The TRSM Academic Success Centre employs upper-year students to act as Peer Academic Coaches (PACs) throughout the year. PACs coach students one-on-one to enhance their academic success and gain study strategy skills to carry them forward to graduation.

Hear directly from our PACs about why they love helping fellow students navigate their academics.

Tiffany Chan

Hello! My name is Tiffany and I am a Peer Academic Coach (PAC) at the Academic Success Centre (ASC) at TRSM. At the end of our training in September, we were asked to describe how we were feeling about starting our new role in one word, and I chose honoured. That feeling still stands after my first few shifts, and here is why:

As a student myself, I know the struggles that we face having to balance school with other commitments, such as work, extracurriculars, chores, sleep, friends and family. It can all be overwhelming at times, but I know that with a little bit of time management, motivation and study strategies, I can power through and succeed. Being a PAC gave me a voice, a place where I can share what I’ve learned and help others overcome their personal academic struggles. The students I meet are always very appreciative and tell me how they already feel they have taken a step in the right direction by coming to see me, which makes my day. I feel honoured to be in this position where I can make a positive difference in the lives of other students.

Being a PAC has encouraged me to be the best version of myself. I’m a big believer in “practice what you preach” and in the PAC role, I want to lead by example. I don’t feel it is fair to advise others to do something if I cannot do it or haven’t tried it myself. Outside of my PAC working hours, I aim to be the student that I encourage others to be: to manage time well, to study effectively, but also maintain balance, health and well-being. I feel honoured to work in a role that encourages self-development and inspires me to reach my full potential.

If you’re interested in helping others and becoming a better student, I highly recommend applying to be a Peer Academic Coach at the ASC. I truly feel honoured to be working for the Academic Success Centre in this role. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with the Ryerson community and improve yourself overall.

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Tiffany Chan is a 3rd year Business Technology Management Co-op student. Throughout her undergraduate years, she has taken leadership roles in student associations like WITM (Women in Information Technology Management) and RyeBeauty (Ryerson’s Official Makeup Club). Tiffany is passionate about photography, travelling and learning. She is very proud to be working at the Academic Success Centre, motivating other students to improve their academic performance and providing them tools to succeed. She has previously worked as an ITM100 (Intro to IT) course facilitator, welcoming first year students in the BTM program and smoothing their transition to university.