Meet the Peer 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 best strategy for student success 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.


Krizia Billena

Public Health

 

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to use the Spartan Scheduler.

My best strategy for student success is . . . remember to celebrate all achievements, whether big or small!


Jacky Cheng

Chemical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . more about campus events and organizations. There were multiple times where I did not know about the existence of certain events and clubs until it was too late for me to participate.

My best strategy for student success is . . . to surround yourself with dependable friends who will be there for you through the ups and downs.


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 best strategy for student success is . . . to find good hard working friends who will help you study. But also find time to unstress and enjoy the college experience.


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 best strategy for student success 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 best strategy for student success is . . . to have a study schedule and stick to it.


Adrian Lucas

Mechanical Engineering

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to get around campus better. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . time management. Being able to manage time efficiently will help you be prepared for classes and exams, be less stressed during the year, and allow you to plan out times for school and time for yourself.


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 best strategy for student success is . . . determination and perseverance. Hard work will never betray you!


Abbie McGarvey

English and Psychology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . my way around campus better.

My best strategy for student success is . . . time management.


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 best strategy for student success is . . . to stay on top of school work.


Sakeema Payne

Advertising

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how much I would miss home.

My best strategy for student success is . . . get out of your comfort zone. Take risks to achieve your goals.


Sravanthi Prattipati

Business Admin / Finance

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . how to contact the clubs on campus. I wish I knew 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 best strategy for student success is . . . get involved. College is what YOU make out of it.


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 best strategy for student success 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 best strategy for student success 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 best strategy for student success 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.


Alex Salazar

Molecular Biology

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . that it is okay to ask for help. There are plenty of resources available on campus and there are many people here that want to help you. If you don't understand something, reach out until you find what you are looking for. You shouldn't have to do things alone. There is always someone there to help. 

My best strategy for student success is . . . look for a strong circle that wants you to succeed; whether that be friends, a club on campus, etc. Having a strong circle is important because you will have the support that can help you get through the years you spend at SJSU.  


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 best strategy for student success 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 best strategy for student success 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.


Jessica Umeh

Biology

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

My best strategy for student success 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 best strategy for student success is . . . utilizing the Pomodoro Technique. 


Zoher Yusufali

Communication Studies

When I started at SJSU, I wish I had known . . . more about the technological resources available on campus.

My best strategy for student success is . . . put in enough time and dedication into anything you set out to do,  and always think in an abstract and unconventional way.