Cad Edward Dorsey Jr.

Languages: English

Subjects: History 7A (History of US to 1877), History 7B (History of the US Since 1865), English (Writing Assignments)

Spring 2023 Schedule: Tuesday 9am-1pm; Wednesday 1pm-2pm

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I was born and raised in the Bay Area around much diversity that would inspire me to major in History. I enjoy all aspects of History, although at times the truth could be difficult to hear. I believe we all deserve to be educated on matters even if there are no direct ties between the learner and the topic at hand. My goal is to do what makes me happy while continuing to better myself, leaving a positive impact on those around me. 

William Golovlev

Languages: English

Subjects: CIS 5 (Intro to Computer Science), CIS 6 (Intro to Computer Programming) CIS 20 (Microcomputer Assembly Language), CIS 25 (C++), CIS 27 (Data Structures & Algorithms), CIS 36 (JAVA), Math 3F (Differential Equations)

Spring 2023 Schedule: Friday 10am-12pm

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My major is Computer Science and I am an avid mountain biker. I love to be outdoors and stay active, but I also love learning about programming since I have to use my creativity. I can best help with Java, and know some C++. I am currently taking micro assembly language and data structures & algorithms, so I can expand my knowledge. If I don’t have an answer to your question I’m willing to help figure it out with you!

Eric Long

Languages: English

Subjects: Microbiology

Spring 2023 Schedule:  Monday 2pm-6pm, Friday 11am-2pm

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My name is Eric Long, and I am a recent graduate of UCSD. I am currently taking some prerequisite courses to apply to Optometry School. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. In my free time, I love going to the beach, hiking, and traveling. Some countries I have been to are Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Spain, France, Mexico, and Canada. One of my goals is to visit all the countries in the world. If you need any help with Microbiology, please feel free to reach out!

Freddie Ika

Languages: Tongan & English

Subjects: Psychology and English, specializing in MLA, APA, Chicago 17 & Turabian formats

Spring 2023 Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11am – 1pm

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My Name is Freddie Ika, and I will work in the Learning Center as a psychology tutor. I hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and a Minor in Psychology. Furthermore, I have a Master of Social Work (MSW) emphasis in clinical. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology with an emphasis in Performance. For this Fall 2022 semester, I will work closely with students who come into the learning center with writing assignments across all disciplines.

My Vo

Languages: English

Subjects: Biology 1 (General Biology) ASME 30 – Asian & Asian-Americans Through Film)

Spring 2023 Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 12p-2p, Friday 1pm-3pm

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My name is My Vo. I am fulfilling the prerequisite courses to transfer to the university. I want to major in Molecular Biology. I believe education is the key to changing our lives, and it’s challenging sometimes, I know! But, you know, you are not alone as you can always raise your voice to ask for help, what I have learned so far over the pandemic and the time moving and living here in the US. Together, let’s enjoy the journey of learning and discovering ourselves as well!

Professor Minyoung (Michelle) Lee

Subjects: Statistics

Spring 2023 Schedule: Friday 3pm-4pm

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Eve Aruguete

Subjects: Biology 20A, Bio 20B

Spring 2023 Schedule: Tuesday 11am-1pm, Wednesday 3pm-6pm

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Fear not, Eve is here to help you with your Biology and Physiology. Like many folks here at Merritt my focus is nursing. Nursing will be my second degree, my first degree was in fine arts. I ride an electric cargo bike and enjoy nature and animals. I know it seems hard sometimes, but I believe you can do it!  My goal is to help you gain confidence so that you ace exams and have a strong sense of accomplishment.

Professor Rebecca Uhlman

Subjects: Math

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    • Meeting ID: 926 7933 1279
    • Passcode: 2223

Professor Dan Lawson

Subjects: Math

Spring 2023 Schedule: Monday – Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm

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John Aidun

Subjects: Intro Statistics, Medical Terminology. I am also willing to tutor any courses in Math, Physics, or Geology.

Spring 2023 Schedule: Monday 1pm-3pm, Tuesday 11am-1pm, Wednesday 10am-12pm, Friday 10am-12pm

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I recently retired from a U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory where I managed Ph.D. researchers investigating new materials and material behaviors for batteries, other energy storage methods, and technologies for future computers with expanded capabilities. My interest now is to help citizens better understand the science and technology that effects our lives daily. My goal as a volunteer tutor at MCC is to help students improve their proficiency with the science and math taught in their courses. Based on my knowledge and experience, I am able to provide assistance in any of the MCC courses in Math, Physics, or Geology.

Kaitlyn Duffey

Subjects: Chemistry

Spring 2023 Schedule: Wednesday & Thursday 10am-1pm

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I taught CHEM 1A/1B and CHEM 30A at Merritt College for many years and am so excited to be back in the Learning Center. I love chemistry because it gives us a window into the invisible molecular connections that underlie everything in our world. I know that the subject can often seem dry and intimidating. My goal is to remove the anxiety factor so that you not only succeed in your class, but also see the beauty of chemistry and how it applies to your life. When I’m not tutoring I enjoy dancing, playing guitar (badly) and watercoloring.

Grace Bui

Subjects: English 1A

Spring 2023 Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 2pm-5pm, Friday 10am-12pm

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My name is Kim Ngoc Bui, feel free to address me by Grace. Currently, I am completing transfer prerequisites for the major of Biochemistry. I can communicate in English and Vietnamese (native).
I love watching dramas and listening to music. I teach myself Mandarin Chinese through C-dramas and shows, and I am interested in learning Thai and Korean as well. I find the journey of getting acquainted with languages and learning to utilize them an inspiring and intriguing one.
English 1A focuses on the foundational skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking at the college-level. It would be my pleasure to assist you via discussions and peer review sections!

Amber Collins

Languages: English

Subjects: Pre-Calculus, Calculus I-III, Linear Algebra, Chemistry 1A/B

Spring 2023 Schedule: Friday 10am-12:30pm

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Gisel Preciado

Languages: English

Subjects: English 264, 1A, ESOL, Spanish

Spring 2023 Schedule: Monday 1pm-4pm, Tuesday 1pm-3pm, Thursday 1pm-3pm

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Hello, my name is Gisel Preciado. I have been a tutor at Merritt Learning Center since fall 2021. Currently, I am a student at Merritt College planning on transferring to a 4 year institution to pursue a BSN, but take in-person classes at Berkeley City College as well. I am bilingual and speak English and Spanish.

Dana Rhodes, AKA Ms. Dana

Languages: English

Subjects: Writing Across the Curriculum

Spring 2023 Schedule: Monday 1pm-6pm, Tuesday – Thursday 3pm-6pm

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My name is Dana. While taking classes at Merritt and needing an income, I became a tutor at the Merritt College Learning Center (MCLC) in Spring 2016. After my 2018 graduation with my AA degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, I remain a tutor that understands the importance of support that most students need to successfully pass their courses. I am a certified tutor in English 1A and 5/Writing Across the Curriculum. I am also available to students in Comm 20, AFRAM 31, 30 and 12, Music 15, Psych1A and 12 and some COSER courses. I tutor students to make them feel encouraged to learn study skills that will help them to be successful in their college level courses.  

My schedule in the Learning Center is 1:00 pm to 6:00 Monday through Thursday for scheduled appointments and walk-ins. During these hours I am also available to students that join the Merritt Tutoring Center by clicking and clicking the orange bottom, “Join our Zoom Here” to meet with me. Students can schedule one-on-one or group study tutoring sessions during this time or they may also make appointments with me on the Appointlet link

Charlotte Milton

Languages: English

Subjects: English, Communications, Administrative Justice

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Jiamin (Meily) Sun

Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Subjects: CHDEV 50 (Principles & Practices), 51 (Child Growth & Development), 52 (Observation & Assessment), 53 (Child, Family, & The Community), 54B (Introduction to Curriculum)

Spring 2023 Schedule: Thursday 11am-1pm

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My name is Jiamin but you can call me Meily. I am currently studying Child Development at Merritt College. I speak Mandarin and Cantonese as well. and I’m planning to transfer to San Francisco State University in the 2022 Spring semester because the deadline to transfer for 2021 fall has passed. Hopefully, I can open my own preschool one day.

Elias Tadesse

Languages: English

Subjects: Communications 20 (Interpersonal Communications)

Spring 2023 Schedule: Wednesday 9am-1pm

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Xueyou Yang, AKA Yoyo

Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Subjects: CHDEV 50 (Principles & Practices), 51 (Child Growth & Development), 52 (Observation & Assessment), 53 (Child, Family, & The Community), 54B (Introduction to Curriculum), ASME 30 – Asian & Asian-Americans Through Film)

Spring 2023 Schedule: Friday 12pm-4pm

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My major is Child Development. I love to play with children, especially reading stories with them. Young children always have incredible questions. And I also love to prepare and make crafts with children because they are so creative. I come from southern China and speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. In my free time, I love cooking and baking. During the pandemic, I tried to make different dishes. Some are good, whereas some taste weird. It was fun.  And I also love to watch Japanese Anime, such as Natsume’s Book of Friends, Castle in the Sky, One Piece. It helps me release stress and calms me down. I would like to become a caring and inclusive preschool teacher in the future.

Yaa Owusu

Languages: English

Subjects: English

Spring 2023 Schedule: Wednesday 3pm-5pm

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Call me YaaYaa! I am a Nursing Major. I have a passion for helping and serving others, which is why I chose a major that will teach me and allow me to do so full-time. It is also why I wanted to become a tutor. I was born and raised in the East Bay Area, and my current hobbies are dancing and roller skating. I love being outdoors, as I greatly appreciate nature, and I love being around people. To my future tutees, I look forward to working with you! 

Alina Miller

Subjects: SAS LRNERE; (HLTED1 Exploring Health Issues, COUN30 Personal Growth & Development, COUN57 Career & Life Planning, BUS201 Business Communications, CIS1 Intro to CIS, COMM45 Public Speaking, ENGL1A English, M/LAT 35 Ethnic Studies Women of Color).
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Hi everyone! My name is Alina and I go by she/her pronouns. I was born and raised in East Oakland, and graduated from OUSD schools. Currently I am a Health Sciences major here at Merritt College, and am planning to go into OBGYN Sonography working on reproductive justice for my community!
I can’t wait to assist in your educational success!

Polly Jones

Subjects: LRNRE 211, LRNRE 261/561, LRNRE 272/572, LRNRE 280 and SAS Students.

Spring 2023 Schedule: Friday 10am-3pm

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Yuan Gao

Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Subjects: Pre-Calc, Calculus I, II

Spring 2023 Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 12p-2p

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I am an older, non-traditional student born and raised in Dalian of China, and moved to Guangzhou to pursue my dream of music as a rock drummer for a decade. After immigrating to the U.S. and settling in California about five years ago, I have had a satisfying journey transitioning from an ESL student to a college student studying Computer Science at Peralta campuses.Being a Math Tutor is an excellent opportunity for me to give back to the Peralta community that I depend on, which has given me a second chance to live a different life. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve at Merritt Learning Center to help our fellow students seeking additional help to succeed in their academic studies.Please feel free to schedule an appointment with me to discuss your questions. I will do my best to assist in any way I can.


Kahayag-gabrielle fay

Languages: English, Indonesian, Bisaya

Subject: ENG-1A

Spring 2023 Schedule: Tuesday 10a-1:30p, Wednesday 10a-1p, Thursday 111:30a-2:30p

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Hello! I am Kahayag, and I am currently a fellow student in the Peralta system. I am from the Philippines and Indonesia, and am now based in Oakland- Chochenyo Ohlone lands. I am passionate about seeing through many different perspectives, and translating across different cultures. Education and inclusive learning that serves the people and meets the needs of the community is a passion of mine— so I thoroughly enjoy showing up to the best of my ability, listening, and learning alongside the folks I assist. School can be hard, and I am constantly finding ways to make the process fun and interesting, while simultaneously challenging myself and not taking myself too seriously. I am a tutor for ENG-1A, so if you need some help translating your thoughts into eloquent sentences, hit me up through the learning center!
P.s. My languages are English, Indonesian, Bisaya

Lowell Bennett

Retired Managing Director and Global Investment Strategist with a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, both from Stanford University.  He also is a CFA (chartered financial analyst) charter holder.  He is currently working at Merritt College as an Instructor, tutor, and mentor. He is the Tutor Training Instructor at Merritt and works with the English and Math Faculty in support of students. Lowell is also studying African American Studies and Administration of Justice as a Merritt College Student.