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Graduate & Multilingual Students

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Do you need help with your master's thesis, doctoral dissertation, or conference presentation? The Writing Center has two professional tutors (not students) who are trained to work specifically with graduate students. Be sure to check out the tutors' bios below before signing up for an appointment.
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Is English your second, or even third language? Our professional tutors have expertise working with multilingual students, at the graduate or undergraduate level. One of our tutors is fluent in Chinese and Korean, with a working knowledge of Japanese and Spanish! All of our professional tutors have many years' experience tutoring multilingual students. Be sure to check out the tutors' bios below before signing up for an appointment.

Professional Tutors

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Rachel Galda 
B.A. English

Rachel Galda is a recent graduate of University of Massachusetts Lowell where she received her Bachelor’s in English. Adding on to her Associate’s in Education, she is now enrolled in her master’s Program in Education at Merrimack College. She plans to put her passion and education into a career of teaching English and Language Arts. Tutoring off and on since 2011, she first took a job with a private tutoring agency to tutor ESL students in preparation for the English, grammar, and writing portions of standardized testing. More recently, she has been with UML’s Writing Center in her last semester of college. She loves the challenges and self-expression that writing can provide and is excited to team up with you.

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Wayne Griffin
M.A. Applied Linguistics, TESOL
OfficeO'Leary 322

Hi, I’m Wayne. I love to learn, and I have found that a good way to learn is through helping others express their ideas in writing. One thing I believe is that language is a tool for communication and not just a set of complex grammar rules. Another thing I believe is that writing improves our ability to think. I spent many years in Asia teaching writing and learning Chinese. In addition to being fluent in Chinese, I also have a working knowledge of Korean, Japanese, and Spanish, and so I enjoy helping multilingual individuals express their ideas clearly. I also find it fulfilling to work with graduate students on challenging tasks. Often, we need someone to discuss our ideas in order to clarify them to ourselves and others. I am grateful for all I can learn on such a wide variety of topics as I act as a sounding board for writers. I know that when I was writing my thesis, without an extra set of eyes my task would have been twice as difficult. I look forward to learning with you.