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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!

Photo of Parminder Gill, a Peer Academic Coach for TRSM

Parminder Gill

Parminder is a second year BTM student, who is also planning to complete his minor in Finance. He is a dedicated individual with excellent time management skills. Parminder is enrolled in a full time course load, while working as a Peer Academic Coach and holds a job with TD Canada Trust. Being ambitious, he is determined to achieve excellence both in education, career and extracurricular activities. Parminder continues to expand his connections through volunteering for student run groups within TRSM in his spare time and hopes to inspire other students to do the same. His future aspiration is to obtain a role as a Business System Analyst within the Top 500 companies in Toronto.


Photo of Yixuan He, a Peer Academic Coach for TRSM

Yixuan He

Yixuan He is a 2nd year international student in the Business Management program majoring in Global Management Studies. She has a lot of experience and tips to give about the transition as an international student. She also has experience in transferring between Universities, as she was transferred from University of Toronto two years ago to Ryerson. Before taking the position as a PAC at ASC, she worked as a project developer at a high school in Scarborough. Yixuan is keen to share both of her academic and work experience to help fellow students. In her spare time, she enjoys watching TV shows, cooking for her friends and going to gym. Yixuan is excited about her new role as a Peer Academic Coach and she can’t wait to dedicate herself at Ryerson Academic Success Centre.


Photo of Abbasali Habib, a Peer Academic Coach for TRSM

Abbasali Habib

Other than working as a Peer Academic Coach, Abbasali is a peer mentor at the Tri-Mentoring program and loves giving back to the Ryerson community. Back in Tanzania in his home town of Dar-Es-Salaam, he was actively involved in charitable organizations having led the welfare committee of a youth run body that dedicated their time visiting and aiding the less fortunate. This accentuates how much Abbasali values helping those in need.

Being a part of many extra-curricular activities in high school as well as the chairman of the welfare committee, Abbasali intends to use the leadership, time-management and communication skills to help his fellow TRSM colleagues succeed in their endeavours.


Photo of Marko Milenkovic, a Peer Academic Coach for TRSM

Marko Milenkovic

Marko is a 5th year TRSM student, pursuing a major in Marketing Management while completing a minor in Global Management. He has been a member of the Ryerson Rams Men’s Varsity Volleyball Team for four years, allowing him to develop and take his leadership, time-management and communication skills to new heights. In his spare time, Marko enjoys cooking, playing sports and reading. He is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, and he is very excited to use his leadership skills to give back to the community that has helped shape him into the person that he is today.


Samathra Rocke

Samathra is a 3rd year TRSM student in the School of Business Management. Her chosen major is Law and Business with a minor in Finance. 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 and she 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 a Diploma in Accounting- Honours. 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!


Milad Moghaddas

Milad is a 3rd year Entrepreneurship and Strategy Co-op student, minoring in Professional Communication. Throughout his 3 years within TRSM thus far, Milad has fulfilled numerous leadership positions, including; BUS 100: Strategies for Success Facilitator, Student Ambassador for Pearson Education, Peer Mentor for the Tri-Mentoring Program, Breakthrough Program Mentor in affiliation with the Ted Rogers Students’ Society, Co-op Mentor for the TRSM Co-op Peer Mentorship Program, Top 200 Program (Class of 2020) member, and lastly, a member of the search committee for the Associate Dean, Faculty and Academic of TRSM. Through Milad’s diverse involvement within the community, his mission has always been to instil within other students the mentality that they truly have the power to achieve anything they set their mind to, by helping them harness their skills to their passions. Through the personal academic and personal adversity Milad endured upon initially entering TRSM, he wishes to share his experiences and lessons in hopes his peers may gain the resiliency, tools and growth mindset to ensure their academic, professional and personal success.

Jathavi Shanmuganantham

Jathavi is a 2nd year BTM Co-op student, minoring in Music and Culture. Besides being a full-time student at Ryerson, Jathavi is working as a PAC at the ASC and holds a part time position as a Customer Service Representative at Tim Hortons. Prior to becoming a PAC, Jathavi was an ITM 100 Course Facilitator for the Fall 2018 term and has a lot of experience guiding students with study skills and learning strategies. She continues to support the Ryerson AR/VR Association as the Vice President of Corporate Relations and WITM as a Corporate Relations Associate. In her spare time, she enjoys singing for cultural events and watching TV. Jathavi looks forward to working with students of all years towards attaining their academic goals and enhancing their learning throughout their Winter 2019 term at TRSM.