Academic Programs

Academic Skills Peer Coaching

Will set you up for success by:

Working with students one-on-one to help them develop and hone the skills needed to succeed in college and beyond.

Academic Skills Peer Coaching

Peer coaches are here to help undergraduate and University College students stay organized in online classes, find a study routine, learn about evidence-based study strategies, communicate with instructors, manage test anxiety, and more!

Click here to schedule a meeting with a Peer Coach. (Peer Coaching will run through the last day of classes – Friday, December 10.) You will be prompted to log in with your WUSTL credentials to access the scheduler, and you will have the option to select a video or in person appointment. In person appointments will take place in one of the small conference rooms outside the Learning Center’s office on the lower level of the Mallinckrodt Center. Peer Coaching appointments must be scheduled in advance; there are no drop-in hours at this time.

Please note that the scheduler displays all times in your local time zone. Here are the coaches’ hours in US Central Time:

Nick Blake, nicholasblake@wustl.edu
Mondays from 4-6pm
Specialization area: Reading strategies

Alexa Schlau, alexaschlau@wustl.edu
Tuesdays from 4-6pm
Specialization area: Students with disabilities

Amy Hattori, ahattori@wustl.edu
Tuesdays from 5-7pm

Emille Taylor, emilletaylor@wustl.edu
Wednesdays from 4-6pm

Annie Liu, annie.liu@wustl.edu
Wednesdays from 6-8pm

Natalia Linares, nlinares@wustl.edu
Thursdays from 5-7pm

Scroll to the bottom of this page to read more about your Peer Coaches!

Other Academic Skills Resources

In addition to Academic Skills Peer Coaching, the Learning Center offers robust services to help undergraduate students achieve their academic goals. The resources/services featured on this page can help you achieve specific goals and complement your participation in our other Academic Programs. We provide support for a variety of academic skills, including:

  • Study strategies
  • Time management and productivity
  • Note-taking
  • Avoiding procrastination and increasing persistence
  • Collaboration
  • Managing test anxiety
  • Approaching instructors (and other course-related resources) and utilizing office hours effectively

Academic Skills Self-Assessment

The Academic Skills Assessment can help you identify your strengths and opportunities for growth. This survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and you can take it as many times as you’d like in order to track your progress throughout your college career.

Your results, which you will receive via email after completing the survey, are confidential and are intended for your own personal reference, though you can also choose to forward them to an Academic Skills Peer Coach or Learning Center staff member prior to meeting with them.

Online Resource Library

Our academic skills resource library includes videos, worksheets, apps, and more! You can filter by specific academic skills (study strategies, time management, etc.) or browse the entire collection.

Meet with a Learning Center Staff Member

Learning Center staff are also available to meet one-on-one with University College students and answer questions about academic skills resources. Email learningcenter@wustl.edu to set up an appointment with a staff member.

Visit the Writing Center

The Learning Center does not offer any dedicated support for writing. You can visit our campus partner The Writing Center for all your writing support needs!

Meet Your Peer Coaches

Alexa Schlau

I’m Alexa and I’m a junior from New York. I am double majoring in   Psychology and Communication Design. As a peer coach, I want to help students achieve their academic goals and introduce new strategies that I have utilized and have helped others.

Amy Hattori

Hi, I’m Amy (she/her)! I’m a junior from Atlanta majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Writing and Spanish. I love late night talk shows, which shaped my interest in the role of religion in comedy and entertainment. I became a peer coach to help others gain confidence in their skills needed to succeed in college!

Annie Liu

Annie (she/her) is a junior hailing from the smallest state as an MD/PhD prospective majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology and minoring in Chinese. Outside of academics, she really enjoys conducting research in her immunology lab, participating in different WashU organizations, and volunteering. In the little free time she has, Annie likes to exercise and find lesser known but interesting places in and around St. Louis.

Emille Taylor

My name is Emille Taylor and my pronouns are she/her/hers. My hometown is Memphis, the land of the best music and barbecue! I am currently a junior double majoring in Statistics and American Culture Studies and minoring in Educational Studies. I hope to become an educator in either Memphis, St. Louis, or Baltimore and use statistics and research to further understand the importance of educational/racial equity within and between schools. I look forward to serving as a peer coach to help students build confidence within their academic skillset!

Natalia Linares

My name is Natalia Linares (she, her, hers) and I am a junior from a suburb of Chicago. I am double majoring in Biology and Cognitive Neuroscience with the hopes of going to medical school after I graduate. A fun fact about me is that I am a citizen of three countries! I decided to become a peer coach to help those feeling overwhelmed with the college transition, just like I did, and give them the reassurance that others gave me to keep going!

Nick Blake

I’m Nick (he/they). I’m a senior studying Psychology with minors in Human-Computer Interaction and Design. I have a deep interest in product design, music, and film. As a peer coach, I’m excited to connect with students and encourage the growth of their academic skillset.