Meet the Classic Tutors

Aka Amgalan

Business Admin / 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.


Darnell De Luna

Psychology

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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


Peter Lazari

Software Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how important it is to go to class, even when you're not required to.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . learn as much as you can in class and ask questions!


Denny Liu

Applied Mathematics

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that college was going to be really tough.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to have a study schedule and stick to it.


Andrea Luong

Business - Finance

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how quickly the semester moves! Dropping classes and other deadlines come at the start of the semester, unlike the middle in community college. Luckily I was able to do everything before deadlines by checking mySJSU constantly.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . determination and perseverance. Hard work will never betray you!


Saurabh Mithe

Computer Science

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that it is fine to not be fine in the beginning. Things can and will get better. Just keep hanging in there.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . to keep on trying as hard as you can, and as many times as you can. There is nothing that cannot be achieved through persistent and dedicated efforts, mixed with a pinch of optimism and a positive outloook.


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.


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.


Joce Pulido

Computer Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . more about different services SJSU offers to support their students. It really helps to know that there is a place to go that supports you and that you're not alone.

My advice to fellow students to help them succeed is . . . taking good notes. Notes can help when studying for a midterm or for preparing for the final. Re-reading notes can help you remember the information you might have forgotten and would like to remember.


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.


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.


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.


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.