Meet the Peer Coaches

Hometown: Burlingame, CA

Major: Psychology Major, Visual Arts Minor

What you wish you knew before going to college: Go to office hours as much as possible and get to know your professors, they are the ones writing the exams and more often than not will give you hints on how to study for the questions they are writing.

Favorite study tip: Review each lecture after class so it doesn't all add up right before the exam!

Favorite extracurricular activity: Hiking/Camping 

Hometown: Yokosuka, Japan

Major: Higher Education Leadership

What you wish you knew before going to college: As a student whose parents didn't go to school in America, not really having the guidance on what school to choose or the difference between high school and college. I wish I had known that office hours are really helpful, and allows you to ask other questions outside of the class material. My conversations with professors during office hours really helped me figure out where I wanted to go after college and the options available to me with my major. They may be daunting, but professors really do want to see students during office hours! 

Favorite study tip: Treat your self and set a schedule for studying. Whether it's one day a week where you can just sit and study! Take 15-minute breaks every 45 minutes you study. Scroll through social media, eat some cake, whatever you can do to let your mind rest.

Favorite extracurricular activity: I love watching cooking videos, documentaries, or tv shows. I'm not a good cook, but my hope is that I will learn! 

Hometown: La Jolla, CA

Major: Psychology

What you wish you knew before going to college: You have to find something that interests you in every class in college in order to succeed.

Favorite study tip: Organize everything, your brain is like a planner.

Favorite extracurricular activity: Basketball

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Psychology with a minor in Communications

What you wish you knew before going to college: It's okay to get a bad grade on an exam - you are not alone, and everyone goes through their first failure. Many professors are so supportive during office hours that they can help boost your spirits and motivate you to do better on the best exam.

Favorite study tip: Studying 5 days in advance for an exam - prevents you from cramming the night before!

Favorite extracurricular activity: Working with the kids at the Manchester Family Child Development Center

Hometown: Redmond, Washington

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

What you wish you knew before going to college: I wish I knew how to cook prior to college because now I am not only studying for my classes, but I have to study how to make dinner too. Also, I wish I had known how to be more flexible and adaptable before coming to college because the college experience is definitely not linear.

Favorite study tip: I have two favorite study tips. 1) I like to change the location of where I study, because I feel like my memory is heightened when I change study spots. 2) I like to read my notes out loud to enhance the auditory aspect of my learning.

Favorite extracurricular activity: My favorite extracurricular activity is probably playing soccer/running/exercising in general.

Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri

Major: Psychology

What you wish you knew before going to college: One thing I wish I knew before going to college is the importance of not comparing your journey to someone else's. We all have our unique way of working through school and our strategies may not look like others and that's okay! It's important to focus on your own path and what you need to do for yourself to succeed.

Favorite study tip: My favorite study tip is a spaced out studying routine. Spreading out your studying and doing a little bit each day not only helps you understand the material more deeply, but it helps to avoid stress that can come from cramming at the last minute. Try giving yourself 30 minutes each day to review material and reward yourself for being productive and working ahead.

Favorite extracurricular activity: My favorite extracurricular activity involves anything being outside. I love to take my dog Bella on walks to the beach. It's amazing what fresh air and being in nature can do to help manage stress.

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Major: Psychology with a minor in Spanish

What you wish you knew before going to college: I wish I had known that succeeding in classes is partly catering to what your professor wants.

Favorite study tip: Reciting the material I need to know out loud always helps me to remember it better.

Favorite extracurricular activity: I love trying new restaurants in San Diego!

Hometown: Palm Springs, CA

Major: Psychology Major; Film Studies Minor

What you wish you knew before going to college: I wish I knew how fast the time would go by.

Favorite study tip: Designate times to study in advance and take snack breaks!

Favorite extracurricular activity: I love making videos & being outside!

Hometown: Greenwood Village, CO

Major: Psychology major with Italian and Leadership Studies minors

What you wish you knew before going to college: How to set up a wireless printer

Favorite study tip: Study for multiple choice at night and written questions in the morning

Favorite extracurricular activity: Out of State Ambassadors!

Do you want to be a peer coach? Visit the "Become a Peer Coach" link in the left-hand navigation, or contact the Center for Student Success for more information:

University Center, Room 114
Phone: (619) 260-5995
Email: css@sandiego.edu