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 CAPS students get and stay organized, develop 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.

You will be prompted to log in with your WUSTL credentials to access the scheduler. All Coaches are available for video appointments; in person appointments, if available, will take place in or near 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 Peer Coaches’ hours for the Spring 2024 semester:

Sofía Then: Mondays from 4-6pm
Ad’mirel Durden:
Mondays from 6-8 PM
Mallorie Goodwin: Tuesdays from 6-8 PM
Amanda Yu: Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 PM
Kidest Eshetu: Thursdays from 6-8 PM
Da’juantay Wynter: Fridays from 1:30-2:30 PM
Bella Gomez: Fridays from 3-5 PM

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.

Academic Skills Workshop Series

During the Fall and Spring semesters, our Peer Coaches lead a series of workshops about time management, organization, study strategies, and more! During these interactive sessions, Peer Coaches provide evidence-based strategies to help students reach their academic goals, share their own experiences, and answer students’ questions on a wide variety of topics. Information about these workshops is usually available about a month after classes start, and details can be found on our Workshops page, Announcements feed, and virtual calendar.

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 CAPS students and answer questions about academic skills resources. Email 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

Ad'mirel Durden

Hi, my name is Ad’mirel (Add-my-ree-l) Durden (she/her)! I am majoring in Sociology with minors in Political Science and Legal Studies, and I am also learning how to play the piano. I became a Peer Coach because I want to be a resource for my fellow peers. As a first-generation college student, having guidance and support from other has been instrumental in my time at WashU and I hope to provide that support to others.

Amanda Yu

Hey! My name is Amanda Yu (she/her/hers) and I’m a senior from Chesterfield, MO (about 20 minutes from WashU.) I’m majoring in Biology – Neuroscience with a minor in Healthcare Management. A fun fact about me is I’m on the club swim team here at WashU! Aside from classes, I work in a research lab on the med campus and love to travel and cook. I decided to become a Peer Coach to help aid and support students in their transition to college!

Bella Gomez

Hi! My name is Bella Gomez and I use she/her pronouns. I am a sophomore with a double-major in Latin American Studies and Global Studies on the development track, and a minor in Educational Studies. I am originally from Miami, FL but I live in New Jersey now. I am a Danforth Scholar at WashU and I am involved in many service organizations including MentorSTL and Alpha Phi Omega. I’m a big sports fan and you can always find me at a Blues game in the city or supporting our new STL CITY soccer team. I work in the Learning Center as a Peer Coach and Student Advisory Board member, and I am also a Bear Ambassador in the admissions office! I’m looking forward to meeting you all and providing students with the tools they need to succeed at WashU!

Da'juantay Wynter

Hello! My name is Da’juantay Wynter and I am a rising sophomore with an intended major in Education and American Culture Studies. I am a First-Generation Low-Income student from Sacramento California. Here at WashU, I have been able to explore my passions for service and equity through being an elected member of the Student Union Senate where I serve as chair of the Campus and Residential Life committee, Black Anthology Philanthropy Chair, member of WashU Political Review, student representative to University Dining Services, member of Faculty Library Council, and member of Library Student Advisory Group. I love talking to people and hanging out! I joined the Learning Center team in October 2022 as a Student Assistant and I’m excited to continue supporting students as a Peer Coach!

Kidest Eshetu

Hello! My name is Kidest Eshetu and I use she/her pronouns. I am a junior currently majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology and Writing. One of my favorite hobbies is writing, and I enjoy writing short stories and historical fiction pieces! I became a Peer Coach because I enjoy being able to aid my fellow peers and provide support and service to the WashU community. I hope to further continue to help students thrive and succeed here at WashU!

Mallorie Goodwin

Hi! My name is Mallorie Goodwin and I use she/her pronouns. I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Legal Studies. In my free time, you can find me sewing, spending time with my friends, or working with Alpha Phi Omega, my service fraternity. I became a Peer Coach because the role combines two of my favorite things, learning and service. I am so excited to share my passion for these two pursuits with all of you through my time with the Learning Center!

Sofía Then

Hi, my name is Sofía (she/her)! Currently, I’m a junior majoring in anthropology with a minor in biology on the pre-med track. After undergrad, I am interested in pursuing an MD-PhD in anthropology. I grew up as a military brat, moving around the U.S. and Japan with my family. In my free time, I enjoy exercising and taking care of my many houseplants! Helping others thrive is something I am extremely passionate about. I am looking forward to helping students smoothly transition to college and succeed at WashU!