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Nic Voge

My background is in the field of university reading and learning and what is called achievement motivation. I investigate and analyze the unique educational expectations of elite research universities such as Princeton. Recognizing the variety and complexity of learning demands students encounter when studying in different disciplines and courses, much of my work focuses on assisting students as they adjust and adapt to unfamiliar learning situations. When working with students I account for each student’s strengths and the specific tasks they face. I also frequently work with students on issues of motivation and engagement and helping them understand and overcome challenges such as procrastination by using motivation theory and various techniques, including but not limited to, time management methods.

   

Brian Cuzzolina

Welcome to McGraw! I am the Learning Strategies Professional here at McGraw and work with Associate Director Nic Voge as both a coordinator and consultant in the Strategic Learning Consultation program. I’m coming to Princeton from the University of Pennsylvania where I also work as a learning instructor and provide professional assessment and instruction in learning and study strategies for Penn undergraduate, graduate and professional students. I am passionate about helping students navigate the sometimes new, sometimes challenging and always enriching college landscape. I specialize in helping students develop strategic individualized approaches to their studies. I have also taught college-level writing and reading. Before working as a learning consultant I was a graduate student, at UPenn, studying literature and also literacy studies. When I am not on campus, and not reading or writing, I am most likely at home cooking for my wife, trail running with my dog, or learning to surf. 

   

Ashley Chiang

Hey guys, I’m Ashley. I’m a senior from Philadelphia in the History Department. On campus, I am also a Writing Fellow, Peer Representative, and member of Tower Club. Currently pursuing the certificate in Applications of Computing and formerly pre-med, I’ve taken a wide variety of courses and am eager to help students work through both discipline-specific challenges and broader academic demands, such as effective time management or realistic goal-setting. I also look forward to helping students balance extracurricular and academic demands so that they can thrive inside and outside of the classroom at Princeton. I’m excited to be working at the McGraw Center this year and hope to have the opportunity to share some of my experiences with you!

   

Lindsay Eysenbach

Hi all, I'm Lindsay Eysenbach, a junior from just outside of Boston.  I'm in the Woodrow Wilson School and pursuing a certificate in Global Health.  However, I'm also pre-med, so I've taken a broad range of natural science, social science, and humanities classes (and learned lots about different teaching and learning styles in the process)!  I'm also an RCA in Mathey (best residential college) and I run varsity cross country and track.  I'm excited to be working for McGraw this year, and hope I can share my experiences maintaining balance within the orange bubble.

   

Christopher Gordon
 
¡Hola! I’m Chris, class of 2015 and a proud member of the Chemical and Biological Engineering department. Aside from completing my many problem sets, I’m a member of Engineers Without Borders, Club Archery and various Campus Ministries. My interests also include taking pictures, playing piano and reading manga. Given my major, I happen to have taken most of the introductory science and math courses on offer here at Princeton. From these I bring a wealth of accumulated knowledge on how to not only to cope but to excel in these types of courses. I offer you a safe space to critically think about your approach to learning here and to carefully strategize on how to take full advantage of your Princeton experience. I love listening; asking questions and synthesizing information; I’m looking forward to working with you to realize your potential!

   

Lindsey Heigh

My name is Lindsey Heigh and I’m a junior from Fairfax, Virginia. I am majoring in the Sociology department and pursuing a certificate in the Program in Global Health and Health Policy. On campus, in addition to being a McGraw consultant, I am on the women’s soccer team, a member of the Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) Student Advisory Board, and a member of University Cottage Club. Learning to navigate Princeton and taking a huge variety of classes has exposed me to many different academic experiences and challenges, and being an athlete has given me insight into the difficult but rewarding balance of academics and athletics. I am interested in the unique culture of Princeton and its academic structure, as well as the diverse ways that students work. I am excited to collaborate with other students to figure out the best ways to succeed both academically and otherwise!

   

Beth McKenna

Hi! I'm Beth McKenna and I am a pre-med senior in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. I am originally from the Boston area, but I have spent the past two summers interning in Bermuda. Outside of McGraw, I am a member of the varsity Track and Field team, an Outdoor Action Leader Trainer, a Peer Health Advisor, and a member of the Cap and Gown Club. As a pre-med student, I have taken a wide range of  science courses as well as a number of humanities courses which have allowed me to explore many different learning strategies. As as student athlete, I enjoy working with other student athletes on managing their time effectively and balancing their commitments in order to get the most out of their time here at Princeton. I look forward to utilizing my background, experiences, and McGraw training to help guide students in the right direction when it comes to academics!

   

Theresa Meyer


Hey there! I’m Theresa and I’m a junior from Durham, North Carolina. I’m currently majoring in Computer Science as a B.S.E. student and am also working to fulfill pre-med requirements. As someone who has switched from B.S.E. to A.B. and back and considered quite a few concentrations, I have an array of knowledge about different types of courses at Princeton. Along with being a McGraw Consultant, I’m an EMT, co-President of the Women in Science Colloquium (we host informal dinner discussions with female scientists), an Outdoor Action leader, a member of the 2 Dickinson street co-op, and a Student Technology Consultant. With such varied activities and academics, I have adapted to a wide array of demands and know how to get the most out of prerequisite classes and distribution requirements. I really enjoy helping other students practice effective time management, learn to work more efficiently, and figure out how to get the most out of the classes they’re taking. I want to help students develop their own personalized strategies and techniques to reach their full potential. I love the McGraw center and I hope I get the chance to share my experiences with you!
   

Linnea Paseiro


Hello! My name is Linnea, and I am a senior in the Slavic department from the mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona. When I'm not brunching with my zees in Forbes, I dedicate a significant amount of my time here at Princeton to language-learning and to thinking about how best to study and approach foreign languages, so I feel confident that I can address most such concerns. Given my background as a Humanities major and as a Writing Center Fellow, I have also developed strategies for effective reading and writing practices. In a broader sense, I find myself often thinking of questions of motivation and time management, especially as they relate to maintaining a healthy work/life balance in college. I truly enjoy working with students to understand and remedy any concerns they may have in connection with these topics. I believe that all Princetonians can benefit from a conversation on these themes, so I do hope you decide to make an appointment at McGraw this semester!
   

Paul Popescu

Hello Princetonians, my name is Paul Popescu but I'm known to friends and strangers alike as Tall Paul. I'm a Princeton native and actually grew up in University housing while my dad was a graduate student in the early-mid 90s. I've lived in Princeton for about 20 years now and I'm really bummed that this will be my last year because I'll have to finally go explore some other part of the world next Fall.

I'm a senior in the English department, a member of the heavyweight crew team, and the current president of Cloister Inn. While most of my time is spent sitting in a boat or sitting with a book, my real passion is studying how people communicate - in person, in literature, by text, etc. I think communication and deep, contextual understanding are essential to a happy and successful academic (and non-academic) experience at Princeton so whenever I approach coursework it's always with the question, "what's the big-picture?" at the front of my mind.
 
So if you want to try and take the big-picture approach to learning (which, believe me, is much more fulfilling than rote memorization) schedule a consultation with me, we'll get together and discover why you should be passionate about your courses. I'm looking forward to meeting you, tiger.
   

Tory Roberts

My name is Tory Roberts and I'm a senior in the Politics department. I'm originally from San Diego but I spent this past summer interning in Washington, D.C. In addition to being a McGraw consultant, I'm also an RCA in Butler College, a member of the varsity softball team, and a member of the Cap and Gown Club. As a student athlete, I look forward to helping other student athletes balance their time between athletics and academics. I have taken a wide variety of humanities and social science classes, so I have experience developing different learning strategies for various types of courses. I hope to use my own experience as well as my training at McGraw to help other students get the most out of their Princeton learning experience.

   

Pavithra Vijauakumar

Hi guys, I’m Pavithra and I’m a junior from New York. I’m premed and concentrating in Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in the Global Health and Health Policy program. I started training as a McGraw Consultant in Spring 2013, and I’ve been tutoring high school students for a few semesters. I am also president of the South Asian Students Association, layout director for Tiger Magazine, a volunteer at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, and a member of Terrace Club. I’ve taken courses ranging from big science lectures to small philosophy lectures, and through McGraw I’ve become interested in developing different strategies to meet the diverse needs of these courses. I also like to focus on time management, especially the difficulty of balancing schoolwork, extracurriculars, and other parts of life. McGraw has helped me find this balance, and I hope we’ll be able to help you too!

   

Christina Yu

"Hi everyone, My name is Christina and I am a senior economics major from Hong Kong. On campus, I enjoy working at the McGraw Learning Center as a learning consultant, as an Outdoor Action leader, and as Treasurer of the USG. After my freshmen fall, I actually took a year off for reflection and direction. I am really glad of the decision-- It was a fabulous year of enriching experiences. Upon returning on campus, I felt much more prepared to take advantage of opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. Hence, at McGraw, I hope to assist fellow students who have taken time off to settle back into campus life. I would also like to help students manage their time more effectively, to develop personalised learning strategies, and to become happier students on campus. my wish is to contribute to making Princeton a more fun and fulfilling for all. Alas we are only here for four years. Let's make it count."
   

Nick Williams

Hey everyone, I'm Nick, a junior in the History department with certificates in American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Aside from working at the McGraw Center, I am also an archivist in Rare Books and Special Collections in Firestone Library, where I work on manuscripts from some of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century mostly (since that is my specialty in History).  I'm also Independent and live off-campus and balance living a life separate from Princeton, cooking (and writing my second cookbook), 20+ hours of work a week, 600+ pages of reading a week, plenty of hanging out with friends, and 9 hours of sleep a night so needless to say, I've worked a lot on time management and I'm here to help you figure out how to get the most out of your classes and your Princeton experience in general.  I'm looking forward to meeting you and helping you figure this crazy place out! 

   

To schedule an appointment with one of the consultants, go to:
https://mcgraw.princeton.edu/scheduler/appointments/1