Academic Peer Coaching

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The Office of Engineering Academic Services (EAS) is excited to offer free academic peer coaching for all Clark students. 

Academic Peer Coaches (APCs) are upperclassmen Maryland Engineering students who have been successful in foundational engineering courses. Their goal is to connect you with the resources you need to accomplish your academic goals.

Our coaches can help you with:

  • Strategies for navigating your semester coursework
  • Time management
  • Note taking skills
  • Internship tips
  • Test preparation and test anxiety
  • Wellness resources
  • Tutoring options
  • Goal setting

Our academic peer coaches are available everyday of the work week! You can meet with a coach virtually on Monday/Tuesday/Thursday and in-person in 1131S Glenn L. Martin Hall on Wednesday/Friday every week.

Additionally, we have drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 9am-5pm, where you can come to our office and meet with a coach without making an appointment first. 

Schedule an appointment today!

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Watch the video below to learn more about the Academic Peer Coaching program!



Meet the Coaches!


Rakin Alim

Rakin Alim is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He completed his associate degree in mechanical engineering from Montgomery College and then transferred to the University of Maryland. He is currently pursuing electrical engineering and he is in his junior year. His favorite courses are ENEE 205 (Electric Circuits), and ENEE 244 (Digital Logic Design). He is interested in FPGA and embedded systems. He will be working as an electrical engineering intern at Research Robotics in the summer. In his free time, he likes to read books, play soccer, and listen to music. He also enjoys watching history-based documentaries and movies. Mentoring students and helping them navigate to success brings him joy.

Matthew Weirich

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Matthew came to UMD to study electrical engineering and pre-law. He is currently a junior and is excited to pursue a career as a patent attorney but has worked internships in the EE sector at the Naval Research Laboratory and ExxonMobil. Some of his favorite classes include ENEE 244, ENEE 150, and ENES100. Matthew also is a part of the QUEST honors program and the Snider Consulting group and would be happy to help students explore both technical and non-technical careers with their engineering degrees! Outside of peer coaching, he loves to cook, play sports, hike, weightlift, and rock climb! 

Bintou Koroma

Originally from Fulton MD, Bintou came to UMD to study Bioengineering. She is a senior and is interested in drug development and pharmaceuticals. She is currently completing student work in the field at Astrazeneca! Her favorite courses include MATH241(Calculus III), BIOE232 (Bioengineering Thermodynamics), and BIOE437 (CAD Bioengineering). When she is not serving as an Academic Peer Coach, Bintou enjoys binge-watching tv shows, catching up with the NBA, and spending time with family and friends.

Jamil Takieddine

Jamil, better known as “Jimmy”, is originally from Lebanon where he spent most of his life before relocating to the US during his senior year of high school. Now a junior majoring in Computer Engineering, he possesses a keen interest in melding technology and business to foster more sustainable solutions. On campus, Jimmy is actively involved in several organizations, notably the Honors Global Communities LLP, the QUEST Honors Program, and the Clark School of Engineering. Come Fall 2023, he's set to embark on a new journey as a Teaching Assistant (UTF) for ENEE244 (Digital Logic Design), a role he eagerly anticipates. Beyond his academic pursuits, Jimmy is an ardent Manchester United supporter, and he cherishes watching and playing soccer. His passions also encompass learning new languages and traversing the globe whenever the opportunity arises.