Shewit graduated recently from the University of Toronto with a Master’s in Political Science, and a specialization in Political Economy of International Development. She completed her undergraduate studies in Socio-political Anthropology at Concordia University (Montréal), while she was also studying for a Diploma in Translation at McGill University (Spanish to English). Shewit’s diverse academic background stems not only from her educational experience, but also from her personal experience living in different cities and countries. Having spent her formative years in the city of Asmara (Eritrea), she has lived, studied and worked in Winnipeg, Montréal and now Toronto. Shewit obtained her first tutoring position back in 2011 when she was a recent high school graduate. At that time, she organized and coordinated various after-school classes and learning activities for middle school students, including one-on-one sessions to assist them with homework and assignments. Some of the disciplines that she tutored included Social Sciences and Humanities (including Languages).
As an undergraduate student at Concordia University (Montréal), she volunteered as a Student Support and Note-taker for three years at the University’s Centre for Students with Disabilities, also known as ACSD. Through these experiences, Shewit has learned to identify and respond to the various learning styles and needs of different students, partnering enthusiastically professors, parents and university directors to create learning environments that motivated students to reach their full potential. More recently, while she was pursuing her graduate studies at the University of Toronto, she had the opportunity to serve as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate courses, where she assisted professors with their lectures by grading assignments and/or exams, and by conducting tutorials.
Through her work experience with students of different academic levels and learning styles, Shewit came to realize that engaging students using their curiosity and interests is crucial in helping them gain the confidence they require to succeed in academia. Aside from her diverse academic background, her ability to speak different languages has enabled her to relate with students with different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, recognizing the importance of not pre-judging students.
Aside from her tutoring experience, Shewit has six years of work experience encompassing the following roles: International Development Research Assistant-Associate, Advisor and Consultant within the Vulnerable Sector (Immigration and Refugee agencies and Development oriented organizations) and as Trilingual Translator and Interpreter. Presently, she’s a Graduate Associate at the Centre for Critical Development Studies (University of Toronto), she also works as an independent contractor for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and MCIS Language Solutions.
During her spare time, she likes to draw and cook, she also enjoys reading historical biographies.