About Academic Coaching
Academic Coaching at ACU is a program designed to help students identify and address their academic barriers while simultaneously increasing their academic skills and learning strategies. The focus is not on classroom content, but rather the skills and techniques necessary to be a successful college student. Academic coaching is for anyone who is looking to improve their learning processes and therefore their overall classroom performance. Students must actively participate, engage, and prepare for academic coaching sessions to be effective.
UAP has also created a free-standing resource for students to engage in on their own time.
A maximum* of two 30-minute academic coaching sessions per term/semester** will be provided to students in these categories. During the first session, the coach will review the intake form filled out by the student prior to the meeting and the establishment of an Academic Success Plan (ASP).
The second session (typically held 1-2 weeks following the first) will revisit the ASP and make any needed adjustments. If a student is remote, sessions will be held via Zoom. Students will complete a final survey to evaluate their progress and any additional sessions will be scheduled.
*Academic coaches may request the student continue with sessions if it is determined that the objectives of the ASP have not been met.
**Academic coaching sessions are free to students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can receive academic coaching?
Anyone! However, priority will be given to 1st and 2nd year students, Alpha Scholars, and Athletes. Other students will be prioritized according to need and other critical academic issues that may be going on.
What will academic coaching consist of?
Sessions will be scheduled in 30 minute increments and are intended to be short-term and time-limited to address critical concerns related to online learning, semester grades, or any other academic concerns that may impact their ability to be successful this semester and/or return next semester. Staff will conduct sessions in-person (socially distanced), via Zoom, phone, or email depending on the student’s need and/or preference.
Who can make referrals and what does the process look like?
Referrals can be made by any staff, faculty member, or student. UAP will reach out directly to students with an intake form to better understand the need, and to determine the best mode of communication to address it: meeting, email, phone, or a Zoom meeting.
Who is providing the service?
UAP staff, trained graduate interns, and trained university tutors.
How can I contact the staff about this program?
We are funneling all communication related to coaching to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any other tools or resources available to me?
UAP has created a resource for students to engage in on their own time. There are no assignments associated with the course. You can use this tool to help guide you on your journey.