Would you like to meet with a Peer Tutor to talk through your Philosophy classwork, homework, papers and more?

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to partner with CAS Writing Program’s Tutoring Writing in the Disciplines to offer peer tutoring and writing support for undergraduate students. Our tutors are Philosophy majors who offer support at any step of the writing process.

Tutoring Writing in the Disciplines (TWID) is a discipline-based peer writing tutoring program. Department-based peer writing tutors, trained by the WID Director in tutoring practices, provide writing support to students in all courses within a discipline. Initially funded by CAS and a grant provided by Digital Education Incubator, TWID is now supported in part by a gift from Jennifer Simpson (CAS ’00). Read more here about TWID.

All philosophy TWID appointments take place in MUG 424, on the fourth floor of the Mugar Library.

Our Tutors & Tutoring Schedule

Vanessa Hanger


Hours: Mondays, 11:30 – 1:00 PM and Wednesdays, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in MUG 424

Vanessa Hanger is pursuing a major in philosophy and a major in psychology, a minor in the Core Curriculum, and honors in philosophy. She has two years of experience working as an interdisciplinary peer writing tutor and with English language learners. Vanessa enjoys helping her peers become more confident and effective writers. Outside of the classroom, Vanessa acts as the managing editor for Arché, Boston University’s student-led journal of philosophy. Whatever your writing or research needs are for the semester, Vanessa is happy to meet with you and support you (at any point in the semester) as you progress through your coursework.


Joel Silvestri


Hours: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and Thursdays, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM in MUG 424

Joel is a senior studying philosophy and pursuing a minor in French studies. For his honors thesis, Joel is conducting research into how philosophical perspectives are used to justify mental health diagnoses. In addition to writing, Joel enjoys listening to music, playing the piano, and trying new things.

Want to book a tutoring appointment?

Click here to reserve a session with one of our tutors.

Do you have more questions or want to learn more about TWID? Please reach out to Dr. David Shawn, Associate Director of Writing in the Disciplines, at wid@bu.edu.