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Meet the ACE Tutors

Our ACE Tutors have a wide range of availability to fit students’ busy schedules. ACE students can arrange a one-on-one session for any subject on Navigate. Visit the Navigate scheduling system or email our Tutoring Coordinator, John Kafarhire, at jkafarhire@luc.edu to be paired with the right tutor for you! More information on scheduling an appointment can be found here.

 

John Kafarhire, Tutoring Coordinator

Graduate Program: Political Science

Bio: John Kafarhire is a master’s student in the Political Science Department and hopes to get into the PhD program to focus on Foreign Policy analysis. He has a Licentiate degree in Economic and Social Law from the Catholic University of the Congo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a master’s degree in international studies from DePaul University. His research focuses on foreign policy towards Africa, specifically the work and impact of multinational corporations on African societies. Before joining ACE, he worked as Senior Account Executive for a Chicago-based marketing company. In his free time, John loves to read, listen to music, explore places, or just chill and watch a good TV show. He joined ACE in January 2021 and enjoys working with tutors and tutees.

 

ACE Tutors

 

Meenakshi Dhamija, Senior, Lead Tutor

  

Major/Minor: Accounting and Information Systems Double Major

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): Tutoring Center

Favorite part of ACE: The amazing community that ACE is! I love that everyone comes together throughout the semester and we are all like on big family :)

Courses taught: ACCT 201, ACCT 202, ACCT 303, ACC 311, ACCT 317, BSAD 220, COMM 103, INFS 247, INFS 248, INFS 346, INFS 347, INFS 360, INFS 397, LREB 315, MGMT 201, MARK 201, MATH 100, MATH 118, MATH 131, MATH 132, MATH 161, THEO 282, UCLR 100E, UCWR 110

 

Sohaib Mirza, Senior, Lead Tutor

Major/Minor: Biology Major; Bioethics Minor

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Training & Professional Development Committee (TPDC) for the Tutoring Center, and Faith in the Vaccine Ambassador (FIVA) in Dr. Burns Lab.

Favorite part of ACE: Getting to work with such unique and amazing individuals who all have something great to bring to the table!

Courses taught: BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 101, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 225, MATH 131, MATH 132, PHIL 130, PHIL 181, PSYC 101, SOCL 101, THEO 107, UCLR 100E, UCWR 110, BIOL 283, CHEM 226, PHIL 284, LITR 200-WI, BIOL 283, CHEM 226, PHIL 181, HIST 102, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L, PSYC 304

 

Alli Lueders, Senior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Biochemistry & History Major, German Studies Minor

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): AMSA (American Medical Student Association), ADPi (Alpha Delta Pi), WISAM (Women in Science & Math), Chai & Chat Facilitator, Chemistry Research Lab

Favorite part of ACE: Giving ACE students the tools to be successful in their classes!

Courses taught: MATH 162, MATH 201, MATH 263, MATH 264, BIOL 101, BIOL 102, CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 221, CHEM 222, CHEM 223, CHEM 224

 

Audrey Marticello, Senior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Finance and Economics Double Major

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): 360 retreat leader, Agape Latte, Rambler Investment Fund, Undergrad Admissions, Business Career Services

Favorite part of ACE: My favorite part of ACE is this group is like a family. We take care of one another and help each other out!

Courses taught: ACCT 201, ACCT 202, BSAD 343, ECON 201, ECON 202, ECON 323, FINC 334, INFS 247, LREB 315, SCMG 332, MATH 131, ISSCM 241, HIST 101, HIST 212, THEO 100, UCLR 100, PHIL 181, MARK 201

 

India Martin, Senior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Nursing Major

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): I love going weekly to the Soup Kitchen with Community Service and Action

Favorite part of ACE: My favorite part of ACE is the impact we are able to have on students as they navigate the difficult courses of their college career!

Courses taught: GNUR 102, GNUR 155, GNUR 155L, GNUR 156, GNUR 156L, GNUR 160, GNUR 160L, GNUR 207, GNUR 238, GNUR 238L, GNUR 293, GNUR 297, GNUR 290, GNUR 294, MSN 277, MSN 277L

 

Jena Chekfeh, Junior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience Major 

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): Tutoring Center

Favorite part of ACE: How supportive the community is! 

Courses taught: BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 223, CHEM 224, CHEM 225, CHEM 226, CHEM 361, MATH 118, MATH 131, MATH 132, PHIL 130, PSYC 238, UCWR 110, WSGS 101, PSYC 100, PSYC 304, THEO 107, UCLR 100C, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L, PHYS 112, PHYS 112L, PSYC 306, PSYC 331, COMM 274

 

Maya Kota, Senior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Biology Major

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): Sexual Volunteer Advocate for The Line, Peer Leader & Workshop Facilitator for the Body Project, Tri-Beta Honors Biology Society Volunteer & Campus Coordinator, Summer Peer Tutor, Tutor

Favorite part of ACE: My favorite part of ACE is getting to be a part of such an amazing community with kind and welcoming individuals!

Courses taught: CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 223, CHEM 221, CHEM 222, CHEM 223, CHEM 224

 

Nicole Moreno, Senior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Biology and Psychology Double Major

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): Loyola4Chicago

Favorite part of ACE: The friendships I've made because of ACE and how ACE supports its students in every endeavor!

Courses taught: BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, BIOL 265, BIOL 266, MATH 118, PHIL 130, PSYC 238, UCWR 110, WSGS 101, PSYC 304, THEO 107, THEO 186, THEO 299, UCLR 100E, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L, PSYC 306, PSYC 331

 

Priyali Patel, Senior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Biology Major, Bioethics Minor

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): Doctors Without Borders, AMSA

Favorite part of ACE: Getting to meet students who come from a similar background as me! I love meeting people and listening to where they come from and what they hope to achieve in the future.

Courses taught: BIOL 265, BIOL 283, CHEM 102, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 214, MATH 132, PHIL 130, PHIL 181, PHYS 111L, PHYS 112L, THEO 107, FREN 101

 

Simon Jillson, Senior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Economics & Finance Major, Philosophy Minor

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): Alpha Sigma Nu Vice President, Goalkeeper on Loyola Men’s Soccer Team, SAAC President, Economics Forum, Pre-Law Society

Favorite part of ACE: How ACE Scholars approach every challenge with hard work and an optimistic outlook.

Courses taught: ACCT 201H, ACCT 202, BSAD 220, ENGL 211, ENGL 273, EXPL 292, FINC 334, INFS 247, ISSCM 241, MATH 131, PHIL 130, PHIL 279, PHIL 323, THEO 100, UCLR 100E, UCWR 110, LREB 315, MARK 201, COMM 103, HIST 102

 

Yatzany Resendiz-Rivera, Senior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Biology Major; Spanish Language & Literature Minors

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): AMSA Community Outreach Director, Alpha Phi Omega

Favorite part of ACE: Making meaningful and life-long connections with a group of people who truly support and care for you.

Courses taught: BIOL 102, BIOL 242, BIOL 283, CHEM 100, CHEM 225, CHEM 226, PHIL 130, PSYC 101, SOCL 101, HIST 102, PHYS 111L, THEO 107, SPAN 251, SPAN 297

 

Sumaiyah Dairo, Senior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Biology Major; Philosophy and Biostatistics Minors

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): Muslim Student Association, American Medical Student Association, Doctors Without Borders, Student Advocates for Medicine in Politics, African Student Association, and Black Cultural Center

Favorite part of ACE: I have the chance to interact with everyone and create new and lasting bonds along the way.

Courses taught: BIOL 265, BIOL 282, BIOL 328, CHEM 101, CHEM 111, CHEM 223, CHEM 224, CHEM 226, ENGL 317, HIST 102, SOCL 101, MATH 100, MATH 117, MATH 118, MATH 131, PHIL 130, PHIL 181, PHIL 274, PSYC 101, THEO 107, THEO 295, UCLR 100, CLST 276, PHYS 111, PHYS 111L

 

Gina Canavan, Junior, Tutor

Major/Minor: Biochemistry Major; Bioethics Minor, Pre-Medicine Track

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): Alpha Delta Pi, Habitat for Humanity, Research in Dr. Ballicora's lab

Favorite part of ACE: My favorite part of ACE is getting to know our ACE scholars and seeing their "aha!" moments while tutoring.

Courses taught: MATH 131, MATH 132, BIOL 101, BIOL 102, BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 222, PHYS 101, PHYS 102, HONR 101, HONR 102

 

Megan O'Toole, Junior, Tutor

 Major/Minor: Chemistry Major; Math Minor 

Involvement on campus (clubs, organizations, etc): Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Habitat for Humanity, Women Science and Math Club

Favorite part of ACE: The community!

Courses taught: BIOL 101, BIOL 102, CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 221, CHEM 222, CHEM 223, CHEM 224, MATH 162, MATH 201, MATH 263, MATH 264