Meet the Classic Tutors

Akash Adep

Engineering Management

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

My best strategy for college success is... keep a work life balance, make a routine and be consistent with it.

If you had a theme song, what would it be? "Ilahi" - it's a Hindi song, YouTube it!


Aka Amgalan

Accounting

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that the campus has numerous resources and opportunities to offer.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . making sure that I understand the material instead of just memorizing it. When studying, jumping right into procedures and trying to memorize them can be a good method. But I believe seeing the big picture and understanding the concept before moving on to the procedure is a better strategy.

What game or movie universe would you most like to live in? Living in the World of Warcraft universe would be fantastic. For the Alliance!


Darnell De Luna

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . .

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

If Peer Connections gave you a 3-day paid vacation, what would you do? I would probably just go out and take pictures with my film camera.


Tiffany Doan

Business Analytics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... that there were many free resources on campus such as tutoring services and the wellness center! These places help students succeed academically and ensure a balanced lifestyle!

My best strategy for college success is... be consistent and do homework on time. Spend at least two hours to study for each class and study hard before midterms and finals.

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend? Spend time with family and create amazing memories.


Vivian Doan

Pre-Nursing

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to switch majors!

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . work hard! I believe that you can accomplish almost anything you want to if you give it your all. The past year I have been here, I have had to take a lot of matters into my own hands to fulfill tasks or get the help that I need!

What game or movie universe would you like to live in? I really love Marvel, so I think it'd be really cool to live in a universe where the Marvel characters exist. But do I want to turn into dust...?


Arielle Dorch

Biology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all the great resources available on campus. Whether you're looking to join a sports team, seeking help from a tutor, or in need of counseling and more, the Spartan community makes sure to accommodate you in the best ways it can.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . consistently remind yourself why you're here and make every moment meaningful.

What is the "holy grail" of your life? Stability and happiness are the 2 main things I've constantly strived for over the years.


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 best strategy for college success is... fervency - find something you love to do, and studying won't really feel like work.

What game or movie universe would you most like to live in? I would be the 7th friend in Friends.


Yesenia Garcia

Undeclared

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... it’s okay to ask for help.

My best strategy for college success is... ask questions!! Don’t be afraid to stop somebody and ask for help.


Arshia Hamzehpour

Biological Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... about tutoring.

My best strategy for college success is... managing my time.


Yvonne Hoang

Computer Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to keep track of semester-long projects and assignments. Those really caught me off guard!

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . .make study buddy friends! Even if you're in different classes, you can still keep each other on track. And it's always better to study with someone in the library.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue? I'd definitely get into table top game creation. It can get really expensive to make all the prototypes, but I really love world building and bringing people together.


Seth Hutchinson

Mechanical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to get more involved in school activities and be a part of the campus community, and to seek help from others before my grades started dropping.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to find good hard working friends who will help you study. But also find time to unstress and enjoy the college experience.

What do you wish you knew more about? My mother's native language, Korean.


Dev Kapupara

Applied Math / Computer Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that I could book study rooms in the MLK Library.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . prepare for exams as though your professor hates you and doesn't curve.

What three words best describe you? Meticulous, ingenious, tenacious.


Joshua Lewis

Sociology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... about Peer Connections. I was unaware of this resource that I was in desperate need of during my freshman year.

My best strategy for college success is...try and develop good time management skills. It's easy to procrastinate and overwork yourself at the last minute, especially if you have a job.


Alana Luong

Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... how to organize and plan for future semesters. It's so important to know what classes you're going to take and how difficult it might be in order to find balance with your work and social life.

My best strategy for college success is... be proactive in developing yourself! There's not a lot of opportunities in life where you're surrounded by such an abundant amount of resources. Take advantage of all the professionals on campus, take courses not related to your major that interest you, and make meaningful relationships! This personal growth will help you succeed even beyond college.


Ana Martinez-Flores

Occupational Therapy

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... that it is okay if you do not know what you would like to do after college. However, it is important to use this time to discover what you would like to do. Take the time explore your interests, figure out what your strengths are, and make a plan. Apply for internships or volunteer in fields you are interested in. These experiences will be invaluable in your quest to discovering a career you are passionate about!

My best strategy for college success is... to plan ahead. Before the semester starts I write down all assignments, essays, midterms, finals, and other due dates down in my planner. Being able to visualize how my semester is going to look like helps me organize my time better, and plan ahead for my hard days where midterms, essays, and projects from different classes all seem to fall within the same week.


Kevin Ngo

Computer Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . even if you set your preferred email to something else, you'll still get a bunch of messages on your SJSU email.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to not procrastinate and to not stress over everything. You won't remember what grade you got on assignments years from now, so just try your hardest while still having fun.


An Nguyen

Biochemistry

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that there were a lot of resources on campus. Studying is the whole process. It is supposed to be hard, so there is no shame in asking for help.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . time management to balance studying and social life.

Where is the most interesting place you've been? Hoi An, Vietnam.


Nhu Nguyen

Business Administration

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known ... about all of the free resources that our school offers, such as cooking classes (also known as CHEW), counseling services, renting out laptops at the library, the gym, and etc. SJSU provides a vast amount of resources catered towards student success, so don’t be afraid to seek for help!

My best strategy for college success is...time management and joining different organizations on campus! Academics is an important aspect of college, but joining organizations and making connections with your peers will truly make a difference in your experience at SJSU. Managing your time is crucial in academic success and having fun in college. A tip on time management is using a planner, a white board, phone reminders, or whatever tool that you will frequently visit and note down all of the deadlines and exams for the semester. I also recommend creating short terms goals throughout the day and week to be on track of your assignments and accomplish personal goals.


Grace Paul-Okpara

Industrial and Systems Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how and when to apply for scholarships.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to stay on top of school work.

Who has impressed you the most with what they've accomplished? Serena Williams! There is nothing unimpressive about her. She has won titles while being pregnant. Though she is the most drug-tested athlete in her field of sports, she keeps proving that hard work and determination takes you to the top.


Sravanthi Prattipati

Corporate Accounting and Finance

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about the resources that the campus offers exclusively for SJSU students, i.e. Clipper card, laptop rentals, media equipment, free tutoring, on campus jobs, etc. 

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . get involved. College is what you make out of it. 

What game or movie universe would you most like to live in?Crazy Rich Asians.


Nikki Ravi

Computer Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that I can meet upperclassmen through programs held through SJSU and ask for advice whenever I need it.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . constantly search for ways you can better your study habits.

What are you most likely to become famous for? Philanthropy.


Syeda Rizvi

Electrical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that professors are there to help and are not as intimidating if you go and talk to them.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . don't slack or procrastinate at all. Everything should be done well in advance to avoid difficult situations. Also, meetings with your graduation advisor are crucial because they can tell you about your progress and whether anything has changed in your major requirements.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning a medal for?Assembling IKEA furniture.


Victor Rodriguez

Mechanical Engineering

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

My best strategy for college success is... study.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? Hitchhiking across the United States.


Thanhtam Van

English

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . about all of the free stuff the school gives you throughout the year, like food and testing materials.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . knowing when to give yourself a break from the stress.

What game or movie universe would you most like to live in? Animal Crossing.


Denise Wayne

Applied Mathematics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how many campus resources there were.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . time management.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue? Travelling the world and vlogging/film-making.


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 . . . utilize the Pomodoro Technique.

What would the most amazing adventure to go on? Travelling through Tibet and hiking to the first base camp of Mount Everest.