The Center for Student Assistance has the ability to pair you with a peer academic coach (PAC), an undergraduate student just like you who will serve as your mentor at NIU. Your peer academic coach can offer you student-to-student tips, invite you to workshops and provide support in a safe environment.
Peer academic coaches can provide individual coaching on:
Study strategies, test-taking skills and good academic habits
Setting yourself up for success with time management skills
Adjusting to online courses and using remote technology
Avoiding procrastination and staying motivated and focused
Midterm and finals preparation
Reaching out to faculty regarding course questions
To schedule an appointment, search for through our peer academic coach list of availability and select the time and date that works best for you. Appointments can be virtual or in-person. PACs also are available for walk-in appointments, Monday-Friday, at the Peters Campus Life Building Room 150, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Our peer academic coaches for the spring 2024 semester include Trinity Anderson, Christina Annerino, Tylo Blackburn, Ashley Fryer, Maria Luisa Rivera and Vi Tran.
Academic Success Mentoring
The Center for Student Assistance also provides personalized academic success mentoring. Our graduate assistants and peer academic coaches are available to create personalized success plans for each semester to help meet the goals students have for inside the classroom, outside the classroom, and on the road to graduation and beyond.
Academic success mentors can aid students with:
Setting goals and regularly assessing your academic progress
Connecting with resources and faculty through self-advocacy
Developing work-life plans and self-care check-ins
Preparing to meet with your advisor and plan your degree path
Regular meetings to gauge semester progress
Brainstorming post-graduation goals and steps that can be taken
To schedule an appointment with an academic success mentor please complete our initial form. Walk-ins to the Peters Campus Life Building Room 150 will be accepted as staff is available.