Peer Tutors and Exam Prep Facilitators

Peer Tutor Program

Do you need help understanding your first-year course content?

Not to worry! The Department of Management offers a free service for first-year students to participate in a Peer Tutor Program to help you with your core courses. Start early to build smart study skills and make new friends in the upper year.

Request a Peer Tutor

 

Currently, we are seeking peer tutors and tutees for the following courses:
 

MATA32  

Calculus for Management I

MATA33

Calculus for Management II

MGTA35

Management Communications

MGTA36

Management Communications for Co-op

MGAB01

Introductory Financial Accounting I

MGAB02

Introductory Financial Accounting II

MGEA02

Introduction to Microeconomics: A Mathematical Approach

MGEA06

Introduction to Macroeconomics: A Mathematical Approach

Format

  • An upper-year student will spend one-on-one time with you to help you understand your challenges in a specific course. This is an addition to TAs and faculty support who are also available to answer your questions and help yo succeed.
  • You meet weekly for one hour for a minimum of three weeks for each course that you need help with, and you can extend this weekly support for the length of the entire course. 
  • You can also join exam prep sessions that are hosted for both midterms and final exams!

 

Key Dates

  •  Apply early to get matched to a peer tutor. You can apply every semester, two weeks after the first day of each semester and even after your midterms. 

 

Additional Resources

There is more help available! All students can access the Math and Statistics Support Centre at U of T Scarborough.

Launch Math and Stats Support

 

Meet Your Fall 2020 Peer Tutors
 

Twinkle MistryTwinkle Mistry
Management Co-op, Marketing Specialist

Why did you become a peer tutor?

I became a peer tutor because I know how great it is to have someone you can express your silliest doubts to, and get personalized help as and when you need it. Being a first-year student and transitioning into University is hard, so if I can help make that transition easier in any way or help a student score better in a subject they're struggling with, I would love the opportunity to do so.

What valuable study tip can you give first-year students?

One valuable study tip I can give first years is just to not procrastinate. This very simple yet very hard-to-follow advice comes in handy when you realize that small bits of tasks that you could do earlier have piled on to become one large pending to-do list when it's already too late! It is best to keep up with classes and finish the work on the day of, because being recent high-school graduates, we think it will all be the same and we can finish everything at the last moment. But—and trust me on this one—you never can.

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

A fun hobby I have, like any other millennial, would be binge-watching. I love watching series and can go on and on discussing Friends, or The Office (and how it's not better than the former!), or Suits, to name a few.
 


Haochen Song

Haochen Song
Management Co-op, IT Specialist

Why did you become a peer tutor?

I want to help the juniors as much as I can, just as the people who once helped me.

What is your most memorable experience as a peer tutor/exam prep facilitator?

After several hard-working days for an exam with my tutee, the moment when we witnessed his progress and he said "love you man!"

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

My hobbies include fitness and reading.
 


Leah Zandberg

Leah Zandberg
Management Co-op, Finance Specialist

Why did you become a peer tutor?

Mostly because I missed calculus but also because I enjoy teaching/tutoring and seeing students’ faces when they finally understand something they’ve been struggling with.

What valuable study tip can you give first-year students?

Avoid cramming at all costs. Instead, plan to focus on one chapter/section per day and review the material you’ve already studied. This way, it’ll all be in your long-term memory and will be a lot easier to recall on the exam.

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

Once when I was about 10, I was so tired at Girl Guide Camp that I fell asleep half-lying against what I believe was a pile of canvas and propane bottles while we were watching Finding Nemo.
 


Shuzhen Chen

Shuzhen Chen
Management Co-op, Accounting Specialist

Why did you become a peer tutor?

It took me some effort to adapt the new environment at University in my first year. I hope the incoming first-year students can receive the supports that they need, and put in more effort to enjoy the campus life at U of T.

What valuable study tip can you give first-year students?

Always preview the study materials before lectures. Always try solving the problems before asking. Never be shy approaching to professors and TAs to ask questions!

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

I enjoy dragon-boat racing and going to the gym.
 


Mengpan Liu

Mengpan Liu
Management, Accounting Specialist

Why did you become a peer tutor?

When I was in my first year at UTSC, I found that the model of teaching in university was immensely different from that in high school. In university, it seemed to be “easy” because, generally, there were one- or two-hour courses per week, but we actually needed to spend a lot of time previewing, reviewing, and practicing. I really benefitted from one senior student who helped me with unfamiliar subjects. Now I would like to help my tutees in return.

What is your most memorable experience as a peer tutor?

In two of my peer-tutor experiences, my mentees were both struggling with accounting courses. To be honest, even as an accounting specialist, I still found that it was hard to explain the structure of accounting to first-years because they knew little about it before. Therefore, I made a handout for my tutees, and at the beginning of each semester, I would explain each point on the handout at the start of our tutorials. After they got the concept, I would feel so satisfied!

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

I really love binge-watching in my spare time, and sometimes I will play games such as PUBG Mobile.
 


Farah Ghafoor

Farah Ghafoor
Management Co-op, Accounting Specialist

Why did you become a peer tutor?

To help first-year student with their transition into university!

What valuable study tip can you give first-year students?

Study early to keep up with your classes. It’s really easy to fall behind, especially in online courses.

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

One of my favourite hobbies is writing.
 


Ahmed Elkady

Ahmed Elkady
Management, Information Technology (IT) Specialist

Why did you become a peer tutor?

I know the hardships that a first-year student faces. If it wasn't for the support I got from the university and my friends and family, I would not have made it through first year. Now I would like to give that support back to others so they have an easier time with their first year.

What valuable study tip can you give first-year students?

Read ahead. Even half a chapter ahead would suffice.

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

My favourite hobby is video games.
 


Wendy Song

Wendy Song
Management, Finance Specialist

Why did you become a peer tutor?

I joined the Management peer tutor program in my second year of study. I was trying to engage myself in different extracurricular activities when I saw the poster of this program on the wall of the IC building, so I joined in!

What valuable study tip can you give first-year students?

Taking notes is important. Your notes don't have to look very nice and neat, but the important thing is that you should understand your own notes and use them to review for exams.

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

I am a foodie, I LOVE food and enjoy cooking. I have an Instagram account with more than 700 posts about food.
 


Yanqing Wu

Yanqing Wu
Management, Finance Specialist (Economics Minor)

Why did you become a peer tutor?

I wanted to become a peer tutor because I have received a lot of help from my friends and senior students. I want to help first years fit in with the new environment and reach their goals.

What valuable study tip can you give first-year students?

Don't be shy. If you have questions, ask professors or friends until you get it. It is not an embarrassment, and professors always welcome your questions. You will get a much better grade if you make good use of office hours. Leverage the resources available within the university!

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

I like animals, especially dogs and cats. I always watch animal videos online!
 


Weixin Xiong

Weixin Xiong
Management, Economics Specialist

Why did you become a peer tutor?

I really want to share my study tips with others. I also want to gain experience tutoring because I hope to be a TA to help more students.

What valuable study tip can you give first-year students?

In first year, the most important part is to practice and reinforce the basics instead of trying to solve those hard questions. As long as you grasp the basic knowledge, you can use it easily under any circumstance. I think first-year concepts are the most important part in university because your further study will require that knowledge.

Tell us one thing about you: Fun fact, hobbies, or pet peeve?

I am quite interested in music. Playing the piano and singing are my hobbies. Choosing a song I like then playing it on my own is enjoyable.