Academic Coaching

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What is Academic Coaching?


Academic Coaching is designed to connect students with peers in a one-on-one mentoring approach that supports academic success.  This academic mentoring relationship is designed to help the student become proficient in their use of specific study skills while also building confidence in their own abilities.

   Why meet with a Peer Academic Coach?

  • Develop good academic habits that allow you to succeed
  • Receive helpful tools and resources you can use to meet your goals
  • Receive academic accountability and encouragement throughout the semester

   What can an Academic Coach help with?

  • Organization
  • Time Management
  • Note-Taking
  • Test Taking
  • Reading Strategies
  • Study Strategies
  • Accountability
  • Other strategies related to academic success.

What does a meeting with an academic coach look like?

The goal of academic coaching is to get to the root of a student’s problem or concern. Once the problem is identified, the academic coach will discuss different strategies with the student that will strength their ability to succeed academically. After the discussion, the student is guided to set practical goals surrounding the topic. The student has the opportunity to make another appointment, in the future to evaluate their progress. These additional meetings can result in revisions of the goal, or they can result in celebration of growth. All meetings are students directed, to make sure that the students needs are met.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a coaching appointment?

There are two main ways. The first is to use our handy link at the bottom of the page. The second is to go to theRock>campus services>academic support>schedule an ALPHA writing or CAPSS academic coaching appointment. When you get to the page, first time users have to make an account to sign up for an appointment. Make sure you sign up in the first row. The rows below that are for ALPHA appointments, not CAPSS. We look forward to meeting with you!

How much does academic coaching cost? 

It doesn’t cost anything extra! One of the costs that goes into your tuition is for any academic support you might need. This extends from ALPHA tutoring, to subject tutoring, to academic coaching. So it won’t cost anything out of pocket if you decide to make an appointment.

Is academic coaching basically tutoring? 

No, it isn’t. You get a subject tutor when you want extra help in a specific class. Academic coaching seeks to help you develop skills that will aid you in all your classes. For example, time management, note taking, or accountability. These are just a few of the things we offer help with. However, we can’t offer tutoring for a specific class. and we can’t help you out with a detailed project. (We can, however, help you organize your time to make sure you complete a detailed project).

How often do I need to come in for coaching?

That is up to you. Some people come in once, to get some quick strategies and stay on the right track. Some people come in consistently throughout the school year. This way they know they have someone to be accountable to. Most people do a mixture of both. We work with individuals to determine different options that might work best for them.

What is the purpose of Academic coaching?

The purpose is to equip you with the skills you need for college. This involves a lot of personal analysis and goal setting. It’s a little different for each person because each person have different strengths and needs. It is highly-student driven, so we work with you to come up with a plan for long-term success.


Are you ready to make an academic coaching appointment? Just click here.


 Do you have more questions about academic Coaching? Interested in being connected with a Peer Academic Coach?

Contact  the Passport to Success Program manager, Jonathan Flaa (N4230, or for more details!