An Academic Coach works with students to develop effective learning strategies. This person is not specialized in the course content, as a tutor may be. His or her role, instead, focuses on the learning process, the “how” of learning. An Academic Coach works with students to:
assess reading and writing
augment time management
set and achieve goals
develop effective study habits
improve note taking and test taking skills
enhance academic planning
What specifically does an Academic Coach do?
An Academic Coach meets with students individually to discuss their current academic strategies. During these meetings, students should bring calendars, planners, syllabi, tests, notes, etc.
The Academic Coach and student will discuss areas of strength and areas of concern. Regular meetings, allow both parties to monitor progress, reassess goals and strategies, and develop a plan that adjusts to the student’s changing needs. The Academic Coach also conducts workshops on a variety of topics.
Who might benefit from an Academic Coach?
The short answer is “everyone,” but we especially encourage students who are new to La Salle, have large demands on their time, and who want support and accountability as they establish new academic skills.
Why and how might I access academic coaching?
You may be referred to academic coaching by your adviser, professor, cohort staff, or assistant dean. You may also schedule a Peer Academic Coaching appointment directly at any time in Starfish.
To schedule directly with a peer academic coach, go into Starfish in the portal. Then look for Peer Academic Coaching in your Services list. You can click on that Service to then schedule an appointment. Contact Melissa Gallagher if none of the available appointments work with your schedule.