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Peer Academic Coaching for Mathematics & Statistics

Support for MA 100, 108, 111, 113, 200, 211, 215; MS 104

Room: CIS 233

Peer Academic Coaches are available to help you develop your content knowledge and study skills.  There is no need to sign up.  Simply stop by!


Sun (7-9PM) Mon (7-9PM) Tues (9-11AM) Wed (7-9PM) Thurs (7-9PM)


Katie Yan '22

Mathematics & Statistics PAC Captain

Katie Yan

Major: Mathematics & Biology

About me: I’m also a ballet dancer and enjoy baking! 

Why PAC?: I want to explore teaching mathematics in the future and PAC is a great way to start!

Favorite class and why: Differential Equations with Rebecca Trousil!  I loved learning how calculus could be applied to biological systems and I continue to do research that uses concepts I learned in this class. 

Academic advice: Take risks.

Alex Carney '22

Emily Luo '23

Major/Minor: Neuroscience Major / Math Minor  Emily

About me: I was born in Guangzhou, China and grew up speaking Cantonese. In my free time, I love playing violin, running, and reading! I’m pursuing a career in medicine.

Why PAC? As much as I think of being a PAC as a teaching moment, it’s also a learning moment for me as I work with my peers! I can’t wait to contribute to the progress of others and hopefully provide advice that is applicable not just within math homework but in any academic setting. 

Favorite class and why: Intro to Neuroscience (NS101) with Professor Vecsey - I took this class on a whim when I couldn’t get into one of my top choices freshman year and it was the best decision I could have made because I would have never discovered my passion for learning neuroscience and neurophysiology otherwise!

Academic Advice: Don’t hesitate to talk to your professors and mentors when you’re having a tough time. I know from my own experience how challenging it can be to admit you need help, but everyone does at some point, and being open with your professors brings you one step closer to finding a solution or compromise together.

Cecily Szady '22

Major: Biochemistry minor in Mathematics Cecily

About me: Hey! I’m Cecily Szady. This is my first year being a math PAC and I’m so excited. Ive loved math ever since I was a kid. When I was younger I would say I want to be a “math magician” when i got older instead of a mathematician :) I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Why PAC?: I wanted to join PAC because they have been so helpful with my transition into Skidmore and adjusting to college level work and I want to be able to help people in the same way I was helped.

Favorite class and why: My favorite math class so far has been Calc II. I really enjoyed the project we did with the 3-D printers! I made a yoyo, all from calculus. It was by far one of my favorite academic experiences at Skidmore. 

Academic advice: The best academic advice that I have received is to not be afraid to ask for help. Being able to recognize when you need help and where to go is a very useful life skill that can be carried out of an academic setting as well.

Hunter Wasser '23

Major: Political Science with Statistics (and probably Philosophy) Minor  Hunter

About me: I'm an avid backpacker and skier, and this summer I'm learning to mountain bike. I also enjoy playing guitar, solving crosswords, and playing games (both board and video varieties).

Why PAC?: I really enjoy helping others learn and grow in their knowledge of a subject I enjoy. Plus, I get to help create a space where ideas and creativity can flow.

Favorite class and why: Either Bayesian Statistical Modeling because of the unique perspective it brings to statistics or Comparative Policing because of how much it taught me about our law enforcement/legal institutions (and how much we need to change).

Academic advice: Know your limits, but seek to expand them. Always make your well-being a top priority, but remember that the most rewarding things in college (and life) are hard. Confidence helps too—remember that you can do hard things!

Lydia Watkins '24