A peer mentor is someone who has skills you can learn as well as experience being a successful student within an environment you both share. Learning all their tips and tricks can be a great way to strengthen your academic skills, too.  No matter how great your writing was in high school, writing at a college level is entirely different than anything you've likely experience before. So it's no wonder you (and lots of other students) need a little help! Don't be embarrassed to stop in and ask for someone to look over your writing whenever you have a big assignment coming up. (And really, what assignment in college isn't big?) What is more lame after all - stopping in to get help so you can rock that essay or not stopping in when you had the chance and then having to retake your class. You may think you can do all of your research online in your room. And that's partly true -- you can do research online in your room. But especially in case you are struggling in a class or two, that likely is not enough.

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Librarians, especially those on a college campus, are wicked smart and know all kinds of amazing things. Let them show you how to get your research done quickly, what resources are available to you, and all kind of other things that will blow your mind. It's just awkward talking to a professor about how your struggling in his or her class or admitting to someone with a Ph.D sometimes.  That's where peer advisers come in. Peer advisers are often trained fellow students on campus who are really good at certain topics -- and who are willing to help other students for whom the material does not come as easily. You can talk to them about what you need help with while not worrying about being judged or looked down on. It's not uncommon for one student to excel in one subject and his or her friend to excel in another. Look around your social circle to see who is good at what -- and how you can help each other out. For example, you might be an awesome writer but have some kind of brain block when it comes to statistics. And your friend down the hall might be the exact opposite. Set up an hour or two a week where you both can help each other out. Don't forget that, just like you can be your own worst enemy in certain situations, you can also be your best ally. Figure out what you do well and see how you can incorporate that into what you're struggling with. Are you good at staying organized? While getting help from others in figuring out the details, motivate yourself to stay on target toward your big goals. However, tap into the resources that are available for you so that your need for help doesn't turn into a mistake that ruins your college career, no matter what you do.