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Academic Coaching

What is Academic Coaching?

Coaching is different from tutoring.  Wikipedia explains it as "a more collaborative approach" to improve learning. "Coaches help students learn how they best learn and how to operate in an academic environment. Tutors help students learn the material in individual courses while coaches help students learn how to be successful in school. Coaches work with students, not just those who are struggling academically. Some highly motivated, high-achieving students will have a coach to improve their learning efficiency."

*, August 25, 2010.

Why Coaching Might Be Helpful

  • University students face challenges that they have never before encountered.
  • Many students struggle with the change in perspectives required by the new “culture” of higher education.
  • Some find the change even more difficult because of disabilities or learning differences.
  • Strategies for getting good grades in high school/academy are not working here.
  • Most, if not all, students find themselves outside their individual “comfort zones.”

Examples of Issues Approached in Coaching

  • Figuring out why grades do not match effort
  • Effectively managing time
  • Adapting study skills to individual needs/styles
  • Managing stress
  • Developing individualized test-taking strategies
  • Getting learning needs met by analyzing professors with various lecture styles/philosophies/perspectives
  • Using textbooks effectively and efficiently

Process to Receive Academic Coaching 

  • Set an appointment with the Disability Services Coordinator (DSC) for an interview/assessment. 
  • To expedite the process, fill out the Application for Academic Coaching before coming to see the DSC.
  • Bring to the appointment current tools you are using, such as your planner and materials from a class you are currently taking.