Academic Coaching

Work with an Academic Coach to build college success practices

Academic Coaching is Open


Academic Coaching will open on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 and will close on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021.

Monday–Thursday: 9am–8pm
Friday: 9am–4pm

Online Appointments Only - your appointment confirmation email will contain a link to the WebEx virtual waiting room. Once checked in, you will be connected with your Academic Coach in GoBoard.

Sometimes students don’t have one course that they find challenging, but they want help getting organized and learning to be efficient and effective with their study time. In these instances, we have more globally-focused, free programs like Academic Coaching. In Academic Coaching, you will book an appointment to meet one-on-one with an Academic Coach for one hour, as often as once per week.

During your first meeting the coach will walk you through a questionnaire to determine your strengths, interests, and areas for improvement. Your Academic Coach will work with you on new strategies or exercises to try before your next meeting. Later meetings will allow you and your Academic Coach to tailor new approaches to develop the best study and test taking habits for your unique goals and strengths.

Hundreds of your peers are getting a head start with their Academic Coach; make sure you don’t miss your chance to make an impact!


Academic Coaching Topics

Academic Coaches will tailor the topics to meet students' needs and goals. However, common issues that our coaches help students address include the following:

  • Time Management
  • Effective Notetaking and Reading Strategies
  • Motivation
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Effective Resource Utilization
  • Wellness and Balancing Priorities
  • Professional Development

Studies demonstrate that students who participate in Academic Coaching are 10 to 15% more likely to persist toward their degree and have higher graduation rates than their peers.


The Academic Coaches

An Academic Coach meeting with a University of Cincinnati student in the Learning Commons

Academic Coaches are your UC peers who have been selected based on their:

  • Interest in working with their peers to achieve academic success
  • Understanding of study strategies and motivation techniques

Academic Coaches are provided resources and support in order to encourage success-building practices and habits in their students.


The Impact of Academic Coaching

Students who participate in Academic Coaching experience a distinct impact! The secret is starting early and being consistent. We’ve found that most students need to complete five or more appointments to see an increase of nearly a full point in their GPA. 

This data applies to students from every college, in all years of their academic career. But, if the numbers don’t convince, listen to what your peers have to say:

My Academic Coach was so kind and explained things so that they were super easy to understand. I felt very comfortable talking with [her].
My Academic Coach was well prepared, [with] good studying exercises and activities. Opened my mind to many things.