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
Resources/Tips for Common Issues Students Face
NC State Resources:
General Study Skills Strategies:
*There are many study skills resources and links available at including specific learning and study strategies from a range of subjects. Click on "Resources" for all the categories of information available.
*Virginia Tech has a wonderful site full of Study Skills self-help information
*There are over 100 learning skills study guides. The site also contains translations of many of these study guides in more than 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).
*More study skills videos from Dartmouth College. There are short videos on Cornell Note-Taking system, stress management, reading improvement and strategic learning.
*Here are some videos about How to get the most out of college video series
*Homework Organizer (Iowa State University) is to organize when homework is due for each course.
*Learning and Memory-what is the connection www.duke.edu/arc/documents/Learning%20and%20Memory%20handout.pdf (Duke University)
*Motivationed Skills Worksheet is a quick and easy way to identify the motivated skills that are central to personal and career satisfaction and success.
*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-Beathing 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
How to Calculate your GPA: