What is an Academic Coach? Do you need one?

What is an Academic Coach? Do you need one?

 

Academic coaching is an interactive process that focuses on the personal relationship created between the student and the coach. The coach challenges the student to think about his or her personal and/or professional goals in order to relate them to his or her academic/educational goals. In this learning process, it is important for the coach to encourage the student to become more self-aware by understanding his or her strengths, values, interests, purpose, and passion.” -National Academic Advising (NACADA) 

According to a 2011 study by Eric Bettinger and Rachel Baker, “college completion and college success often lag behind college attendance.” Bettinger and Baker say that a reason students struggle to succeed in college is they often lack key information about how to be successful.

Academic coaching is a service provided for undergraduate and graduate students with a trained academic coach who can help you improve your study skills and performance. An academic coach will listen to your needs and concerns as a student and work closely with you to develop personalized academic goals and suggest tools, resources, and strategies to assist you in reaching those goals. Investing in an academic coach improves the odds that students will make the best use of their time in college. Graduate and undergraduate students are expected to be able to manage themselves and their time independently and to be prepared for more rigorous academic challenges.

Academic Coaching versus Tutoring

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Introducing Stephanie and Her Road Map to Grad School

Introducing Stephanie and Her Road Map to Grad School

My name is Stephanie, and I'm working on my Masters of Science in Counseling (LPC) at SMU. I've taken a somewhat indirect path to graduate school. In fact, my undergraduate degree is in Writing & Rhetoric. I was especially interested in editing and creative nonfiction, but I often felt like I was on a road trip without a map--like I wasn't moving towards a meaningful destination. I finally had to admit to myself that I was interested in working with people and their stories on a deeper level than I could reach through editing and writing.

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Hi Stephanie! Glad to be on this journey in your cohort. My own story is leaving behind a life spent in 33, 34 really, years of en... Read More
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Hi Jsulli214--good to hear from you! It definitely takes courage to trade a successful career to go down a new route and follow yo... Read More
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I had to think about what self-care really is. For my last year of work, and first year of school, grad school WAS my self-care. T... Read More
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Note-Taking Methods for Grad Students

Note-Taking Methods for Grad Students

Graduate school can be overwhelming, as most of you already know.  There are classes and seminars to attend, research to do, labs to complete, exams to study for, and comps to take.  I’m sure if there was something that could make your routine easier, you’d be up for it, right?  Well, here’s your chance to simplify your life, if only just a little bit, by learning which method of note-taking will work best for you.

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A Pep Talk to the Overworked Grad Student

A Pep Talk to the Overworked Grad Student

Feel like your advisor is working you into the ground? Perhaps you have come to the conclusion that graduate programs have complete disregard for their students’ personal lives and that they intentionally and ruthlessly work their students like slaves. I won’t attempt to deny these accusations, but I do believe in seeing the bright side to any unfortunate situation. Below I’ve outlined a little pep talk to encourage you on your quest for that coveted postgraduate degree.

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New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 2

New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 2

Perhaps you’re anticipating entering your first year of grad school or maybe you’re just starting your graduate career. There’s a lot to take in during your first couple years, but now is the perfect time to become the superstar job candidate when you graduate.

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New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 1

New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 1

Perhaps you’re anticipating entering your first year of grad school or maybe you’re just starting your graduate career. There’s a lot to take in during your first couple years, but now is the perfect time to become the superstar job candidate when you graduate.

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Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Your graduate advisor is a human being (I have scientific evidence to confirm this…in an unpublished manuscript) and as is common for human beings, they tend to avoid things that are difficult or aversive.  Your long, rambling, obsequious, and convoluted emails with statements disguised as questions and vice-versa qualify as both difficult and aversive to address, and so will be avoided.  

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The Imposter Phenomenon

The Imposter Phenomenon

During our graduate orientation, our program director told us, “You may feel like comparing yourself with each other throughout your time here, but let me assure you: compare your success with yourself and no one else. Your success depends on you and you alone.” Even though I remembered this advice, I still found myself comparing myself to others in my program. There always seemed to be the “golden boy” or “golden girl,” whose words were infallible—always prompting praise from professors. I felt I could never measure up to those people, and soon became discouraged. I thought that I didn’t deserve to be in graduate school, and it was sheer luck (or misfortune) that I was there. Sound familiar?

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