Meet Our Tutors

Meet Our Tutors

Spring 2022 Tutors

CHINESE

  • Angel (Biology in Health Science)
    你好!My name is Angel. This is my first year at HPU, and I am a junior. I am majoring in biology with a concentration in human and health sciences. I currently tutor Chinese, biology, chemistry, math, and statistics. I look forward to seeing you here at CAS!

FRENCH

  • shanna (MASCOM - Master in Communication)
    Bonjour! My name is Shanna, I'm from Paris, France and I'm studying my Master's degree in Strategic Communication here, at HPU. I have always been passionate about languages and had the chance to learn several at a young age. Today, I would love to pass on what I have learned and help you speak about Croissant and baguette, as cliche as it sounds, in near perfect French! We will talk a lot about everyday topics and you will learn more about French culture. Besides languages, I am also passionate about music, and basically everything this island has to offer!

HAWAIIAN

  • cloe (Psychology)
    Aloha kākou! My name is Cloë. I was born and raised on Hawai'i Island, and I love my beautiful home. I am interested in marine biology, music, and psychology. Outside of school I like to surf, do volunteer work with my boyfriend, and jam with my friends. Unfortunately for my bank account, I am also a huge foodie! I tutor Hawaiian language, statistics, writing, and psychology. I will tutor until I graduate from HPU next year!

  • Nicole (Pre-Nursing)
    Aloha mai kākou! My name is Nicole and I have lived in Hawaiʻi all my life. Currently, I am a freshman here at HPU and I am a pre-nursing major. Some of my hobbies include going to the beach and film photography. E ola mau ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi!

JAPANESE

  • honoka (Business Administration in Accounting)
    Hello! My name is Honoka and I am from Japan. This is my third year at HPU and I am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. In my free time, I like relaxing on the beach and watching movies. I’m looking forward to working with you!

  • KAREN (Pre-Nursing)
    こんにちは (konnichiwa)! My name is Karen Shimizu, I’m currently a pre-nursing major with minoring in health education and promotion. I was born and raised in Japan and moved to Hawaii 2 years ago for studying at HPU. As I learned English as a second language at school, I know how hard it is to learn a whole new language, but we can work on together! I’m always here to help you. I’m looking forward to seeing you at CAS!

  • Rui (Nursing)
    Aloha! My name is Rui and I’m a senior at HPU, majoring in Nursing. I was born and raised in Kobe, Japan, moved to Hawaii 3 years ago. My favorite thing to do in my free time is to watch shows/movies, and I also like to go to the beach during sunset time just to relax. I’ll try my best to help you learn and improve your language skills. I’m looking forward to working with you!

  • taylor (Psychology)
    Greetings! I’m Taylor and I’m from Hawai‘i, born and raised. I’m currently a junior at HPU, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Japanese! My hobbies include singing, reading, and horseback riding. I’ve been working as a writing and Japanese tutor for a year. I’m looking forward to working with you!

SPANISH

  • Andres (Marine Biology)
    I am a Marine Bio major and was born in Venezuela, I'm a native Spanish speaker and have been all around the Americas so I have a lot of experience with the different accents and word choices of different spanish-speaking cultures. I really enjoy tutoring Spanish especially by having conversations because that is the only way to truly understand the language and make it possible to become fluent in Spanish. My favorite thing to do on my free time is to snorkel and see fish.

  • Danny (Marine Biology & Biomedical Engineering)
    Hello my name is Danny and I’m from Riverside California but have also lived in Mexico and have gone to school in both countries. Currently I’m a tutor for Spanish and STEM and a double major at HPU majoring in Marine Biology and Biomedical Engineering. I will be part of the first class to graduate form HPU with a degree in engineering. I’m first generation Mexican American and have seen the difficulties of learning a foreign language first hand, because of this I like to try my best to help students who want to learn about my language and culture so that they understand; this extends to my tutoring in math, engineering, and sciences, even though these courses are difficult that should never stop someone from trying you never know what you can discover.

  • Marjorie (Elementary Education)
    I am a Spanish tutor here at CAS. My major is Elementary Education because I like kids and I hope to be a teacher someday. I know the struggles and joy of learning a new language and I hope to help those who are learning my language. I was born in El Salvador and moved to LA at the age of 6. I’m glad that I ended up in Hawaii for college because it feels like a mix of El Salvador with the beautiful green scenery and LA with all the diversity.

  • Nikita (Graduate TESOL Certificate)
    Hello, I am a tutor at the CAS because I have a passion for teaching and learning foreign languages. By being a tutor at the Center for Academic Success I am ready to provide guidance on how to overcome challenges regarding the subject and give useful strategies on how to efficiently learn a foreign language. Besides the CAS I am a student-teacher of the SPAN-1200 course at this university and I am currently enrolled in the postgraduate TESOL program at the department of applied linguistics of HPU.

  • Victor (Marine Biology) 
    I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I'm majoring in Marine Biology with minors in Spanish and Multimedia. I am a native Spanish speaker, and I've always loved the language and my Mexican culture. I love being able to share my language and culture with others. In my free time I love photography, swimming, and hiking.

BUSINESS

  • HoNoka (Business Administration in Accounting) – ACCT, ECON, MATH
    Hello! My name is Honoka and I am from Japan. This is my third year at HPU and I am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. In my free time, I like relaxing on the beach and watching movies. I’m looking forward to working with you!

  • MAREN (Business Administration in Finance and Econ) – ECON, FIN, MKTG, STATS
    Hello! My name is Maren Fedje Kvam and I’m from Norway. I’m a senior at HPU majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance and economics. When I’m not in class or studying, I like to hike, run, go to the beach or explore the island with my friends. This is my last year at HPU so I’m trying to see and experience as much as possible.

  • Thy (Business Administration in Finance and Economics) – ECON, FIN, HTM, MKTG
    Hi everyone, my name is Thy Nguyen, I'm a transfer student from California. This is my second semester at HPU and I'm majoring in Business Administration concentrated in Finance and Economics , also minors in Hospitality Management. I would love hiking, cooking and enjoying at the beach when I have time. I know Finance is a very challenging class but we will make it together. I'm trying to gain more experiences as much as I can and I can share them with you all. Hope to see you soon.

NATURAL SCIENCE

  • Andres (Marine Biology) – BIOL, CHEM, MATH
    I am a Marine Bio major and was born in Venezuela, I'm a native Spanish speaker and have been all around the Americas so I have a lot of experience with the different accents and word choices of different spanish-speaking cultures. I really enjoy tutoring Spanish especially by having conversations because that is the only way to truly understand the language and make it possible to become fluent in Spanish. My favorite thing to do on my free time is to snorkel and see fish.

  • Angel (Biology in Health Science) – BIOL, CHEM, MATH, STATS
    My name is Angel. This is my first year at HPU, and I am a junior. I am majoring in biology with a concentration in human and health sciences. I currently tutor Chinese, biology, chemistry, math, and statistics. I look forward to seeing you here at CAS!

  • Daniel (Secondary Education in Mathematics) – CSCI, MATH, STATS
    Hello! My name is Daniel and I am been a tutor with over seven years of professional experience outside of HPU. I am a senior majoring in Math Education. As an aspiring high school teacher, teaching is my passion. In my free time, I play casual video games online with my friends. It is my firm belief that knowing the practical application for mathematics is just as important as knowing the method so feel free to ask any questions about that as well. All questions are valid so don't be afraid to ask.

  • danny (Marine Biology and Biomedical Engineering) – BIOL, CHEM, ENGE, MATH, PHYS 
    Hello my name is Danny and I’m from Riverside California but have also lived in Mexico and have gone to school in both countries. Currently I’m a tutor for Spanish and STEM and a double major at HPU majoring in Marine Biology and Biomedical Engineering. I will be part of the first class to graduate form HPU with a degree in engineering. I’m first generation Mexican American and have seen the difficulties of learning a foreign language first hand, because of this I like to try my best to help students who want to learn about my language and culture so that they understand; this extends to my tutoring in math, engineering, and sciences, even though these courses are difficult that should never stop someone from trying you never know what you can discover.

  • Devyn (Marine Biology) – BIOL, MATH
    "Hello, my name is Devyn. I am a marine biology major with a minor in music. I really enjoy learning about biology and find doing math problems relaxing. I sing with the HPU International Vocal Ensemble and I am a member of the Marine Science Scholars program! In my spare time I read and try new food places with my friends. I really hope I’ll be able to help you with a subject you’re struggling with and I am excited to solve problems together!

  • karen (pre-nursing) – BIOL, CHEM, STATS
    Hello! My name is Karen Shimizu, I’m currently a pre-nursing major with minoring in health education and promotion. I was born and raised in Japan and moved to Hawaii 2 years ago to study at HPU. I’m looking forward to seeing you at CAS!

  • sarah (Pre-Health & Biomedical Engineering) – BIOL, CHEM, ENGE, MATH
    Hey! I'm Sarah and I'm a tutor at CAS for a few different STEM classes. If I'm not doing homework, I'm probably hanging out with my roommates, learning how to cook, or scrolling through instagram to find all the cute baby animal videos. As a chemistry and engineering major, I've probably had many of the same questions you're facing now. I love working as a tutor because I love talking through the problem conceptually until we figure out what isn't sitting right in the problem-solving thought process. We got this!

  • truong (Electrical Engineering) – CHEM, MATH, CSCI
    “Nice to meet you all! I’m Truong. I’m an international student coming from Vietnam. I’ve been in the US for 1.5 years. In my free time, I like cooking, hiking and hanging out with my friends. I know Math is a very challenging subject, but we will deal with it together. I’m willing to help you as best as I can. Hope to see you soon!”

NURSING

  • Janina (Nursing) 
    Hi everyone! I'm Janina, a Nursing tutor at CAS from O'ahu, Hawai'i. I am a senior nursing student aspiring to work in either Pediatrics or a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I am also currently a Certified Nursing Assistant, a member of the Executive Board for the Student Nurses Association, and a member of the HPU Orchestra! In my free time, I enjoy portrait photography, planning, and looking at cute study inspiration. Feel free to reach out for help with anything nursing-related, and I would be happy to assist to the best of my abilities. I am so excited to meet you all & happy studying!

WRITING MENTORS

  • athena (English, Arts and Markets)
    Aloha! I'm Athena and I was born and raised in Hawaii. I am a double major in English and Arts and Markets with a minor in writing. I enjoy reading and writing and spending time with my five cats, who all like to snuggle with me when it's time to get into a good book. I love helping people feel more confidant in their writing so that they can move forward through school with one less thing to worry about. I look forward to working with you!

  • ciara (Elementary Education)
    Hello! My name is Ciara and I am a fourth year elementary education major here at Hawaii Pacific University. Aside from always wanting to be a teacher, I’ve always had a passion for writing. On my free time, I like to write poetry, make music, play the ukulele, and go to the beach. I look forward to working with you!

  • gina (Criminal Justice)
    Yo yo! My name is Gina and I am a 3rd year Criminal Justice major with a Writing minor. I am originally from Seattle, so living here in this weather is amazing! In addition to working here at CAS, I also work in the Writing 1101 and 1201 labs with Dr. Gili. I am also the Vice Chairperson of HPU's Campus Activities Board. I love getting involved at HPU, and of course hitting the beach every once in a while. I hope to work with you and help improve your writing!

  • jasmine (Communication Studies)
    Hi fellow Shark, I'm Jasmine and I'm a senior from O'ahu, Hawaii. I'm majoring in Communication Studies and Practices with a focus on strategic communication. I've always liked to write about anything, whether it be on how my day went, how I'm feeling, or a topic that really fuels a passion inside of me. I can't promise you anything but I'll try to help you with your writing as much as I can!

  • Kalli (Liberal arts)
    Hello! My name is Kalli and I'm a second year student from Oahu, Hawaii. I am planning to major in Food Science and become a dietitian here in Hawaii. My hobbies include bodyboarding, gaming, and baking! I can't wait to work with you!

  • Kylie (Communication Studies)
    Aloha, my name is Kylie and I was born and raised on Kauai, Hawaii. I am majoring in Communication Studies and have a minor in Writing. In my free time, I enjoy reading, surfing, and being outdoors. One fun fact about me is that I never know what to say when I am asked for a fun fact about myself, but my recent go-to answer has been that I am an identical twin. I look forward to working with you on your writing assignments!

  • melanie (Marine Biology & Environmental Science)
    Hello! My name is Mel. I am originally from Indiana. I am a sophomore at HPU majoring in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. I have a passion for writing, and am minoring in it. I like to hike, dive, hang out with my dog Kaia, and go on adventures! I am excited to work with you! 

  • nyah (International Studies & TESOL)
    Hello! I am Nyah. I am originally from Iowa, and I am a junior at HPU studying International Studies and TESOL. I really enjoy writing and sometimes even write for fun! I enjoy sewing, going to the beach, and reading lots of books, also cats (because cats are cool). I look forward to working with you!

  • renzelle (Psychology)
    Hello! I'm Renzelle and I'm locally raised in Hawai'i! I am a junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Writing. I believe writing is an important skill one can have in expressing emotions and thoughts. It's totally okay to be intimidated with writing, but with practice and determinism your writing will improve! Hope to see you soon!

  • Sasha (MA - TESOL)
    My name is Sasha and I am currently a writing mentor and tutor here at CAS! I have my BA in English and I am currently a MA TESOL candidate here at HPU! I specialize in academic writing styles, multiple citation styles, and ESL/EFL learner needs! If you have any ADA accommodations, I am also well versed in adjusting the session to better suit your needs! I look forward to working with you soon! Mahalo!

  • taylor (Psychology)
    Greetings! I’m Taylor and I’m from Hawai‘i, born and raised. I’m currently a junior at HPU, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Japanese! My hobbies include singing, reading, and horseback riding. I’ve been working as a writing and Japanese tutor for a year. I’m looking forward to working with you!

WRITING TUTORS

  • cloe (Psychology)
    Aloha kākou! My name is Cloë. I was born and raised on Hawai'i Island, and I love my beautiful home. I am interested in marine biology, music, and psychology. Outside of school I like to surf, do volunteer work with my boyfriend, and jam with my friends. Unfortunately for my bank account, I am also a huge foodie! I tutor Hawaiian language, statistics, writing, and psychology. I will tutor until I graduate from HPU next year!

  • Kylie (Communication Studies)
    Aloha, my name is Kylie and I was born and raised on Kauai, Hawaii. I am majoring in Communication Studies and have a minor in Writing. In my free time, I enjoy reading, surfing, and being outdoors. One fun fact about me is that I never know what to say when I am asked for a fun fact about myself, but my recent go-to answer has been that I am an identical twin. I look forward to working with you on your writing assignments!

  • Sasha (MA - TESOL)
    My name is Sasha and I am currently a writing mentor and tutor here at CAS! I have my BA in English and I am currently a MA TESOL candidate here at HPU! I specialize in academic writing styles, multiple citation styles, and ESL/EFL learner needs! If you have any ADA accommodations, I am also well versed in adjusting the session to better suit your needs! I look forward to working with you soon! Mahalo!