Annie – Writing, presentations & time management
My name’s Annie, and I'm a Learning Advisor in writing with a Bachelor of Arts; Grad Dip in Creative Arts; Postgrad Dip in Teaching, as well as a sadly unfinished masters thesis. Many years ago, here at VU, I lectured in theatre; however, these days, you’ll find me at writing drop-ins as well as running Academic Writing, Time Management and Great Presentations workshops.
Whatever the level of a student, be it foundation, first year or PHD, I relish supporting that student to advance their academic writing to the next level and I look forward to meeting and assisting you soon!
Doug – Wellbeing, presentations & time management
I'm Doug Tasic, AKA Dougtastic, and I joined Victoria University with an extensive career within Talent Acquisition and Training.
I am available to help students with Presentations and Communication Skills via drop ins, or you can catch me in one of my engaging workshops focusing on Wellbeing, Time Management and Great Presentations.
When I am not on the clock, you can find me in the park learning how to cartwheel, trying to find clothes for tall people or riding my bike to the point of exhaustion.
Grace – Writing, wellbeing, presentations & time management
Hello! I’m Grace, one of your Learning Advisors for Writing. In a past life, I worked in Student Success and Engagement where I coached online students to pursue learning goals, and collaborated with retention, wellbeing, and academic staff on the provision of outreach support.
I hold a BA (English Literature, History), a Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology, and I’m studying my Master’s (Social Work).
For me, the joy of being a Learning Advisor is seeing students take ownership of their learning and writing process, steadily develop their skills and confidence through practice.
Find me hosting Writing Drop-Ins and study Essentials for Academic Writing, Wellbeing, Time Management and Great Presentations.
Karen – Writing
Greetings! I’m Karen Sievewright, Learning Advisor in Writing.
I enjoy working with students to encourage them to enjoy the learning process, to feel motivated to deepen their understanding, and to believe in their ability. I have a keen interest in humanities, social sciences, social justice and environmental sustainability. For leisure I love getting lost in a good book and going to music festivals.
Currently I deliver several interactive workshops; I recommend Academic Writing for the development of foundational skills. I welcome all students to our Writing Drop-ins, it is an opportunity for you to hone in on specific, individual needs.
Lynette – Writing, wellbeing, presentations & time management
Hi! I’m Lyn, a Learning Advisor – Writing.
I joined the Learning Hub team in 2018, after seven years teaching Literature and Creative Writing in the College of Arts and Education at VU. I am passionate about supporting students to build the skills, confidence and curiosity to help them thrive at university and beyond.
You’ll find me running Writing Drop-in sessions and workshops in Academic Writing, Wellbeing, Great Presentations and Time Management. When on campus, you may also find me trying to perfect my backspin at the table tennis tables in Building P.
Nicholas – Writing
Hi, I’m Nick, Learning Advisor – Writing. I hold a BA in Communication (Writing and Cultural Studies), a GradCert in TESOL, a Grad Dip in Commerce and a Master of Social Science (Counselling specialisation).
Before commencing with VU in early 2018, I worked in various roles in the ELICOS and VET sectors, including English-language teaching and student welfare. Helping students to become more confident and independent is my goal as a Learning Advisor. I run workshops on Academic Writing, Presentation Skills, and Video Skills. When I’m not working or child wrangling (I have three daughters) I enjoy reading, watching movies and playing guitar (badly).
Sandy – Writing, time management, wellbeing
I’m Sandy, a Learning Advisor for academic writing. I have a masters degree in Global Diplomacy and am interested in statehood and indigenous sovereignty. I have been a passionate educator for a decade, and believe that education should be an opportunity for success and that mistakes are an opportunity to learn.
You’ll see me running Academic Writing, Time Management and Wellbeing workshops and in Academic Writing and Post-grad/HDR drop in sessions.
I am a baker and a maker, and my sweet cat Edna and I look forward to seeing you on Zoom!
Sharon – Writing
Hi, I'm Sharon and I'm a Writing Learning Advisor working in the Learning Hubs.
I am passionate about supporting students on their journey of life-long learning, and helping them improve their writing and other academic skills, whether they are struggling or just trying to do the best they possibly can. I run workshops on topics such as Academic Writing, Time Management, Wellbeing and Great Presentations, and am always keen to collaborate with academics to meet the needs of their students.
I have a background and PhD in scientific research and also studied psychology and Teaching English as Another Language.
Tahirih – Writing
My name is Tahirih, I am a Writing Learning Advisor committed to helping students with developing and strengthening their academic literacy skills. You will see me in the Academic Writing Drop-in sessions, running the Academic writing, Wellbeing or Time Management workshop, so don’t hesitate to reach out. My approach to education is to equip students with the required skill sets to become independent lifelong learners and valuable contributors to their communities.
I believe in empowering students to reach academic independence and excellence; I hope with my support and your commitment to your studies, I can help you realise your potential.
Vahede – Writing, presentations & time management
My name is Vahede Nosrati, and I'm a Learning Advisor at the VU Learning Hub team. My background is in Applied Linguistics (PhD), Teaching (MA), and English Literature (BA).
As a Learning Advisor I offer workshops, drop-ins, and advice on Academic Writing/Literacy, Online Learning, Time Management, and Presentation skills. My interests are in Cultural Studies, Communication and Research skills. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy helping students at all university stages to reach academic excellence. Prior to joining VU, I was an ELICOS/Program Support Teacher and Teaching Associate at Monash College and Monash University.