Our Tutors

Tutors are listed according to faculties in which they have a disciplinary background, either through current or previous programmes of study.

ARTS

Tutor name: Liz CHAN
Major/Field of study: Literary Studies/ Law
Current program of study: BA & LLB
I am currently a Year 4 BA&LLB student in the University of Hong Kong. My interests lie in reading and writing, and I have obtained a good breadth of literary knowledge over my years of studies. In secondary school, I studied English Literature, Geography and Biology as my interests are not limited to one field of study. I am confident in my language skills, and I aim to be a great listener who is quick to grasp onto different concepts and ideas.

 

Tutor name: Nicole CHAN
Major/Field of study: Law
Current program of study: PCLL
Previously earned degrees: BA (Literary Studies) and LLB
To me, writing is one of the best ways to convey your ideas to others. My approach to peer tutoring is to help you to understand your writing and your thoughts as an engaged reader in an environment where you feel comfortable to talk about your concerns. I believe everyone has what it takes to become an effective writer. I enjoy reading essays on topics across disciplines, as well as general chats about ways to improve your writing.

I can’t wait to read what you’ve written!

 

Tutor name: Harold CHEUNG
Major/Field of study: Politics and Public Administration; History
Current program of study: BA
I am currently doing a double-major in Political Science and History. Setting my academic life aside, I am also a hobbyist of literature and other fields of social science. Students of all majors are welcome to book a consultation session with me!

 

Tutor name: Genki CHIU
Major/Field of study: Major in English Studies; Minor in Comparative Literature
Current program of study: BA
I enjoy reading and writing about a range of literature, with Milton’s epics and the Brontë sisters’ novels being my favorites. Over the past three years of film studies, I have also become interested in exploring different cinemas and the socio-cultural discourses they contribute to. Outside of academic pursuits, I experiment with creative writings such as short stories and poems, and I have worked on a few freelance translation assignments. The English language has helped me assert my voice and enrich my thinking, and I hope to help those who visit the Writing Centre do the same.

 

Tutor name: Scott DALY
Major/Field of study: Sociolinguistics and critical discourse studies
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA (Hons) English

MA Creative Writing

MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL

I have taught English for Academic Purposes for seven years in total, at universities in Korea and Qatar. I am now doing my PhD with the School of English, and I am sure I can help you to fine-tune your academic writing. I look forward to reading your work.

 

Tutor name: Gloria DOU
Major/Field of study: Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA (Hons) English Studies
MA Linguistics
I am a first-year PhD student in the School of English working on multimodal discourse in social media. I am also very interested in second-language acquisition, bilingualism, and psycholinguistics. I have worked as a research assistant in Hong Kong, Beijing and USA, and I am keen to help you improve your writing!

 

Tutor name: Sinead KWOK
Major/Field of study: Language and Communication
Current program of study: MPhil
Previously earned degrees: BA (Hons)
Having worked as a final-year undergrad tutor for the CAES writing program before, I am now returning as a first-year MPhil student tutor. During my BA studies, I majored in Language and Communication (LCOM) and minored in Philosophy. My current research field is philosophy of language, and I am broadly interested in anything that has to do with linguistics, comparative literature, translation and philosophy. If you have any trouble writing or structuring a paper, don’t hesitate to find me!

 

Tutor name: Chak Keung LEE
Major/Field of study: Major in English Studies; minor in African Studies
Current program of study: BA
My primary goal is to draw from my experience of writing essays and reflective journals in university life to give constructive and succinct comments on your work. I also look forward to the connection we are going to make in the process. I enjoy listening to the stories of people from different walks of life, and I hope you find me to be a person you are comfortable talking to. Also, I do not hedge.

 

Tutor name: Sharon LEE
Major/Field of study: Linguistics and English Studies
Current program of study: MA in Linguistics
Previously earned degrees: BA in Linguistics and English Studies (HKU)
As a budding linguist, I am trained in the fields of grammar, sentence structure and logic. As a returning tutor from last school year, I am confident that with my experience and sensitivity toward logic and language use, I will be able to explain grammar concerns, and teach you essential writing skills for improvements over the long run, no matter what level you’re starting from!

 

Tutor name: Gigi LEUNG
Major/Field of study: English Studies & Fine Arts
Current program of study: BA
I am currently a final year student majoring in English Studies and Fine Arts. I enjoy reading very much—The Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes, and anything by Virginia Woolf are my all-time favourites. Reading up on facts and concepts in other disciplines, ranging from anthropology to astronomy (as far as I can understand them!), interests me as well. No matter which faculty you are in, you are more than welcome to drop by and discuss your writing with me.

 

Tutor name: Athena MAN
Major/Field of study: English Studies & Politics and Public Administration (PPA)
Current program of study: BA
As a double-major in English Studies (mainly focusing on literature) and PPA, writing has become part and parcel of my life and a craft that I’m fervently enthusiastic about. Whether you need help with your creative manuscripts or tactful business proposals, drop by to discuss and brainstorm your ideas with me, or to polish your draft to ace an assessment that matters. I can assure you that our consultations won’t be intimidating in any way, and that you will walk away with ever more flair on your paper.

I look forward to meeting the pithy author in you!

 

Tutor name: Jesse NG
Major/Field of study: English Studies and Fine Arts
Current program of study: BA
I am an experienced student writer who works part-time as an English tutor, art exhibition docent and creative writer. Over the years, I have taught English writing, scripted speeches for art events and written creative pieces both academically and professionally. From my major in English, secondary education and my interest in writing, I am adept at crafting writing that both suits the rubric and communicates eloquently. I have studied in Sydney and London, and I believe this international exposure has made me open to different voices.

 

Tutor name: Nicky RUNGE
Major/Field of study: Sociolinguistics and Critical Theory
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Literature
I am currently a PhD student at the School of English focusing on the convergence of language, art and technology. Besides my studies, I have worked as an editor and translator in France, Spain and the Netherlands. I am sure I can help you get your ideas on paper.

 

Tutor name: Martin SHAM
Major/Field of study: Education & Linguistics (Major); Japanese Language (Minor)
Current program of study: BA & BEd
I am a year 4 BA & BEd student majoring in Education and Linguistics. As I enjoy writing and teaching, I believe I am a passionate tutor who can guide you in improving your written work. In addition to my majors, my interests include biology, chemistry, and economics. I am happy to help you with your writing regardless of your discipline!

 

Tutor name: Niko TANG
Major/Field of study: Linguistics and Translation
Current program of study: BA
I am currently studying linguistics and translation, but I was a total science student back in my senior secondary years. I am addicted to asking ‘what do you mean?’ I am fascinated to see how language is used with much variety to express inspiring ideas. My experience will help you get your ideas out coherently and naturally. I am happy to read what you have written and what you are interested in!

 

Tutor name: Peter WINGROVE
Major/Field of study: Applied Linguistics
Current program of study: PhD Applied Linguistics
Previously earned degrees: BA English Literature and Philosophy

MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL

Peter was born in London, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield and his master’s degree at Durham University. He has taught English in China, Korea, and Japan. Now he is a PhD student with CAES. His research interests include corpus linguistics and academic English.

 

Tutor name: Oliver YUNG
Major/Field of study: Major in Language & Communication, Major in Psychology
Current program of study: BA
I am a final year undergraduate majoring in Language & Communication (LCOM) and Psychology. I am an avid reader and writer, and throughout my years in HKU I have been exposed to many different types of writing and sharpened my writing skills, so I hope I will be able to help you hone your writing skills as well!

 

BUSINESS

Tutor name: Khushboo JOGI
Major/Field of study: Economics and Finance
Current program of study: Bachelors in Economics and Finance
Hello! I’m Khushboo and I’m here to assist and guide you in improving your writing skills. As an undergraduate student, my specialties lie in creative writing, as well as academic writing such as reports, essays, and journals. Aside from my major, I am passionate about books, food, and learning different languages.

 

Tutor name: Zeerak KHURRAM
Major/Field of study: Journalism and Finance
Current program of study: BJ
I am a year 2 student studying Journalism and Finance. Ever since I was a child, I have had a passion for reading and writing. While I do read up on the economy and international relations, I am most interested in archaeology and comparative religion. Writing is a way in which I can express myself to the people around me. My professor once told me, ‘When writing, there is no such thing as a bad idea. It’s just faulty execution’. As a tutor, I hope to help you perfect your ability to convey your own ideas to the world.

 

CAES RESEARCH POSTGRADUATES

Tutor name: Chris KWAN
Major/Field of study: Arts
Current program of study: PhD in Applied English Studies
Previously earned degrees: MA in Language Studies; BEd (Hons) in English Language Education
Before beginning PhD studies at CAES, I accumulated years of experience as a secondary school teacher. I hold an MA in Language Studies (with Distinction) from Hong Kong Baptist University. During my master’s degree, I completed a dissertation on a genre-based study examining teacher educators’ written lesson observation feedback. In recent years, I have published research articles and presented papers at international conferences. At CAES, I am researching in the areas of discourse analysis, pragmatics, and English language teaching at the tertiary level.

 

Tutor name: Vivian KWAN
Major/Field of study: Applied Linguistics
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA in English Studies

MA in Applied Linguistics

Vivian is currently a PhD candidate in the Centre for Applied English Studies, majoring in Applied Linguistics. Her research project is about the acquisition of English academic writing in the discipline of Language Education. Vivian has previously taught English for Academic Purposes courses at CAES and other tertiary institutions.

 

Tutor name: Peter WINGROVE
Major/Field of study: Applied Linguistics
Current program of study: PhD Applied Linguistics
Previously earned degrees: BA English Literature and Philosophy

MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL

Peter was born in London, completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield and his master’s degree at Durham University. He has taught English in China, Korea, and Japan. Now he is a PhD student with CAES. His research interests include corpus linguistics and academic English.

 

Tutor name: Greg WU
Major/Field of study: Applied Linguistics
Current program of study: Ph.D. (Centre for Applied English Studies)
Previously earned degrees: BA, MA
Before joining CAES, Greg was a certified lecturer of English in Taiwan for over a decade, mainly hosting training programs in the public and private sectors and teaching TESOL courses, such as second language acquisition and pedagogical grammar. His research interests are English for academic and specific purposes. He is also interested in language teacher development, ESP, and interdisciplinary teaching.

 

Tutor name: Olivia ZHANG
Major/Field of study: Applied Linguistics
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA Japanese; MEd TESOL; MSc Educational Research
Olivia is interested in researching and teaching academic writing. Her research is concerned with postgraduate students’ interactions with supervisors, their use of feedback to modify academic writing/research, and their scholarly development. She believes that academic communication about writing helps students learn about the positioning and development of the self within and beyond writing.

Dentistry

Tutor name: Divesh SARDANA
Major/Field of study: Dentistry
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BDS, MDS (Paediatric Dentistry), MBA (Healthcare Administration)
Professionally, I am a Paediatric Dentist and I am currently at The University of Hong Kong for my PhD. I have trained at Manipal University, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, the Post-graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). I have many research publications in international journals, and I also serve as a peer reviewer of some well-reputed medical and dental journals. I believe that a teacher not only teaches you, but also guides you beyond the walls of the classroom, and this is what I hope to achieve as a peer tutor in the Writing Centre.

EDUCATION

Tutor name: Gabrielle CHOI
Major/Field of study: Education and Chemistry
Current program of study: BEd & BSc
I am a final year education student, and I have peer tutoring experience. I love reading and writing, and I have a strong interest in creative and scientific writing.

 

In my work at an American summer camp over multiple sessions, I have found successful communication of ideas across perspectives and cultures exhilarating. I am a good listener and want to help you achieve your writing goals, so I hope we can have great discussions about your written work.

 

Tutor name: Chris KWAN
Major/Field of study: Arts
Current program of study: PhD in Applied English Studies
Previously earned degrees: MA in Language Studies; BEd (Hons) in English Language Education
Before beginning PhD studies at CAES, I accumulated years of experience as a secondary school teacher. I hold an MA in Language Studies (with Distinction) from Hong Kong Baptist University. During my master’s degree, I completed a dissertation on a genre-based study examining teacher educators’ written lesson observation feedback. In recent years, I have published research articles and presented papers at international conferences. At CAES, I am researching in the areas of discourse analysis, pragmatics, and English language teaching at the tertiary level.

 

Tutor name: Martin SHAM
Major/Field of study: Education & Linguistics (Major); Japanese Language (Minor)
Current program of study: BA & BEd
I am a year 4 BA & BEd student majoring in Education and Linguistics. As I enjoy writing and teaching, I believe I am a passionate tutor who can guide you in improving your written work. In addition to my majors, my interests include biology, chemistry, and economics. I am happy to help you with your writing regardless of your discipline!

 

Tutor name: Olivia ZHANG
Major/Field of study: Applied Linguistics
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA Japanese; MEd TESOL; MSc Educational Research
Olivia is interested in researching and teaching academic writing. Her research is concerned with postgraduate students’ interactions with supervisors, their use of feedback to modify academic writing/research, and their scholarly development. She believes that academic communication about writing helps students learn about the positioning and development of the self within and beyond writing.

 

LAW

Tutor name: Liz CHAN
Major/Field of study: Literary Studies/ Law
Current program of study: BA & LLB
I am currently a Year 4 BA&LLB student in the University of Hong Kong. My interests lie in reading and writing, and I have obtained a good breadth of literary knowledge over my years of studies. In secondary school, I studied English Literature, Geography and Biology as my interests are not limited to one field of study. I am confident in my language skills, and I aim to be a great listener who is quick to grasp onto different concepts and ideas.

 

Tutor name: Nicole CHAN
Major/Field of study: Law
Current program of study: PCLL
Previously earned degrees: BA (Literary Studies) and LLB
To me, writing is one of the best ways to convey your ideas to others. My approach to peer tutoring is to help you to understand your writing and your thoughts as an engaged reader in an environment where you feel comfortable to talk about your concerns. I believe everyone has what it takes to become an effective writer. I enjoy reading essays on topics across disciplines, as well as general chats about ways to improve your writing.

I can’t wait to read what you’ve written!

 

Tutor name: Yukiko KOBAYASHI LUI
Major/Field of study: Law
Current program of study: LLM
Previously earned degrees: BA
My experience working as an editor, sub-editor and columnist for various student-run newspapers, magazines and law journals has taught me to be detail-oriented and given me a deep understanding of the mechanics of good writing. Currently, my interests are family law and gender issues in the law, which means I have acquired a working familiarity with topics in political philosophy, sociology and feminist theory, but I am happy to work with you on anything!

MEDICINE

Tutor name: Edward KO
Major/Field of study: Medicine
Current program of study: MBBS
I have experience teaching a range of subjects to high school students, especially Chinese, English, Mathematics and Biology. I really enjoy engaging with students from different academic backgrounds. As a peer tutor, my goal is to build a connection with you while solving any academic problems that we encounter. Feel free to express any concerns, doubts, or difficulties with me. We can definitely work out the best solution together.

 

Tutor name: Jurgen van LUNENBERG
Major/Field of study: Medical Physics
Current program of study: MPhil Diagnostic Radiology
Previously earned degrees: Bsc. Medical Natural Sciences
I am Dutch and British, and I came to Hong Kong from Amsterdam. In my four years in Hong Kong, I have gained a lot of experience as a research assistant. I like nerdy things, but I also try to visit the gym at least once a week.

 SCIENCE

Tutor name: Rebekah BUTLER
Major/Field of study: Biological Sciences
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BSc Biology, MSc Conservation and Biodiversity
Originally from Wales, UK, I emigrated to Hong Kong nearly 3 years ago to complete a PhD in marine biology. Although my background is focused in the natural sciences, achieving a BSc in Biology and MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity, I take pleasure in reading a range of academic materials and enjoy reading fiction in my spare time. 6 years of academic study has allowed me to develop my English writing skills and I look forward to sharing these skills with you.

 

Tutor name: Gabrielle CHOI
Major/Field of study: Education and Chemistry
Current program of study: BEd & BSc
I am a final year education student, and I have peer tutoring experience. I love reading and writing, and I have a strong interest in creative and scientific writing.

In my work at an American summer camp over multiple sessions, I have found successful communication of ideas across perspectives and cultures exhilarating. I am a good listener and want to help you achieve your writing goals, so I hope we can have great discussions about your written work.

 

Tutor name: John DOHERTY
Major/Field of study: Geochemistry and Oceanography
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA Political Theory, MS Environmental Science

 

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences working in the fields of geochemistry and oceanography. Before moving to Hong Kong, I lived in the US where I earned degrees in Political Theory (BA) and Environmental Science (MS). I am also deeply passionate about the science-policy interface, particularly with regard to climate policy and environmental conservation. Regardless of your background and level of English, I am happy to help you become a better writer.

 

Tutor name: Jake DYTNERSKI
Major/Field of study: Marine Ecology/Biological Sciences
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BS – Honours in Marine Biology
Hey! I’m Jake, a 3rd year PhD Candidate in Marine Ecology here at HKU. I’m originally from Canada, but have spent the better part of a decade travelling around the world before coming back to academia. When I’m not underwater diving for fieldwork, I like to spend time reading – anything from adventure travel to classical English literature to wine history – and writing creative non-fiction. I’m happy to help you achieve your writing goals, so book an appointment with me!

 

Tutor name: Kevin GEOGHEGAN
Major/Field of study: Marine Biology
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BSc
I came to Hong Kong from Ireland in 2017 to further my studies in science; specifically, a PhD in marine biology. Before my life in science, I worked as a draughtsman (drawing buildings) for 10 years. For my undergraduate degree I studied botany; oceanography; sedimentology; palaeontology and zoology. In my spare time I like to read. I`ve read everything from literary classics and sci-fi, to books on history and psychology. I was a tutor for this programme last semester; therefore, I have experience helping students from many academic backgrounds and levels. I`m happy to help you no matter what your academic writing needs.

 

Tutor name: Elspeth WILMAN
Major/Field of study: Ecology
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA&Sc, MEM, MF
I am currently a PhD candidate in the School of Biological Sciences where I study mammal conservation in tropical forests. Before coming to Hong Kong I earned Masters degrees in Environmental Management and Forestry from Duke University. I received a B.A.&Sc. in Environment, meaning I studied environmental issues from both scientific and social science perspectives. I’ve previously worked as a scientific editor for non-native English speakers and have a lot of experience with writing and reading academic writing. I enjoy reading and writing in my spare time as well, and I look forward to learning many new things through reading your work.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Tutor name: Damon AITKEN
Major/Field of study: China Development Studies
Current program of study: MA
Previously earned degrees: BA in Economics
Hi, I’m Damon, a Masters student studying China Development Studies. I’m from the United States and I’ve lived in a few other countries as well. I have an undergraduate degree in economics from NYU and can particularly help you with any texts related to the social sciences, business, or technology. I also have a familiarity with statistics and econometrics. That being said, students studying other subjects are more than welcome to book a consultation with me. I look forward to reading your work!

 

Tutor name: Harold CHEUNG
Major/Field of study: Politics and Public Administration; History
Current program of study: BA
I am currently doing a double-major in Political Science and History. Setting my academic life aside, I am also a hobbyist of literature and other fields of social science. Students of all majors are welcome to book a consultation session with me!

 

Tutor name: John DOHERTY
Major/Field of study: Geochemistry and Oceanography
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA Political Theory, MS Environmental Science

 

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences working in the fields of geochemistry and oceanography. Before moving to Hong Kong, I lived in the US where I earned degrees in Political Theory (BA) and Environmental Science (MS). I am also deeply passionate about the science-policy interface, particularly with regard to climate policy and environmental conservation. Regardless of your background and level of English, I am happy to help you become a better writer.

 

Tutor name: Zeerak KHURRAM
Major/Field of study: Journalism and Finance
Current program of study: BJ
I am a year 2 student studying Journalism and Finance. Ever since I was a child, I have had a passion for reading and writing. While I do read up on the economy and international relations, I am most interested in archaeology and comparative religion. Writing is a way in which I can express myself to the people around me. My professor once told me, ‘When writing, there is no such thing as a bad idea. It’s just faulty execution’. As a tutor, I hope to help you perfect your ability to convey your own ideas to the world.

 

Tutor name: Athena MAN
Major/Field of study: English Studies & Politics and Public Administration (PPA)
Current program of study: BA
As a double-major in English Studies (mainly focusing on literature) and PPA, writing has become part and parcel of my life and a craft that I’m fervently enthusiastic about. Whether you need help with your creative manuscripts or tactful business proposals, drop by to discuss and brainstorm your ideas with me, or to polish your draft to ace an assessment that matters. I can assure you that our consultations won’t be intimidating in any way, and that you will walk away with ever more flair on your paper.

I look forward to meeting the pithy author in you!

 

Tutor name: Elspeth WILMAN
Major/Field of study: Ecology
Current program of study: PhD
Previously earned degrees: BA&Sc, MEM, MF
I am currently a PhD candidate in the School of Biological Sciences where I study mammal conservation in tropical forests. Before coming to Hong Kong I earned Masters degrees in Environmental Management and Forestry from Duke University. I received a B.A.&Sc. in Environment, meaning I studied environmental issues from both scientific and social science perspectives. I’ve previously worked as a scientific editor for non-native English speakers and have a lot of experience with writing and reading academic writing. I enjoy reading and writing in my spare time as well, and I look forward to learning many new things through reading your work.

 

Tutor name: Oliver YUNG
Major/Field of study: Major in Language & Communication, Major in Psychology
Current program of study: BA
I am a final year undergraduate majoring in Language & Communication (LCOM) and Psychology. I am an avid reader and writer, and throughout my years in HKU I have been exposed to many different types of writing and sharpened my writing skills, so I hope I will be able to help you hone your writing skills as well!