Academic Success Consultants

Academic Success Consultants are peer mentors who help students achieve their academic goals through improved study skills and strategies. Meet with a Academic Success Consultant to learn tips for time management, creating a study guide, note-taking, exam prep, and stress tolerance. Whether you need help with something specific or just want to learn some new tips and strategies, they can help.

Make an appointment with an Academic Success Consultant below:

Tony Chau
Tony Chau
Major: Science Management

Talk to me about organization, study guides & research

Hi friends! My name is Tony Chau, and I am a senior studying Science Management. On campus, you will find me most involved with 1Gen, CMC’s first-generation college organization focused on programming relevant events. Lastly, as a native-born San Diegoian, my three favorite hobbies are spending time at the beach, watching the latest football games, and seeking the next best-value restaurant. I am excited to join this team because it provides me a platform to help all students address their questions related to study habits and best practices. Talk to me if you need any help, especially if it’s around organization and study plans.

 
Uddhav Gupta
Uddhav Gupta
Major: Economics-Accounting & Psychology

Talk to me about econ, math, psychology, research & organizational tech tools

Hey! My name is Uddhav Gupta - a sophomore at CMC studying Economics-Accounting and Psychology. While I’m originally from India, home has been Indonesia - the land of beaches and islands - growing up. When I’m not in class, you’ll see me rehearsing as part of the Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company, researching at the Kravis Leadership Institute, enjoying some great food and a talk at the Athenaeum, or simply indulging in a good TV show. Other interests include travelling, finding the best restaurants around, playing the piano, reading, and photography. I also love trying new things - this semester, it’s sailing at Newport Beach on Sundays!

 
Kelly Keene
Kelly Keene
Major: Biology & Literature

Talk to me about creating a study guide, research, student-athletes & sciences

Hey! My name is Kelly Keene and I am a sophomore at CMC dual majoring in Biology and Literature. I'm from Seattle, Washington, aka the promise land for Starbucks and rainy days. Although I'm a big fan of the So-Cal life, I still miss the greenery and necessity for rain jackets back home. When I'm not studying you can usually find me in the gym greeting you at the front desk or practicing with the CMS Women's Basketball team (sco 'Nas!). As a self-described nature enthusiastic, I love everything and anything outdoors -- come on one of my trips for Outdoor Initiative if you're looking for a great way to distress and make some memories! Also, I strongly believe dogs are one of the best things on earth, so please feel free to show me all the photos of your pups. Transitioning to college can be difficult for anyone and I am eager to help other students ease that transition. Whether it's organization, study skills, writing, research, distressing, or what-have-you I am happy to help! Let's meet and see what we can come up with to make your college academic experience the best it can be.

 
Mitchell Kirsch
Mitchell Kirsch
Major: Psychology & Studio Art

Talk to me about growth mindset, life balance, stress tolerance & student-athletes

Salutations! I am a sophomore residing in Berger Hall (come check out my weekly quotes posted outside room 316B for some motivation and wisdom). I am a sleep enthusiast (9 hours a night baby!!), vegetable consumer, and love Psychology and Art (my majors). If I am not in my room reading about psychology, you can probably find me walking around campus without shoes or working on my jump shot in Roberts. By the way, I am growing out my hair for a year because I am all about that growth mindset! I would love to talk to you about taking pride in mistakes, befriending stress, ways to balance school and sleep, and so much more!

 
Ellery Koelker-Wolfe
Ellery Koelker-Wolfe
Major: Biochemistry

Talk to me about science, time management, student-athletes & stress tolerance

Hi y’all! I’m a senior majoring in Biochemistry with a sequence in Really Cool Classes. Though I love a good molecule, I enjoy reading and writing as well, especially when I get to weave together different branches of knowledge. Home is Atlanta, Georgia or on the basketball court with my fellow Athenas. I love talking about Game of Thrones and frequently quote The Office. I spend most of my time at Roberts or at the sandwich bar at Collins. As a science student and an athlete, I’ve learned important lessons in time management and stress tolerance. I’d love to share some tips and tricks with you!

 
Kelly Lyons
Kelly Lyons
Major: Science Management & Public Health

Talk to me about note-taking, organization, time management & test-taking strategies

Hey y’all!! My name is Kelly Lyons and I’m a sophomore studying Science Management and Public Health/Health Ethics. I’m from Houston, Texas, home to humidity, the best barbecue sauce, and incredible tex-mex. On campus, you can find me trying to speed walk in heels to a meeting for SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting, studying in Beckett Lounge, or hanging out on Athearn Field with friends or homework. I love watching crime tv, exploring campus/Claremont/SoCal with my friends, and face timing with my cat, Charlotte. I had an untraditional high school experience that helped me develop skills and strategies to better organize myself and manage my time in the less-structured environment of college. Whether it is for better organizational skills, note-taking strategies, study habits, time management or something else, I’m looking forward to helping students customize our tips and tricks to fit their college experience. I am really excited to be working with the team to help students not only be more successful academically but have more time to explore all the opportunities at CMC!

 
Danielle Dominguez
Skyler Sallick
Major: Government & Media Studies

Talk to me about organization, study guides & research

Hello! My name is Skyler and I am a sophomore at CMC, dual majoring in Government and Media Studies. I grew up in New England and am very much a “New Englander,” but California has definitely become my home (much to my family’s chagrin!). I love to think critically about the balance between innovative technology’s rich potential and its ability to have a negative impact on society. Throughout high school and into college, I have worked on a variety of projects, doing both education-based and policy-based research, that have explored technology’s ability to function productively within society. Outside of school, I love to sail with my family and spend time in the sun. I am also very passionate about dogs, particularly my wiener dog, Peaches! On campus, if I’m not talking to someone about tech law or puppysitting professors’ dogs, I am probably listening to a politics related podcast. More so than anything, I absolutely love to learn. However, learning how to learn is not as simple as going to class, and that was something I spent a lot of time figuring out. Planning, organizing, researching, reading, and writing are things that I have learned to love and have helped me learn how to learn. Come chat with me and we can figure out what will work best for you!

 
John Soranno
John Soranno
Major: Economics

Talk to me about economics, scheduling & time management

Hi everyone, I am John Soranno and am a Sophomore at CMC. I am majoring a little niche major called Economics. I am a born and raised Minnesotan and the only Minnesotan on campus who will say that they did not come here because of the weather. I miss the cold. I am a big skier and love spending time in the mountains, whether it’s driving around in the local ones or trekking up to Mammoth for a ski weekend.

Throughout both high school and college, I have worked with a lot insightful educators who have helped me form my habits and I l am looking forward at the opportunity to share some of them with you as well.

 
Kandace Fung
Qinfei Zou
Majors: Philosophy and Public Affairs

Talk to me about international students, time management, work-life balance & test prep

Ni Hao! I am Qinfei Zou. I am an international student from Xi’an, China, a city famous for Terracotta Warrior and amazing local food! I am currently a sophomore at CMC majoring in PPA (Philosophy and Public Affairs). Outside the classroom, I spend most of time brainstorming and solving problems at SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting, practicing cases for CMC Mock Trial, and directing/experimenting a play for Chinese Theater Club! Dancing, watching Korean drama or eating sushi/poke on the lawn in front of Scripps Dining hall is the best way for me to relax. 

With so many interests and unavoidable barriers in language and culture, I had a hard time adjusting to college and managing my time efficiently during freshman year. Fortunately, through this struggle, I developed many effective strategies for time-management, test preparation, work-life balance and distressing. That is also why I am so excited to join this program to share my strategies with you and help reach your best potential!