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Peer Academic Coaching

Peer Academic Coaches (PACs) are upper-year students trained to share study skills tips and to mentor and help fellow students navigate their academics. We tend to hire PACs who are not only academically successful, but have also overcome their own obstacles, so they can relate to what other students go through.

Meeting regularly with a PAC is a great way to stay motivated throughout the academic term, as it is very easy to start with great energy but run out of fuel later in the term, when classes and assignments become more demanding and challenging.

Students often report feeling more comfortable talking to their peers about their academic needs. With that in mind, they can request an appointment with PACs directly. They may also be referred by the TRSM Learning Strategist after a learning consultation, as a way to keep engaged and give continuity to a proposed academic strategy.

To book an appointment, visit the Academic Success Centre or call 416-979-5000, ext 2435, or email

This Fall, we’ve hired a fantastic team, and our PACs are very keen to support student success and motivation. Meet your PAC team!

Anthony Ngo

Anthony is a 5th year student in the Business Technology Management Co-op program. He has previously worked as a Peer Academic Helper and worked to facilitate student learning with specific courses in BTM. To further improve his leadership skills, he has decided to become a Peer Academic Coach in his final year and to share his academic and work experiences in order to help other students. In his spare time he enjoys watching and playing sports as he is a big Raptors and Leafs fan. Anthony is excited to help and meet new students.

Samathra Rocke

Samathra is a 2nd year TRSM student in the School of Business Management. Her chosen major is Law and Business with a minor in Finance. Apart from working as a PAC, she volunteers as a Peer Mentor for the Tri-mentoring Program. Although Samathra is not an International Student, she identifies strongly with these students. Upon completing high school in her native land of Guyana, she migrated to Canada that same year and immediately enrolled at Seneca College. Because of this, she experienced a culture shock but quickly learnt how to overcome it. She completed her studies at Seneca and graduated with Honours with a Diploma in Accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys reading self-help books, binge-watching her favourite TV shows and baking sweet treats. Samathra is very passionate about helping other students achieve academic success and she hopes to see you at the Academic Success Centre!

Tiffany Chan

Tiffany 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 with the 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 out their transition to university.

Kimberly Lachman

Kimberly is a 3rd year student in the Global Management Studies program, minoring in Finance. Since the beginning of her journey at Ryerson, she has taken leadership roles in the Ryerson Commerce & Government Association, Ryerson University Finance Society and Enactus Ryerson. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, creating art and wandering around the city practicing photography. As an adventurous person, she likes exploring and trying new things. Kimberly is passionate about helping others succeed as well as making a positive impact, and she is sure that this new role will help her achieve that!

Hiba Ahmed

Hiba is a 3rd year student in the Business Technology Management Program. Hiba is a transfer student from York University. However, she did not connect with her program and quickly found BTM at Ryerson to be a better fit. Since then, Hiba has been a strong advocate for the personal development of 1st year students. She holds two roles with the Academic Success Centre; as a PAC and as an ITM 100 Breakout Facilitator. Throughout her undergrad, Hiba has developed a passion for technology, namely Data Science and Analytics. She hopes to pursue a Master’s in Data Science in her post grad. In her spare time, Hiba is an avid cook and likes to experiment with fusion dishes when she needs a break from studying. If she is not cooking, you can catch her re-watching her favourite TV Shows or going for a swim. Hiba is excited to continue her journey with the Academic Success Centre and grow with her students.

Pranta Sarker

Pranta is a 3rd year Co-op student in the Business Management program majoring in Global Management Studies. Following university, he hopes to pursue an MBA in either Global Management or Supply Chain Management. He is currently a member of the Senate Appeals Committee and the Top 200 program. In his spare time he enjoys both watching and playing sports. His favourite sport is basketball and he is a big Raptors fan. He hopes to continue his involvement in the Academic Success Centre and wants to continue supporting Ryerson’s student body.