Madison Advising Peers

COB Madison Advising Peers (MAP) are College of Business students who care about their fellow students and are committed to helping them achieve their college goals. MAPs work in conjunction with the Academic Success Center by providing supplemental academic advising information and assist other COB students who may have general advising questions, but don't know where to go.   A MAP can be a supportive and friendly resource for students who feel overwhelmed and confused.

What is Peer Academic Coaching?

Madison Advising Peers are available to meet individually with students to empower them to get from where they are now to where they want to be. During a 30 minute one-on-one meeting, students may receive help with: 

  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Study Strategies
  • Learning Styles
  • Notes Taking
  • Testing Techniques
  • Other academic related needs 

Schedule your appointment today

Upcoming Events

Unlocking Your Learning Potential
Wednesday, February 13 

Study Tips and Note-taking Strategies
Monday, February 25th         

Summer School Overview
Wednesday, March 13th     

Progressing in the B.B.A. Core
Monday, March 18th  

Tackling Test Anxiety
Monday, April 15th    

All workshops at 12:30pm in ZSH 243
Workshops are 30 minutes long

Meet the MAPs
Adriana Bolivar, International Business and Modern Foreign Languages (French) double major

Adriana BolivarFuture Career Goals: International Development

Hobbies: Travel, EDM concerts and festivals, learning foreign languages, professional napping

Academic failure and how you turned it around:I struggled a lot going into COB 191. I had never taken a statistics class so while for most people in my class the material was just review and relatively easy, it was all completely new for me and it took me a longer time to understand it. I didn’t take my difficulty seriously at first because I thought I could handle it on my own so I did poorly on the first test. After that, I knew that I needed to improve in that class, not only for my GPA, but also because I needed to be prepared for COB 291. I began to study with groups, read the textbook (not required by the professor, but it helped a lot), and attended office hours every week for extra help. After the next two exams I understood the material so much better and by the time of the final I knew how to do everything.

Paul Young, Finance major

Paul YoungFuture Career Goals: U.S. Government Financial Regulatory Agency

Hobbies: Golfing, Fishing, and Lifting

Academic failure and how you turned it around: When I was a Junior, I was enrolled in FIN 360 which was my first finance class here at JMU. FIN 360 is a difficult class and you need to pass it to graduate as a Finance major. I wanted to do well in this class, so I studied hard for it and always made it a priority. Even with all of the effort, I still struggled on the first test and it put me into a hole that I had to dig out of. I managed to do better on the next tests and assignments to salvage a good and passing grade in the class. I was able to turn it around because I started to focus more on the "quality" of my studying rather than the "quantity". I did this though utilizing office hours, attending test review sessions, and breaking up my studying into shorter, but more often, segments.

Tyler Zogg, Accounting major

Tyler ZoggFuture Career Goals: Certified Public Accountant for a public or private accounting firm

Hobbies:Baseball, Netflix, Snowboarding, Fishing

Academic failure and how you turned it around: Taking Principles of Management as my very first college course proved a difficult introduction to my college career. Being surrounded by upperclassmen as a freshman was intimidating and made me feel extremely lost. I knew I had to get my act together before it was too late, and I began to meet with my teacher as well as my classmates. I was able to learn valuable study skills and truly understand the material beyond simple memorization. My initial struggles taught me that with the right study techniques and a positive mindset, I could get the grade I wanted and be successful in my college career.

Taylor Bowles, Accounting major

Taylor BowlesFuture Career Goals: A Comptroller for the Navy's Department of Defense

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, watching movies and going to the beach

Academic failure and how you turned it around: As I entered my freshman year, I knew I had to complete multiple Gen-Ed’s. This put a lot of stress on my shoulders as to which courses would suit my learning abilities best as well as learning my way around a college life. I quickly learned that mathematics was my favorite subject during high school. As I was introduced to the various gen-ed subjects, I discovered that math was only one of them. I branched out and took anthropology, something which I had no understanding of. This course was one of my toughest, only because I was not fluent in it. I had to spend more time studying and making notes than math, which was was a learning curve. In the end, it was worth every second because it proved that you shouldn’t be scared to try something new, even when it comes to learning.

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