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 sign up for a one-on-one meeting with one of our peer coaches! (Peer Coaching will resume the week of February 1, 2021.) You will be prompted to log in with your WUSTL credentials to access the scheduler. Please note that the scheduler displays all times in your local time zone. Here are the coaches’ hours in US Central Time:

Demi Bajelakbajela@wustl.edu
Wednesdays, 4-6pm CST (General academic skills)

Nick Blake, nicholasblake@wustl.edu
Tuesdays, 4-6pm CST (General academic skills; reading strategies)

David Buchinskydbuchinsky@wustl.edu
Mondays, 4-6pm CST (General academic skills)

Alexa Schlau, alexaschlau@wustl.edu
Wednesdays, 4-6pm CST (General academic skills; support for students with disabilities)

Matt Serafini-Lamanna, mserafini-lamanna@wustl.edu
Test anxiety appointments only; no fixed hours
Email Matt directly to schedule a meeting!

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

David Buchinsky

My name is David and I am a senior from Cleveland, Ohio studying Anthropology. In my free time, I enjoy living an active lifestyle, doing research at the medical campus, and being involved within various campus organizations. Navigating the challenges of WashU looks different for everyone and I look forward to exploring what that may look like for you.

Nick Blake

Nick is a junior from Florida studying Psychological and Brain Sciences with a minor in Human-Computer Interaction. He’s interested in gaining insight into the intersection between human behavior and technology.

Demi Bajela

Demi is a junior double majoring in Spanish and Biology-genomics and computational biology track. She is working towards a career in which she would address issues that affect health equity for mothers and children in under privileged communities in order to improve policies and medical care that is offered in these communities. She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. In the future, she hopes to combine her passion for cultures with her love for medicine and research in order to create medical practices that are beneficial to building sustainable infrastructure for each community she works in, both within the United States and in various countries.