Interview with a Georgian student: Peer tutoring
July 02, 2019

Need help understanding course content? Struggling in class? Peer tutoring is free for all Georgian students. Get practical study tips and boost your academic confidence with group tutoring, one-on-one tutoring or drop-in tutoring.

Meet Somer Tambeau-Martin, a third-year student from Etobicoke studying in Georgian’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program. There were a few classes she was struggling in and after getting a tutor, her grades improved.

How did you find out about the peer tutoring program? I heard about it through friends.

What was the experience like? My tutor, Stephen, was amazing. They offered great advice and shared helpful study skills and strategies.

What was the most helpful thing you learned? Aside from how to unpack difficult concepts I was learning in class, probably about all of the other services at Georgian – like the Math and Writing Centre.

How hard was it to get a tutor? Not hard at all. Georgian has more than 125 tutors each semester. You can get help with math, chemistry, statistics, physics, accounting, anatomy, technology, anything really.

Any advice you’d give to someone considering a peer tutor? Go for it! You don’t have to struggle on your own. There are people here who want to help you succeed.

Why did you choose Georgian for your studies? It was close to where I was living at the time and had a high graduate employment rate. I also had a job a few year backs as a machinist and I fell in love with machines – how they run and how parts are made.

What’s your favourite part about the program so far? The constant challenge to improve and become something more than I could have ever thought possible a few years ago. The continuous learning and making lasting connections with amazing minds.

Have you gotten involved in anything during your time at Georgian? Yes! I became a peer mentor. I wanted to inspire and be there for new students transitioning to college; it can feel overwhelming and scary.

What do you offer new students as a mentor? A safe space or a new friendship. Connections to services on campus.

What’s your Georgian experience been like otherwise? Amazing. There are tons of resources here to help you succeed. Your profs really care about you. In my first semester, I was inspired by my instructor John McGrath. He still pushes me, even to this day, to be better. He lights up a room and would give the shirt off his back to students.

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Any memorable Georgian moments? Receiving two awards and having my dad and best friend in the crowd at the ceremony.

Plans after graduation? I plan to head to university. Likely for the same field I’m currently in, or it could lead me down a different path. I don’t know what the future holds but since technology is forever changing and evolving, so must we.

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What do you like to do for fun? I love to spend time with family, snowboard, enjoy a glass of wine with good company and a nice dinner. I love hosting dinner parties. I’m passionate about sustainably. It’s important to me because we only have one world to live in so we either save it or we die with it.

What three things do you know to be true? Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Change is possible. And it’s possible to fail but then succeed.

Anything on your bucket list? Snowboarding in Japan.

What are you most grateful for? My mom, my dad, my family and my two fur babies.

What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned? A wise Georgian grad once read me a speech and I will forever hold the value of the words, “It’s ok to fail.” That I can fail, however, I can still come out on top wiser, stronger.

Who is your personal hero? My personal hero is my nephew Maxwell Taylor a.k.a. Miracle Max. Maxwell passed away when he was five and because of him I changed my ways, I found a path, and I found the light to keep walking it. Maxwell taught me how to love the un-loveable, how to never give up and how to be strong on the darkest of days. Even on his hardest days, he would smile and make you smile too. He was my inspiration to apply to college and he’s pushing me each and every day.

If you could share one message with the world, what would it be? Respect everyone, fear no one. Love is stronger than hate.

All Georgian tutors are students who have achieved high academic standing. In 2018-19 at the Barrie Campus alone, tutors helped approximately 4,000 students.

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