Are you struggling with your English proficiency at Schulich? Do you need help with understanding Canadian English norms?
My name is Matthew Gartner and I am a Schulich MBA student. I am excited to help you improve your English writing, editing and speaking skills through the Schulich English Language Peer Support (ELPS) program.
I am dedicated to helping you succeed.
I have a Masters degree and have worked as a Teaching Assistant at multiple universities, supporting students to improve their written academic skills. Outside of campus, I like to cook, read, walk around the city, and play and record music.
What is ELPS?
This is a peer-led service for Schulich students where you can book 45-minute appointments with me to get assistance with your written assignments and English presentation skills. Appointments are available during Reading Week and can be booked via your MySchulich Student Portal.
During appointments, I can review your written assignments and provide guidance on grammar, citations, sentence structure and clarity with the goal of enhancing your written English language proficiency. Please bring a double-spaced, printed copy of your assignment into your appointments.
I can also help with presentation and speaking skills, to help increase your confidence and proficiency to communicate your ideas clearly in English.
To book appointments, use the “English Language Peer Support (ELPS)” link on the Gradblog (under Quick Links) or via your MySchulich Student Portal.
We also host weekly drop-in English Language Conversation Circles on Thursday afternoons (1pm-2pm), which are useful for practicing your listening and speaking skills in a casual and fun environment. Spouses and partners are also welcome to attend!
When I began my first experience in graduate school, I realized that the two most essential skills for my Master of Arts program – writing and public presentation – were two areas in which I needed great improvements. I was nervous about the quality of my writing and didn’t even like the idea of anyone else reading my assignments. By working hard, practicing and paying attention to feedback from friends and professors, I was able to make great improvements to these skills. At the end of that two-year program, I was confident enough in my abilities to complete a thesis and present my research at conferences.