Academic Coaching


What is academic coaching? Academic Coaching is an available resource for students on Academic Warning or facing academic difficulty. Academic Coaching is a working partnership that focuses on the ‘process of learning.' Together with a professional coach, students examine their learning styles, habits of working, and current difficulties or barriers to success. Then together this team (coach and student) works to create and put in place more effective strategies. The aim is to heighten awareness of what it takes to achieve academic success and anchor this with new strategies, a supportive relationship, and personal accountability. 

Check out the biographies for our Academic Coaches!

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 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

If you are interested in working on specific strategies, feel free to check out some of the resources utilized in our meetings.


Who are our Academic Coaches?

LeNelle Patrick

LeNelle has been working in higher education for the past 16 years mainly in academic advising and career planning. She has worked at NC State in First Year College and Academic Advising Services for the past three years as an Academic Advisor and Academic Coach. She enjoys working with college students and exploring their many options. LeNelle earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Child Development and Business Administration. She also earned a Masters of Education in Counseling. When she is not running after her three boys she enjoys reading, traveling and being with family and friends.



Erica Sauls

Erica is currently a first year master's student in the Higher Education Administration program here at NC State. She works as the manager of Information Services for NC State's University Student Centers, and enjoys providing Academic Coaching to students on her days off. Erica graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2012 with a degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Studies.  Most of her free time is spent traveling, hanging out with friends, or playing with her dog, Kiyah.


Resources/Tips for Common Issues Students Face

NC State Resources:

*Univeristy Tutoring Center

*Tutoring by Subject

*MATH 114 assistance


General Study Skills Strategies:

*There are many study skills resources and links available at 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-hep information

*There are over 100 learning skills study guides available at 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 at Topics include how to get better sleep, time management, test preparation and test taking.

*Conduct a Time Management Audit at 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

*California Polytechnic State University provides good assessment of the different ways to take notes, their advantages and disadvantages, and when to use them.

*Here is a resource many students have utilized in college Five Day Study Plan 

*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 (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. 


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-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:

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