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 helps students identify and utilize new learning tools and strategies to help meet their academic and personal goals.

Academic Coaching is a service 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 helps students identify and utilize new learning tools and strategies to help 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:

  • Help students establish priorities and set goals
  • Teach strategies for organizational management
  • Encourage use of daily schedules and routines
  • Support students through various decision-making processes
  • Increase awareness of procrastination and identify ways to get back on track
  • Identify strategies for breaking down projects into manageable and achievable tasks
  • Assist with exam preparation and test-taking strategies

Academic Coaching sessions are not:

  • Subject tutoring
  • Paper-editing workshops
  • Individual course tutoring
  • Personalized homework assistance
  • Quick fixes/instant improvements for academic struggles

To fully benefit from the coaching experience, students must commit to attending appointments on time and consistently. They must also follow through by implementing 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)