Meet the Embedded Tutors

Akash Adep

Engineering Management

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that there are lot of things to try other than academics!

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . keep a work/life balance, make a routine and be consistent with it.


Marisa Barreda

Business Marketing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that the business department had amazing academic advisors! They are always there for you to help you out and go out of their way to answer all your questions. Don't be afraid to go to them!

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . take care of yourself! Always be on top of your health and happiness because it's 100% harder to go to class and do your work when you're down and sick.


Alex Galou

English

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how much easier it is to ace classes if you are active and present during the lectures! 

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . fervency - find something you love to do, and studying won't really feel like work. 


Cristian Hernandez

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about student clubs and open spaces available for students to meet new students and talk about any concerns or issues about anything.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to be more organized with my school schedule so I can balance between school work and time for myself in order to execute things on time.


Jasmine Itliong

Communication Studies

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . all the amazing programs that are offered to help students succeed in school.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . always try to stay on top/ahead of everything. The minute you let yourself fall, it's hard to get back up. It's okay to be an overachiever; your lazy days will thank you later.


Amanda Le

Design Studies

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . more about Peer Connections and its tutor program, and how to get help from your fellow classmates!

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . space out your studies and work over several days, and avoid cramming everything at once!


Sandya Manickam

Computer Engineering

 

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that study groups help out a lot, going into teacher's office hours are definitely worth it and students should not feel too intimidated to ask for help!

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to learn at your own pace or learn based on your own style because there is no one right way to learn. Focusing on what you can do best and working on bettering those skills is one of the key factors to college success.


Diana Medina

Business Analytics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about time management, giving myself a set amount of time to go to advising on a weekly basis and take care of myself. College can be stressful, and as students we have enough commitments to deal with. We should put ourselves first to succeed.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . explore different options around campus that you can both learn from and have fun with, like jobs, clubs and associations. Take classes that can teach you lessons for your career.


McKenna Miller

History

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . more about available resources to help students succeed (such as Peer Connections and the Student Center). 

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . read all prompts and paperwork very carefully!


Vicki Nguyen

Business

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that there are many resources offered at SJSU that help students to make the most out of college life. Spend some time checking out what is offered to SJSU students. For instance, I didn't know about Peer Connections or the free gym access offered for students.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . time management. I always make a list of important things that need to be done and try to finish them as soon as possible. Therefore, I feel less pressure about homework deadlines or finals. Another thing is asking for help when you don't understand something. 


Katie Rennie

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that people are so approachable here. I would have asked a lot more questions.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . setting realistic goals and taking them on one at a time.


Victor Rodriguez

Mechanical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . more services for students.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . study!


Kyle Schmitt

Economics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . the importance of consistency in terms of course involvement, studies, and sleep.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . slow down every so often and examine your direction. This will help you to stay on track and establish achievable goals.


Will Schultz

History

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all of the tutoring and counseling options available to SJSU students. They ended up becoming a huge help for me in both school and life.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . always do your best. When struggling, always ask for help. Others are there to assist, and one should never have to suffer silently.


Mary Tran

Child and Adolescent Development

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the resources that we have available to help with the transition into college, not just the general resources, but also the department resources. For example, the language department and ChAD department both offer study and computer tech for their students in designated rooms.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . self-confidence. Believing in myself allows me to continue pushing forward despite all of the hardships I face. When I maintain high self-esteem, I am able to focus and do well in my academics, while inspiring others to do the same.


Valerie Truong

Design Studies

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that it is important to focus on the present. Some of us can get carried away with dwelling on past mistakes or worrying about life after graduation. Ultimately, these thoughts will only discourage and distract us from what is currently important. Encounter tasks one by one and enjoy the moment.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to set short term goals. Regardless of how small or big the goal is, this method constantly encourages us to make great efforts for each objective. Challenging ourselves is a good way to be successful students and individuals.


Jessica Umeh

Biology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the resources on campus such as Peer Connections.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to start your work early and not procrastinate.


Victoria Young

MA-TESOL

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that the majority of the people I would eventually teach speak Spanish.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . utilizing the Pomodoro Technique.