Academic Coaching


What is Academic Coaching? Academic Coaching is a working partnership that focuses on the "process of learning". Together with an Academic Coach, students examine their learning styles, strengths and current barriers to success. The coach generates process thinking based questions to trigger problem solving. Then together this team (coach and student) work to create and put in place more effective strategies. The aim is to heighten awareness of what it take to achieve academic success and anchor this with new strategies, a supportive relationship, and personal accountability.

Who would benefit? Academic Coaching is for students seeking additional academic support, a mentoring relationship, or help utilizing resources and securing academic goals.  Students at any level that are devoted to improving their study habits should consider academic coaching.

How do I schedule an appointment? At this time, we can only offer Academic Coaching to those advised by First Year College and Academic Advising Services. Let your advisor know if you are interested in setting up an appointment with an Academic Coach.

Coaching structure: Academic Coaching provides organizational assistance and educational strategies designed specifically to help students improve their academic performance. Through weekly meetings, students are offered continual support to improve their overall academic standing and evaluating their strengths, study habits and goals. 

Topics discussed will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Time Management: Manage procrastination by setting achievable goals and schedules
  • Effective Note Taking: Learn the best way to take and organize notes for your learning style
  • Study Skills: Go beyond memorization by using deep learning methods
  • Test Anxiety: Reduce stress and test anxiety by taking control of your learning
  • Effective Resource Utilization: Find resources for supporting your short and long term goals
  • Test Preparation: Demonstrate knowledge by improving your test-taking strategies

Questions? Please contact us at and we will respond as soon as possible.

Want to be a coach? Please email LeNelle Patrick, Academic Coaching Coordinator, at and please include your resume in your email.


Resources for Academic Success


NC State Resources

*University Tutoring Center

*Tutoring by Subject 

Counseling Center Groups

Pack Study in First Year College Commons

General Study Skills Strategies:

* offers many study skills resources and links available at including specific learning and study strategies from a range of subjects. Click on the "Resources" tab for all the categories of information available.

*Virginia Tech has a wonderful site full of Study Skills self-help information 

* provides over 100 learning skills study guides, translated into 20 languages. 

*Visit the Study Skills library at California Polytechnic State University. Topics include how to get better sleep, time management, test preparation and test taking.

*Conduct a Time Management Audit to help improve your time management skills (University of Minnesota-Duluth).

*Study skills videos from Dartmouth College. Cornell note-taking system, stress management, reading improvement, and strategic learning.

*How to get the most out of college video series from Samford University. 

*Learning and Memory. An overview of how learning and memory are connected, from Duke University.

*Directions for a Five Day Study Plan


Test Anxiety:

*One of the best resources is Beating the Big Bad Wolf (requires a flash drive), a multimedia test anxiety presentation from Austin Community College. Note: Beating the Big Bad Wolf will take a minute to unload. 


Learning Style and MBTI Learning Style:

*The Vark is an excellent guide to learning styles, complete with questionnaires and help sheets for studying and learning tips for each style.

*North Carolina State University has a great learning styles questionnaire 

* Knowing your MBTI Learning Style 


Strengths assessment

VIA Character Strengths 



How to Calculate your GPA:

How to Calculate a GPA and How do I calculate my major GPA?This link will open in a new window at North Carolina University