Academic Coaching

 

The mission of Academic Coaching is to empower UW DRS students to become successful and self-directed lifelong learners. Working 1-on-1, or in a group, with an Academic Coach will help students identify and utilize new learning tools and strategies in order to help students meet their academic and personal goals.

Academic Coaching is a service that Counseling Coordinators can refer current DRS students to when appropriate and space allows. The mission of Academic Coaching is to empower UW DRS students to become successful and self-directed lifelong learners.

Working 1-on-1, or in a group, with an Academic Coach will help students identify and utilize new learning tools and strategies in order to help students meet their academic and personal goals. Coaches help students create their own action plan by identifying priorities and deadlines for the quarter.

In the Academic Coaching Program, students and coaches develop working relationships through scheduled meetings and followup email communications. In the meetings, coaches use a variety of tools to help students improve their time management, study strategies, issues related to attention, focus, and motivation.

Academic Coaches can assist students in the following areas:

  • Establish and maintain daily schedules and routines
  • Develop strategies for breaking down projects into manageable and achievable tasks
  • Help students establish priorities and create goals
  • Teach strategies for organizational management
  • Support students through the decision-making process
  • Increase awareness of procrastination and identify ways to get back on track
  • Assist with exam preparation and test-taking strategies

Academic Coaching is not:

  • Subject tutoring
  • Individual class tutoring
  • Personalized homework assistance
  • Paper editing service
  • Quick fix/instant improvement for academic struggles

To ensure the full benefits of this experience, students must commit to attending appointments on time and consistently. They must also follow through and implement the strategies that have been discussed in the session.

(Many thanks to the USC Kortschak Center For Learning and Creativity, the Academic Success Center at Oregon State University, and learningscientists.org)