what most students hope for, and as a Writing Consultant that is the path that I try to navigate my students onto. Having recently graduated from Queens College with a B.A. in English, my knowledge of the writing process well equips me to take on this role. However, my role in tutoring is not to regurgitate information about writing or fix errors for the student. What my role does enable me to do is to help students embrace their own mistakes so that they can achieve mastery by themselves with the tools that they have taken away from a session. 


Hi, my name is Winnie, and I am a Writing Consultant. I am currently attempting to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. To me, tutoring means helping students be the best possible version of themselves academically. The highlight of my workday is knowing that I helped a student express their idea clearly and concisely on paper.

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My name is Belgica, and I am a Spanish Consultant. I graduated from York College with an Accounting degree. I am currently responsible for the bookkeeping of a technology company. In addition, I serve as a tax professional at H&R Block, helping clients to strategize for tax planning. I have worked at York College since 2012 as a College Assistant/Spanish Consultant. I am friendly and outgoing and will endeavor to help my students in any way possible. 


My name is Karems, and I am a Spanish Consultant. I have acquired a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from York College. To me, tutoring is a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge. To teach parts of my native language makes me proud of where I come from. Also, being able to help students is a pleasure. For me, tutoring is an honor.


Hello, my name is Yolanda. I am a Spanish Consultant. I have an educational background in Sociology and a second degree in Spanish from York College. To me, being a Consultant has been the most beautiful experience as I share my knowledge with my students and help them accomplish their goals.

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My name is Daoud, and I am an Occupational Therapy tutor for first-year students in York College’s combined BS/MS Occupational Therapy program. I am a second-year student in the Occupational Therapy program, and have an educational background in Functional Human Anatomy & Physiology, Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Analysis, and Occupation Through the Lifespan. To me, tutoring is essential for students to understand and comprehend the material that they are expected to learn and retain throughout their careers.


Hi, my name is Dolores. I am an Occupational Therapy tutor, and I have experience with Pediatrics, Research Methods, Advanced Neuroscience and Advanced Analysis. To me, tutoring is an important part of the learning process. Being able to provide additional resources to students to be successful in understanding class material and improve their skills means that they can become independent learners. I believe that independent learning is the highest level of learning.

Gadina Gill

Hello, my name is Gadina, and I am a Math, Philosophy, and Psychology Consultant. I have an educational background in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Psychology. My philosophy is best encapsulated by the following quote by Theodore Roosevelt: “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” I tutor because I want students to understand the difference between trying harder and giving up. Many students have the ability to do more than they think they’re capable of. My job as a tutor is to help them realize that.

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My name is Idris, and I am a Health Consultant. I have an educational background in Biology and Health Promotion Management. To me, tutoring is a channel to aid instruction which fosters student’s understanding. Tutoring means being able to understand complex concepts better in a one-on-one setting.


Hi, my name is Ethan and, I am a Humanities Consultant. I tutor History, Political Science, and a few other liberal arts subjects. As for my educational background, I have a BA in History from Franklin & Marshall College. For me, tutoring ideally involves patiently figuring out what a student needs help understanding, and then providing an explanation as well as suggesting learning strategies which the student can use in the future.

Meherunnesa (Limi)

Hello, I’m Meherunnesa (or you may also know me by the name of Limi).  I am a Math and Computer Science Consultant. I am majoring in Computer Science. Tutoring, to me, means helping students to achieve their goals. Tutoring is a fun way of sharing a Consultant’s knowledge with their students and thus helping them in their struggle of learning.


Hi, my name is Paul, and I am a Computer Science Consultant. I am currently seeking my BS in Computer Science from York College. Tutoring is an important part of solidifying your knowledge on topics you may have had issues with learning on your own, or in class. I find the opportunity to talk through problems and review material with my students to be mutually beneficial.


Hello, my name is Sandra. I am an ESL, CATW, and ATB Consultant. I have an educational background in English Literature, French Literature, and Philosophy.  I was a lecturer in York’s English Department from 1999-2002. To me, tutoring means empathizing with foreign students. I view my tutoring as a valuable exchange.


Hi, my name is Zoya, and I am a Psychology Consultant. I have an educational background in Psychology and obtained my bachelor’s in Psychology from York College. To me, tutoring is a helpful support service for students. Regardless of whether you are doing well or having trouble in a class, coming to the center to sit with a tutor to share ideas, gain clarity, understanding and extra practice will prove to be beneficial. I equip my students with effective tips and tricks to understand, memorize, and work through problems.