COVID-19 Updates:

Academic Coaching

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COVID-19 Announcement: Academic Coaching will take place online via the platform GoBoard. Stduents will schedule appointments through TutorTrac. Once the appointment is scheduled, will receive a link to access the appointment. Once checked-in, they will be connected with their Academic Coach.

For more detailed instructions on how online Academic Coaching sessions work: watch this presentation.


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 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!

What topics will we cover?

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

To review some of the resources or strategies our Academic Coaches may implement, please review our resource page. These resources are also great tools for distance learning students, as they can walk you through the steps and strategies provided in-person by our Academic Coaches.

Academic Coaching is now available for the Fall Semester. 

Fall Service Hours:

9:00a - 8:00p

9:00a - 4:00p

Online Appointments Only

Download the instructions for scheduling and managing appointments in TutorTrac and activating text alerts.

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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.

An academic coach assists a student.

Who are Academic Coaches?

Academic Coaches are high achieving UC upperclass and graduate students 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 then provided resources and support by a learning assistance specialist in order to encourage success-building practices and habits in their students.
You can review coach qualifications and specialties here!


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 in their GPA.

  • Students working with a coach 7+ times improved their average GPA by more than 2/3 of a letter grade during the 2013-2014 school year. That’s the difference between a B+ and an A grade point average!
  • Students completing more than five appointments saw an increase of nearly a full point!

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].
extremely helpful and very knowledgeable.
amazing and can without a doubt help anyone with the right mind stay on track.
well prepared, [with] good studying exercises and activities. Opened my mind to many things.

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If you have additional questions, please email Michela Buccini