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ASC: Supports for Students - Tutoring

Contact Us

If you have questions about our tutoring supports or would prefer to communicate with us via email, please send an email to tutoring@rrc.ca

Meet our Admin Team

Dayna Graham - Adult Learning Facilitator 

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Dayna Graham is an Adult Learning Facilitator primarily at the Exchange District campus. Dayna’s education degree, EAL certificate, and 15 years in the field of education, combined with a lifetime commitment to sport, has driven her to seek out practices which elevate students’ learning and academic performance. Dayna has a hand in administering several student supports at the ASC, including academic coaching, tutoring, student success workshops, group review workshops, support for incoming students, and partnerships with various programs across River College Polytechnic.

Chris Harder - Tutoring Supervisor

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Hi! I have been with the Academic Success Center since June 2015 where I tutored students in EAL and facilitated workshops on a variety of topics related to English language and academic skills. Prior to joining Red River College Polytechnic I worked as an EAL instructor, program coordinator and Business English coach in South Korea for over ten years.

I am passionate about teaching and will always do my best to help my students achieve their personal language goals. If you are feeling that your language skills are holding you back from academic success, I would be happy to work with you to develop the strategies and skills required to overcome these challenges!

Melissa Coyle - Academic Support Coordinator

Hello! My name is Melissa Coyle and I am the Academic Support Coordinator at the Academic Success Centre. 

Working between both campuses, I am responsible for the organization and implementation of tutoring services including individual/group tutoring, group review workshops, academic coaching, and in-class workshops. I help connect students with the best tutor/coach for their needs and share information about our fantastic supports with students, staff, and faculty. I also work with our staff and peer tutors to ensure their schedules are up-to-date and available to students both online and on campus.

Before joining the ASC team, I completed my BFA, B. Ed, and TEAL certification at the University of Manitoba and worked as a teacher for two years. I have over six years of experience supporting adults of diverse needs in our community and I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals.

If you require support in your studies, I invite you to access the ASC's many free in-person and online supports that are available to you. I look forwarding to meeting you and wish you all the best with your studies!

Meet Our Staff Tutors

Lena Bender

Picture of Lena BenderLena Bender joined the Academic Success Centre as a Nursing/Science tutor and Academic Coach in 2018 and is thrilled to be here!

With a BA and a background in Kinesiology, Lena has over 13 years of experience in Medical Education and private tutoring, in both French and English. She supports students in Nursing and Applied Health/ Sciences programs. Her special interest is Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Lena loves teaching, and enjoys watching her students succeed. She recognizes that each student has their own unique learning style, and works to create an environment tailored to each student’s strengths and interests.

Michael Kozakewich

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Since 2011, Michael has been tutoring the Business IT program and other computer-related areas at the Exchange District Campus. He graduated from River College Polytechnic in 2007 as a Computer Programmer and Analyst.

He’s passionate about how information systems work: “I spend a lot of time exploring computers and their software. The ways in which we design user experiences in modern operating systems are finally making computing accessible to everyone. Thinking carefully about these systems is the key to making them relatable and easy to work with.” He likes to promote humane coding and thoughtful design when he engages students with their coursework.

Michael’s favourite thing about tutoring is that he can explore the beauty and expressiveness of all the different programming languages. Even though they look similar on the surface, each language has its own inner workings and they each excel at different tasks. There are often too many details to distinguish in a single semester, so the deeper complexity is glossed over during regular study. When needed, he’ll draw up sample material to explain weird concepts found in students’ courses.

Connie LaBossiere-Gervais 

Picture of Connie LaBossiere-GervaisI am the deaf mother of five kids. I grew up in a rural town, Treherne. Trust me I am very patient, have a sense of humor, and a natural. I am so honoured for the opportunity to work with students at Red River College Polytechnic. For over 2 years, I have had numerous experiences tutoring students in American Sign Language anywhere from 2 hours to 10 hours per week. I drive to Winnipeg to fit all students’ time on the same day to make it worth my trip. I love helping the students learn ASL while developing confidence in their skills.

In the past, I did set up a “Communication Skills” Workshop in my hometown to explain how to deal with a deaf person in the small community.  And I did another one called “Learn American Sign Language with Crafts” for 2 years with kids. The kids kept saying they had good memories and enjoyed it.  At ASL Immersion I did teach sometimes and enjoyed meeting many new people!

I enjoy cooking, camping, sports, travelling and doing creative projects. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends. 

Gregory Litschke 

Picture of Gregory Litschke My name is Gregory Litschke and I am an River College Polytechnic alumni and staff tutor since 2015. I graduated from the 2014-2015 Primary Care Paramedicine program with honours. After graduation I was asked to return to the college as a staff tutor. I am also currently employed full time as a paramedic by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, and in my downtime I am working towards my Bachelor's of Health Science Degree.

I am familiar with all of the courses offered in the Primary Care Paramedic program including the pre-requisites such as Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology. 

I like to use practical examples and my daily work experiences as a paramedic to help reinforce the explanation of difficult concepts. I like to employ a student led approach to tutoring, in which I get students to explain to me what they know/don't know about a given topic before adding my own input and advice. I also tend to ask a lot of questions while discussing course material in an attempt to get students to think critically about the material they are learning. I appreciate seeing hard work and dedication from students and will always make time to help them see the fruits of their labour as they achieve their academic goals.

Jordn-Micheal McCarthy

Picture of Jordn-Micheal McCarthyHi, I’m Jordn-Micheal! I’m a recent graduate of the International Business programme, with a professional background in finance and accounting. I’m an experienced peer tutor from my undergraduate days in university and assisted my fellow peers during my tenure in 2018-2019 with International Finance and Accounting.  Having been exposed to a variety of international students, there’s one underlying principle that shines through.

Once the material is presented in your “language” and made relatable to a situation that you understand, it becomes easier to absorb and apply. I look forward to helping you develop strategies to translate the confusing and mundane into your language to make your time at Red River a little easier.

Suzanne Mouflier

Picture of Suzanne MouflierSuzanne has been with us since 2010. She is proficient in several Red River College Polytechnic programs and academic content areas such as ECE, ESL, Social Sciences, Writing & Biology.

“I truly enjoy working one on one with adult students and getting to know them. I am very interested in different cultures and love learning about them. I also appreciate learning about how difficulties affect people and how I can facilitate their moving forward in their chosen area of work. When I tutor, I always encourage ESL students in particular to listen to English as often as possible and to read to improve their communication and writing skills. Degrees that have helped me are: Special Education & TESL I’m interested in art, especially pottery & I really like learning Spanish.

Weichen Ni

Picture of Weichen NiHello everyone, my name is Weichen Ni. I am a staff tutor who’s major in Business Administration. I mainly tutor Financial Accounting, Business Math, Statistic, Intermediate Accounting and Cost Accounting.

I have three years of tutoring experience at Red River College Polytechnic, starting from a peer tutor while I was a student. After graduation, I wish to support students to achieve their academic goal by using my knowledge and skills that I have attained at Red River College Polytechnic.

I am really enjoying the process of tutoring, if you are looking for a highly approachable and entertaining teaching style, then join with me!

Mike Okrainec

Picture of Mike OkrainecHi.  I am Mike Okrainec, and I have been with the college for 5 years, first as a staff tutor, later adding Academic Coach and Academic Attendant to my duties. Prior to that, I worked for over a decade with adult learners at adult learning centres and with Workplace Education Manitoba. Before that time, I taught in public schools in northern Manitoba and Nunavut. My specialty tutoring area is pre-trades math.

My favourite part of any tutoring session is seeing students go from "stuck" to "unstuck", and watching their confidence grow with each passing day.

Michael Reimer

Picture of Mike ReimerI have been a staff tutor at Red River College Polytechnic since 1998. Recently I have expanded into making tutoring videos for the Wiseguys series.

My specialties are Business Math, Financial Accounting I, Financial Accounting II and Statistics.

Good luck with your studies!

Cody Rogers

Picture of Cody RogersHi, my name is Cody, and I’m a new academic coach at the Academic Success Centre. My background is in applied psychology and am currently working towards a Master’s in Sports psychology.

As a writing tutor for the ASC, my strengths are in helping students brainstorm, structure and start the writing process. In my opinion, the hardest part of writing a paper is not writing. Sitting down to a blank page trying to start a term paper is intimidating and stressful. We can sit down, brainstorm and organize your thoughts into a way that best tells the story that you want to share. I also help students edit their papers. Word choice, grammar and phrasing takes practice, and I’m always happy to sit down and help!

Kyle Schewe 

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Students are here to learn, and I believe all students are capable of not only being competent learners, but excited learners.

We sometimes need to make fun of the content, the dryness of it, and work on learning approaches that helps our brain learn the material more quickly and effectively. Humour can help a lot of people in this --- a bad joke here, a terrible pun there, and all of a sudden the student is much more focused on course material in hopes it will stop me! But it really is not about making learning fun, it is about making the experience human, and not trying to do something that is devoid of our own experiences and ways of accomplishes things. Finding energy when you have none, setting up schedule times to study, and removing distractions when you are working is what you want to be doing, but you want to do it your way.

Whether in tutoring or coaching, finding the path the works for every student is always my goal, and I am happy to be wrong if a better option is found for learning. And in the end I want everyone one of my students to be excited learners, to want them to expand their knowledge and enjoy the process of learning itself along the way to passing their courses!

Nick Schroeder 

Picture of Nick SchroederHi, my name is Nick Schroeder and I am an Academic Support Specialist at the Academic Success Centre where I specialize in academic writing and communication. I have been helping students improve their academic writing skills since 2014 and find my new home at the Red River College Polytechnic Academic Success Centre as of 2020.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. My background is in applied and professional ethics, specifically in the field of bioethics.

I have worked with students in many areas of post-secondary education including English, History, Economics, Nursing, Labour Studies, Philosophy, Medicine, and Engineering.

As an Academic Support Specialist, my priority is to improve students’ academic writing and communication skills by expanding their own academic self-confidence. I apply a developmental and collaborative approach to tutoring by working together with the student to identify and advance their academic capabilities. My proudest moments in Academic Support have come from watching students surpass their own academic expectations by improving writing skills, passing difficult classes, and winning awards!

Scott Shabaga

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Hi, my name is Scott and I have enjoyed tutoring at Red River College Polytechnic since 2013.  I primarily tutor math for trades and have worked with students from many programs including Electrical, Carpentry, HVAC, Plumbing, Gas Fitting and more. I specialize in Electrical with a focus on math, DC and AC circuits, 3 Phase power, control systems and electronics.  I also tutor EET students in math and DC and AC circuit theory.

I love working with the students at River College Polytechnic and having the opportunity to help others learn and grow in both ability and confidence.  Knowledge is power!

I am a graduate of the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program at Red River College Polytechnic with a professional background in building control systems.  Working with many different trades people and engineers in the construction industry has given me valuable insight into and experience with the various challenges and opportunities awaiting trades and technology students at Red River College Polytechnic.

Alex Shatokhin

Picture of Alex ShatokhinHi! I joined Red River College Polytechnic in early 2019 to help students achieve their goals in Science and Business courses. I hold a BSc in Mathematics and graduated with a BBA in Accounting to pursue a career in Accounting/Finance. I plan to start SPA PEP in September, 2021. I am passionate about learning and try to learn something new every day. 

If you need help with science, math, physics, statistics, or any Business/Accounting/Finance course that Red River College Polytechnic has to offer, please do not hesitate to book a session with me. Looking forward to working with you!

Ariy Shilshtut

Picture of Ariy ShilshtutI have a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Education. I have over 30 years of experience in teaching and tutoring different math and statistics courses.

Since 2010 I have been working as a tutor of Academic Success Centre. I am a tutor for all math and statistics courses.

Charanjit Singh

Picture of Charanjit SinghThe one thing I enjoy more than Accounting and Stats is helping others understand the course material more fully. I am a recent grad from the Business Administration program and moved right into being a staff tutor. I primarily tutor in Business Admin, Applied Accounting and BIT.

My favorite thing about tutoring occurs in my Math and Accounting workshops – when I see a student or a group of students work together to find their own way to the solution. Being a recent graduate, I try to relate with the difficulties students face, and provide them with the guidance needed to move forward and succeed in achieving their goals. I encourage our students to study in small groups when it comes to solving complex problems because through team-work students find different ways in finding the solution.

My interests are varied and include travelling, sports and language learning.

Naomi Warkentin

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Hello! I am thrilled to be part of the staff at the Academic Success Centre as an academic coach and staff tutor. I began my teaching career as a high school math teacher, followed by years of learning about people through running a home day care, and now working with students at Red River College Polytechnic.

Through all these years, I have been privileged to tutor a number of students, in math and in general studying strategies. In all of my experiences with schools and academics, I have come to realize that my favourite and most fulfilling moments have come in my tutoring roles. I love to be able to provide an alternate way of looking at concepts and to be able to truly listen to a student’s struggles and questions.

I look forward to helping students make studying, math, and school work manageable and rewarding. This job could only get better done on a picnic table by a campfire!