Student Academic Assistance

COVID-19 update

Our Academic Coach and Peer Counselor programs are continuing. Requests to meet with a coach or counselor can continue to be submitted.

We are working to keep our campus safe and healthy. The best way to contact the Center for Academic Success is through email:

Visit MSU’s COVID-19 Information Center for more information, FAQs and links to resources.

Do you need help with study skills or want to talk with another student who's been where you are? Our Academic Coaches and Peer Counselors can help!

Request to meet with an Academic Coach or Peer Counselor

Academic Coaches

An Academic Coach is invested in the success of students. Coaching is a working partnership that focuses on the process of learning to be organized, meet deadlines, prioritize projects, and manage time to reach goals. Like an athletic coach, we help students become “even better” in their academic and professional skills.

With an academic coach, you can expect to explore your learning styles, habits of working, and current difficulties or barriers to success. We promise to:

  • Help you identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Assist you with academic and career goal setting
  • Develop your study and time management habits and other skills to ensure success
  • Connect you with other campus resources, as needed*

Ready to meet with an Academic Coach? Use our form to request to meet with an Academic Coach. We'll respond within two business days.

Are you a faculty or staff member concerned about a student who is struggling academically? Use our Academic Care Team referral form to send an alert so we can offer targeted academic assistance to the student. Learn more on our Academic Care Team page.

*Thanks to University of Kentucky and Iowa State for their helpful approaches to coaching.

Our Academic Coaches

Cassandra Thompson and Shontavia Mason can be reached at

Peer Counselors

Peer Counseling is a special program focusing on peers helping peers. Peer Counseling is a free service available to all undergraduate students who wish to share a problem, need referral information, or just want to talk to an unbiased listener. The role of a Peer Counselor is to discuss problems with students and help them find answers to their questions about MSU. The service is staffed by three students who are active listeners and are knowledgeable about the campus resources available to assist students.

Are you worried about anything at all? We can talk it through with you. We are located in Meyer Library 116 (Center for Academic Success and Transition).

Ready to meet with a Peer Counselor? Use our form to request to meet with a Peer Counselor. We'll respond within two business days.

Our Peer Counselors

Rhiannon Casey, Michael Rexroad, and Alexandria Givens can be reached at
2019 Peer Counselors at information table

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