Our mission is to help college students develop the foundational skills to succeed academically

After meeting with dozens of students, testing with thousands of users, and engaging with the current research on learning, we've built an academic coaching app as a way for students to learn more about how they learn.

Students tell us they come away from their 5-minute daily check-in more enthusiastic about their work and with a better understanding of themselves.


Chris Hopkins, Founder

Chris began his career as an engineer and transitioned into consulting, where he led software development and strategy projects for a range of clients, including several major educational companies.

He's served as a mentor throughout his career and as a volunteer because he draws inspiration from seeing people develop their abilities to thrive.

He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, an MS in Engineering Systems from MIT, and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.


Philip Garcia, Founder

Philip is an experienced educational consultant, coaching STEM activities and college planning to high school students. He's helped many students and young adults meet their goals and advance their careers. Previously, he was an engineer at SpaceX for nearly a decade.

He holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.


Debbie Hughes, Senior Content Advisor

Debbie has held multiple roles in the university setting, working both inside and outside the classroom to support student learning. She began her career in academia, teaching history at the University of Illinois, the University of Mississippi, and Guilford College. She later pivoted to student support as a learning consultant at Duke University and is now a director of academic advising at the University of North Carolina. 

She has served on a number of nonprofit boards and enjoys contributing to the development of organizations dedicated to student engagement. 

She earned a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a Ph.D. in British Imperial History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; an M.A. from Purdue University; and B.A. from Florida State University.

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