Students Helping Students Succeed

Dec 18, 2012

By Stephanie Sanchez, Communications Specialist

The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries recently launched a program that offers a relatable source for information – students’ own peers.

The Peer Coaches Program, which is funded by a grant from The USAA Foundation with additional support from the Hearst Foundation, targets the issue of students being embarrassed to ask librarians research-related questions. The program trains students to help other students with class assignments that require research.

A lot of students are scared or don’t feel comfortable asking librarians for help, said Luis Jasso, an architecture senior and library peer coach. It’s easier for them to talk to people their age who can relate with their situations.

“I understand what they’re going through because when I started as a freshman, I really didn’t know about all the library resources that could make my life a little easier,” he said. “It’s important for students to be aware of the resources available to them.”

Jasso and the other peer coaches help with anything library-related, from looking for a book to navigating the catalog to using databases. They also organize workshops to offer students research tips. 

“My most memorable experience was giving a workshop…30 people showed up,” Jasso said. “I’m lucky to work with great people who strive for a common goal. We want to do the best for students and improve their time at UTSA.”