Academic Coaches

Meet the Coaches

Our peer coaches represent a variety of majors. Select someone who matches your current program, or meet with any of our coaches that seem like a good fit for you! All coaches are trained to actively listen and to ask thought-provoking questions, so you can't go wrong no matter who you choose!

Photo Name Bio
portrait photo of Abbey Abbey

My name is Abbey and I’m a junior at Oregon State studying entrepreneurship and minoring in Spanish. I’m from Corvallis and absolutely love this community. I plan to open up my own restaurant or non-profit here someday. Some of my favorite hobbies include dancing, cooking, eating, hiking, watching CW dramas, reading, fitness, travelling, and adventuring in the outdoors. I also work at the College of Education on campus and have been involved in several on-campus organizations. I have Type 1 Diabetes, so I can relate to students who are struggling with the balance between having a disability and engaging in the classroom.  I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Coach Gina Gina

Hi! My name is Gina Garcia, I am a graduate student in the College Student Services Administration Program at OSU. I am from a small town in Northern California, just 1 hour North of San Francisco. I graduated with my degree in Psychology in Spring of 2016 and decided I wanted to pursue a career in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I enjoy helping students as they go through their undergraduate experience and hope to have a positive impact on their journey!  In my free time, I also enjoy working out, hiking, swimming, traveling, eating and simply relaxing. I look forward to meeting you!

Jack Hey there! I’m Jack, one of the Academic Coaches working in the Academic Success Center. I currently am a senior in Bioengineering and International Studies, hoping to attend medical school after graduation. Meeting new people and learning about their experiences is something I look forward to, and this is one of the reasons I became interested in coaching. Besides coaching, I also enjoy playing the trombone and occasionally playing some soccer. Feel free to ask me anything about coaching or the Academic Success Center if you ever see me on campus!
Karen portrait photo  Karen

My name is Karen, and I am from Hood River, Oregon. One cool fact about my hometown is that it is considered the world capital of windsurfing! I don't windsurf, but I am hoping to learn this coming summer (summer 2017). I am currently a Junior and I just switched my major to kinesiology. I am still not sure what career path to take, but I do know I want to work in the health field. I really love to spend time with my family, whether it is staying home and watching movies or going on adventures together. My hobbies include drawing, going to the gym, going on hikes, questioning the purpose of life, and binge watching tv shows. I also have two very furry bunnies that are really adorable!

Marc Marc's Bucket List: -Get born and grow up in the Willamette Valley -Have a wonderful family to enjoy spedning time with -Serve on active duty in the U.S. military -Graduate from OSU -Adopt the world's coolest cat and name it Shady -Watch the Beavers win the Rose Bowl (next year!) -Run in the New York Marathon -Attend as many Elvis Costello concerts as possible -Invent time machine (next year)
 Paola portrait photo Paola

Hey there! My name is Paola Mendoza and I am currently enjoying the remainder of my undergraduate experience here at OSU. I’m majoring in Sociology with an option in Crime and Justice. My minors will soon be completed in Psychology and Spanish. Outside of academics, most of my time is dedicated to my beloved family, but I also enjoy reading novels, developing my amateur photography skills, and going on long hikes. I have a passion for anything dance/music related and going to concerts. Recently, I have picked up mastering my guitar skills and American Sign Language. Lastly, I don’t miss many opportunities to stay active nor to watch another episode of my latest Netflix infatuation. One day, I hope to make a difference in people’s lives.

 Sarah portrait photo Sarah

Hi all! I’m Sarah! This is my third year coaching! I was an Academic Learning Assistant the last two years and this is my first year working out of the ASC. I graduated in Spring 2016 with degrees in Exercise and Sports Science and International Studies. I conducted my undergraduate research during my study abroad in West Africa at a health clinic for people with disabilities. I am now in the process of applying for osteopathic medical school and hope to become a family doctor. I love coaching because it gives me a chance to meet a variety of people, learn about multiple perspectives, and celebrate with students when they reach their goals. When I’m not studying or coaching, you can find me playing guitar, snowboarding, swimming, cuddling a friend’s dog or cat, or watching gray’s anatomy.

 Tasha portrait photo Tasha

I have my undergraduate degree from OSU in Sociology and am currently a graduate student in Human Development and Family Sciences. I have been teaching here at OSU for the past few years and have taught both online and on campus classes. I love working with students one-on-one, so I started tutoring student athletes last summer and am excited to be an Academic Coach this year. The coaching model is a great way for me to combine my passion for helping others with my interest in personal growth and critical reflection. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my daughters, walking my dogs, and doing yoga.

Wendy portrait photo  Wendy  

Hi! My name is Wendy Barrios, my pronouns are she, her, hers, and I am a post-baccalaureate student getting a second bachelor's degree in Ecological Engineering. I grew up in Potomac, Maryland, and I got my first degree at the University of Southern California, located in Los Angeles. I did trail work in Montana as part of an Americorps program. I came to OSU to shift my professional endeavors to involve scientific solutions for environmental problems. Besides coaching, I am also involved with Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers where we focus on serious things like professional development and networking, but also do fun activities like industry tours and intramural sports. Last year, I was a Community Relations Facilitator where I did social justice workshops in my residence hall. I enjoy baking, sewing, gardening, being outside, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts. If I were to be sorted at Hogwarts, I'd be Hufflepuff!

Supplemental Instruction

studying in the library

What is Supplemental Instruction (SI)?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program that offers peer-led, group study tables for challenging courses. Supported courses change each term, and the box to the right lists this term's supported courses. If you sign up for a study table, you will meet with your group once a week for 50 minutes, weeks 2-10 of the term.  Study tables are led by SI Leaders who are students like you who have taken and succeeded in the course in a past term.  SI Leaders attend lectures the entire term and are trained in active learning strategies that can help you succeed in the course.  Study tables differ from lectures in that they are highly interactive; students engage in a variety of learning activities to understand and master course concepts.

How can Supplemental Instruction help me?

SI provides you with extra time outside of class to study in a comfortable, small-group setting.  At study tables, you can ask questions, work with peers to answer questions and solve problems, and engage in structured activities that promote learning.  Your SI Leader attends all the lectures and understands the course's challenges, so they are well-prepared to help you figure out study skills and success strategies that will work for you.  Our data show that students who participate in study tables at least 5 times or more per time, on average, receive final grades 1/3 to ½ a grade higher than students who do not participate. Through SI, you can deepen your understanding of course concepts, participate in a supportive learning environment, and gain the skills and confidence you need to succeed in the course.

How do I register for and attend study tables?

If you are in a course supported by SI, you can participate for free.  Week 1, you will see an SI representative in your class who will share information about the program.  After their presentation, you will receive an email with a link to the SI registration website.  When you log in, you'll be able to view the full list of study table times available to you.  Be sure to choose a time that works for your schedule throughout the term. Though you can sign up in the weeks following the email, study tables fill up fast—often within a few hours of the invitation email being sent—so be sure you sign up early!  All study tables are held in the North Study on the 2nd floor of the Beth Ray Center for Academic Support.  When you get to the North Study, look for a whiteboard with your course and SI Leader's name on it.

What are students saying?

"I really enjoyed the study tables. I am so much more confident with the material this term. I so appreciated [my SI Leader's] enthusiasm and encouragement to be CONFIDENT in my answers! I like that it is so laid back and we are encouraged to work together, because I found that often if I have a question, many others have the same."

"The interaction with the study table leader and my fellow students was very helpful. We all worked together to answer questions and explain things when needed. I really liked having an additional place to talk about the [course]."