Residents in Science and Engineering (RiSE) Program

RiSE Tutoring

The RiSE Living-Learning Community supports the academic transition of first-year engineering and science students through providing in-hall tutoring. Tutoring services are provided in Lever Hall Lounge on Sundays through Thursdays from 6:30 – 10 p.m. RiSE tutors are upperclassmen students who have a strong grade point average, commitment to student success, and complete training through the Academic Success Center. Tutors focus on courses known to provide most difficulty to students, such as Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics, but will endeavor to assist students in any courses where they need help.

2012-2013 Rise Tutors

John Bender

Name: John Bender
Tutoring Schedule: Monday and Wednesday
Tutoring Specialties: MTHSC 106, MTHSC 206, MTHSC 208, PHYS 122, PHYS 221, ENGR 141, CES 102, EG 208
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Hobbies: Snowboarding
Favorite Clemson memory: The ACC Championship Game
Advice to underclassmen: Don’t Procrastinate

John Burkhart
Name: John Burkhart
Tutoring Schedule: Sunday - Sanders and Monday - Geer
Tutoring Specialties: CES, MthSc, and Physics
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, listening/playing music, offroading, snowboarding and playing golf
Favorite Clemson memory: Studying Abroad in Australia
Advice to underclassmen: Do your homework early in the day so that you can have fun later in the evening. Try to start your homework as soon as possible after it is assigned while the information is still fresh in your memory from class. Take breaks while you are studying.

Jessica Canavan
Name: Jessica Canavan
Tutoring Schedule: Thursday Geer
Tutoring Specialties: CES 102, Chemistry, Matlab, Physics
Major: Biomaterials Engineering
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Playing piano, flute, guitar
Favorite Clemson memory: Hanging out around campus with friends
Advice to underclassmen: Don’t wait til the day before to start studying!

Jhilmil Dhulekar
Name: Jhilmil Dhulekar
Tutoring Schedule: Sunday and Wednesday Geer
Tutoring Specialties: CES 102, CH101, CH102, MthSc106
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Hobbies: Dance, reading, travel, piano and eating
Favorite Clemson memory: Studying abroad in Singapore with some of my closest friends in my major.
Advice to underclassmen: Keep calm and carry on.

Mike Diorio
Name: Mike Diorio
Tutoring Schedule: Monday - Sanders and Tuesday - Geer
Tutoring Specialties: Physics and CES
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Hobbies: Golf and guitar.
Favorite Clemson memory: FSU vs Clemson 2011.
Advice to underclassmen: Do work when it is assigned, not when it is due.

Brian Klett
Name: Brian Klett
Tutoring Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday
Tutoring Specialties: CES 102, Chemistry and Physics
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
Hobbies: Long-boarding, X-box and Playing soccer with friends.
Favorite Clemson memory: 2011 ACC Championship.
Advice to underclassmen: Go to office hours and look over the homework at least 2 days before it is due.

Jackie Kovach
Name: Jackie Kovach
Tutoring Schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday
Tutoring Specialties: CES 102, CH 101-102 and MthSc 106-208
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown: Wyomissing, PA
Hobbies: Rowing, listening to music, running, video games, and reading.
Favorite Clemson memory: Watching the football team win the ACC Championship last year.
Advice to underclassmen: Be optimistic. You may encounter one bad day, but there is always tomorrow. Set your goals high, and reach for the stars. Anything is possible!

Katie Miller
Name: Katie Miller
Tutoring Schedule: Sunday and Monday - Geer Wednesday - Sanders
Tutoring Specialties: CES, Chemistry, Math and Physics
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Hereford, MD
Hobbies: Cooking, studying and traveling.
Favorite Clemson memory: The ACC Championship and exploring campus with friends.
Advice to underclassmen: Start the Clemson traditions early.

Amanda Nguyen
Name: Amanda Nguyen
Tutoring Schedule: Sunday and Thursday
Tutoring Specialties: CES 102, Chemistry and ENGR 141
Major: Bioengineering - Electrical concentration
Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas
Hobbies: Playing tennis, crafting, and hanging out with friends.
Favorite Clemson memory: Fall home football games.
Advice to underclassmen: Get to know your professors! They are great mentors and are incredibly helpful.

Courtney Rowe
Name: Courtney Rowe
Tutoring Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays - Geer
Tutoring Specialties: CES, Chemistry, and Calculus
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Playing tennis, shopping, cooking, and attending Clemson athletic events.
Favorite Clemson memory: Clemson vs. FSU home football game 2009.
Advice to underclassmen: Go to class and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make the most of every day in Clemson because your years here will fly by!