Academic Peer Mentors

Come Visit our Academic Peer Mentors!

Let’s face it, being a student at Geneseo is hard. There’s a lot that is expected of you. In addition to classes, there are clubs, sports, organizations, intramurals, and on-campus and off-campus jobs all vying for your attention. Never mind trying to make friends and have a social life! Balancing all of the opportunities available isn’t always easy to do. That’s where an Academic Peer Mentor can help!

An Academic Peer Mentor is a current upper-level student at Geneseo, who has demonstrated an ability to learn, grow, and succeed in areas relating to academic and collegiate success. From study strategies to utilizing Degree Works, an Academic Peer Mentor has received training in these areas and has been asked to draw on their own experiences to help their peers navigate Geneseo.

Meet with an Academic Peer Mentor In-Person or Online


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How do I meet with an Academic Peer Mentor?
    1. Virtual and in-person appointments with APMs are available. Follow these directions to schedule an appointment.
  2. What if I have a specific question about class content?
    1. Academic Peer Mentors are not tutors but are valuable resources to teach you skills and to expose you to new study techniques that can help you learn the material for those challenging classes. Be sure to bring your notes and specific questions and they’ll help you put together a practical study plan to get the work done. Additionally, the Academic Peer Mentors can show you how to access all of the in-person and online tutoring resources Geneseo offers.
  3. Will the Academic Peer Mentor tell my professors that I met with them?
    1. No! An appointment with an Academic Peer Mentor is completely confidential and private, an APM will never reveal to a professor, coach, RA, parent or peer who made an appointment.
  4. How to I contact APMs by email? Email

Meet our Academic Peer Mentors!         


Major: Biology, Sociomedical Sciences

Hello! My name is Abby Shafer. I am a junior Biology/Sociomedical Sciences major. I am from a super-tiny town outside of Buffalo. I am a blood drive coordinator for the Red Cross Club. I am also a community building and education lead for Partners in Health. Outside of school, I love hikes with my dog, listening to all kinds of music, and (obviously) watching the Bills. If you ever need help forming new study strategies, coming up with more successful ways to attack a class, or simply want to talk, I'm here!




Major: Biology, French 

Hi everyone! My name is Nora, and I am a Biology and French double major. I am from Brighton, a suburb outside of Rochester, NY. A fun fact about me is that I am adopted from China! I love to read, hike, travel, and spend time with my family and friends. In addition to being an Academic Peer Mentor (APM), I am a captain of the Geneseo Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Escargot. I am also doing academic research on campus. College is a funky time in our lives, don’t be afraid to reach out! 




Major: Sociology

Hi everyone! My name is Abigail but please call me Abbyy! I'm a senior Sociology major, considering a black studies minor. I'm from Brooklyn, NY with a Caribbean background, my parents are from the Caribbean island St. Lucia. I love listening to music, dancing, chocolate, hanging out with close friends, and laughing. I am also a huge Marvel Nut and can talk about Marvel any time of the day, all day :D. My freshman year at Geneseo was unique because of Covid. However, despite the changes and certain limitations, I didn't let those obstacles hinder me from making the most of my freshman experience. I joined a variety of clubs, volunteer work, and going to fun (Covid safe) events where I could still meet amazing people and have a good time. I hope you all too have an amazing time at Geneseo, and a wonderful semester and year!!

Abigail George


Academic Peer Mentors Host Workshops Too!

Consider inviting peer mentors to your next club meeting or residence hall event. They can customize workshops to fit your group. Workshops we can offer include, but are not limited to:

  1. Setting and exceeding academic goals
  2. Bouncing back: Developing a growth mindset when academic setbacks occur
  3. Beyond re-reading the textbook: Effective study strategies to ace that next exam
  4. Overcoming procrastination
  5. Study smarter, not harder

Email us to schedule a session.



Phone: (585) 245-5541


Mailing Address

Office of Academic Planning and Advising
1 College Circle, Erwin Hall 106
Geneseo, NY 14454