Academic peer mentors

John Shank

Hello, my name is John Shank. I’m from Homer Alaska. I am a senior in the Linguistics program, and have minors in Russian and Teaching English as a Second Language. When I graduate I want to go to grad school for speech pathology and become a speech therapist. This is my first year as a peer mentor, but the last two years I have worked in Res Life as an RA. In my free time I like to read, play video games, and go rock climbing.

John tutors in these subjects: English, any linguistics class, any ESL class, anthropology, geology 101, geography 101, Rusian, Honors classes, CoJo.

Jonathan Parsons

Hi there! My name is Jonathan Parsons and I am a second year Mechanical Engineering student in the Army ROTC program. I was born in Fort Wainwright and went to Chugiak High School. I love to ride dirt bikes and motorcycles, get sideways, get gainz, or just play MW3 on the Xbox. You can find me at the gym or on the trails. I’ll do the best I can to help you and can’t wait to see y’all!

Jonathan tutors in these subjects: Calculus III and below, chemistry, engineering, lab reports, C++, Matlab programming, basic writing, and basic physics.

Seth Blohm

I am a Music Education major with a focus on grades K-12 in my fourth year of study at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I was born and raised in Alaska,and lived in Wasilla until I started college. In the past three years I have placed first each year in the state NATS classical solo competition, and even made it to the national semifinals this past summer. When not practicing music or doing homework (which isn’t very often) I like to read, write, walk around outside,watch tv/anime/movies, and play video games.Once I graduate from UAF I plan to either find a job teaching music or pursue a master's degree in musical therapy.

Seth tutors in these subjects: Any English, creative writting classes, sociology, music therapy, and geology.

Gerald Montuya

Hello, my name is Gerald! I’m currently a sophomore in the Mechanical Engineering program. I’m aspiring to work with Renewable Energies and Renewable Energy Technologies in the near future. As a fellow student, I want to help you succeed in your academic pursuit. Outside of my academics, I enjoy playing all kinds of sports, watching movies, and eating good food.

Gerald tutors in these subjects: Differential equations, Calculus III and math prerequisites, chemistry, engineering, C++, Matlab, and honor classes.

Ben Talotta

Hi, my name is Ben Talotta. I am a sophomore here at UAF working on my computer science degree. I’m originally from New Jersey however I have lived in Alaska for most of my life, and I graduated from Eagle River High School in 2017. Most of my hobbies are outdoor activities. In high school I played football and I also spent a lot of time hiking and backpacking with the boy scouts. Other than outside activities I also enjoyed four years of first tech challenge robotics throughout high school.

Ben tutors in these subjects: Calculus III and below, engineering, chemistry, physics, economics, lab reports, C++, and Matlab.

Peer Mentor 2018-2019 Hiring

Fall Semester:
Arriving to campus August 14 (at 8am) – August 15
Contract and Training starts August 16, 2018 at 9am

Spring Semester: Arriving to campus January 8 (at 8am) - January 9, 2019
Contract and Training starts January 10, 2019 at 9am
Academic Year Contract Ends May 5, 2018 at 12pm (noon)



Day/Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
6:00-9:00 p.m. John Gerland Jonathan John Ben
9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Jonathan Ben Seth Gerald Seth
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