Academic Strategy Peer Tutoring (ASPT)

Academic Strategy Peer Tutors (ASPT)

The Academic Strategy Peer Tutoring (ASPT) program is specifically designed to help new students navigate the transition from high school to college.  Academic Strategy Peer Tutors serve as academic mentors and role models and work one-on-one with students throughout the semester to develop academic skills including: study skills, time management strategies, note taking skills, and test taking strategies.

While the ASPT program largely supports first-year students, any student can choose to work with an ASPT. Students who wish to meet with an ASPT should see Ally Chisholm, Academic Success Coordinator, for more information.  


Alli Cerretani


Alli is a senior Sociology major with a minor in Criminology. Her piece of academic advice for first-year students is to "always communicate with your professors."

Ashley Merola


Ashley is a junior English major with minors in Secondary Education and Spanish. She became an ASPT because she "wanted to help students learn and sharpen the study skills they will need to use over the course of their academic careers and their lives after."



Brianna is a senior Math major with a minor in Secondary Education. Her piece of academic advice for first-year students is to "not wish away your college years. Enjoy them, have fun and work hard. Four years really fly by!"

Devon Garufi


Devon is a senior Spanish major. Her piece of academic advice for first-year students is to "go to office hours when you can. Professors notice the effort!"

Hailee McDonald


Hailee is a junior Communications major with a minor in Marketing. She wants first-year students to remember, "You were accepted into FSU because you are capable to succeed here. Don't lose faith in yourself, even if the road to success is a little bumpy."



James is a senior Psychology major. His favorite thing about being an ASPT is "learning the different desires and needs each person has to achieve their vision of success."


Elementary Educations/Math

Victoria is a senior Elementary Education and Math major. Her favorite thing about being an ASPT is being able to "see the pride illuminate a student after reaching and accomplishing their goals."


Food and Nutrition

Jane is a senior Food and Nutrition major. Her piece of academic advice for first-year students is to "Take it day by day. It takes time to get familiar with how college works. It will get easier!"

Kalyn Cochran

Elementary Education/Psychology

Kalyn is a junior Elementary Education and Psychology major. She wants first-year students to know "It is going to be trial & error. College is not the same as high school, so students may have to take some time to adjust how they study and work to help them excel."

Lauren Maniscalco

Food and Nutrition

Lauren is a junior Food and Nutrition major. She became an ASPT to "help other students succeed in their college career by providing them with tips and experiences at FSU that have helped me succeed."



Matt is a junior Finance major. He wants first-year students "to realize that college work is very different from high school work."

Tanya Tovar


Tanya is a senior Psychology major with minors in Business Administration and Neuroscience. She became an ASPT "to help, guide, and assist students entering, or in their college careers, better learn how to balance time, be informed, and make smoother transitions."

For questions about ASPT, please contact: 

Ally Chisholm, Academic Success Coordinator

Dr. LaDonna Bridges, Associate Dean of Academic Success