VIU International students

International Academic Support (IAS)

What is IAS?

How to Book a Tutor

We are a team of English for Academic Purposes tutors. We help international and second language students improve their academic English skills as they work through degree, diploma, and certificate programs at VIU.  Some of the ways we can help include: 

  • Understanding assignments
  • Helping research 
  • Clarifying difficult readings
  • Composing summaries and paraphrases
  • Helping brainstorm 
  • Organizing writing
  • Citing (APA, MLA, and other styles)
  • Helping edit 
  • Improving pronunciation and presentation skills  
IAS Tutoring

Reserve a tutoring session with an IAS tutor!

Choose an IAS instructor on the schedule: Rita Mizuno or Sylvia Arnold.

  • Students can book two sessions per week.  Email Rita Mizuno (Rita.Mizuno@viu.ca) for permission to book more.
  • Sessions can be online [Video Chat (live) or e-Tutoring (upload your document for email feedback)], or face-to-face in the Writing Centre, 4th Floor of the VIU Library.

Book an IAS Tutoring Session

Writing Centre and IAS Webinar series

If you have difficulties accessing the link, please email John.Hill@viu.ca, Sylvia.Arnold@viu.ca, or Rita.Mizuno@viu.ca

Date

Time

Subject

Speaker

Thur. Jan. 12, 2023

10:45-11:45am

Introduction to APA Style Citation

Join via Zoom

IAS tutor -  Sylvia

Thur. Jan. 12, 2023

5:45-6:45pm

Introduction to APA Style Citation

Join via Zoom

IAS tutor -  Rita

Weds. Jan. 18, 2023

10:45-11:45am

Summary and Reflective Writing

Join via Zoom

IAS tutor -  Rita

Weds. Jan. 18, 2023

5:45-6:45pm

How to Use Quotes in an Essay

Join via Zoom

IAS tutor -  Rita

Thur. Jan. 19, 2023

 

5:45-6:45pm

Strategies for Successful Group Work

Join via Zoom  

IAS tutor -  Rita

Thur. Jan. 26, 2023

4.15-5:15pm

Reading the Academic Article

Join via Zoom

John Hill

Thur. Feb 2, 2023

4.15-5:15pm

Introductions and Thesis Statements

Join via Zoom

John Hill

Thur. Feb 9, 2023

4.15-5:15pm

Citation

Join via Zoom

John Hill

Thur. Feb 16, 2023

4.15-5:15pm

Academic Paragraphs and Conclusion

Join via Zoom

John Hill

Student Testimonials

“Myself and KK from Pre-MBA Team, would like to thank you for boosting our morale with your soothing and inspiring words! We are really feeling confident and more focused. We aim to follow your instructions/ advice on the 'action-plan' that you have created for us and look forward to meeting you with our entire team.”

"The IAS team helped me to sail through effectively in my pursuit of learning the APA style of writing and referencing. I would like to specially mention about Matthew Finlayson, who has not only helped to hone my academic writing skills, but at the same time has been a guiding force in enhancing my life skills and teaching me some very important lessons about stress management and work-study-life balance. My heartfelt thanks to the entire IAS team for their support.”

"I am strongly influenced and encouraged by Matthew and Will and other teachers in IAS. They are always ready to help the students, their positive attitude and diligence are good models for me to learn from.”