Coaching aims to develop successful academic skills and is available to all students registered with Student Accessibility Resources interested in improving time management, organization, note taking, test taking, or other study strategies.
What types of coaching services are available to students?
Accessibility Coach - a Staff member from Student Accessibility Resources meets with a student to discuss status in courses, accommodation needs, and refer to campus resources as needed.
Academic Coach - provides one-on-one sessions led by student staff who are trained to help students develop the necessary skills to become successful and self-directed lifelong learners. Areas of focus include time management, note-taking, study skills, test prep, online learning, and goal setting. Students will learn effective techniques for academic success by developing learning and personal management strategies.
What is included with Accessibility Coaching?
Accessibility Coaching is weekly or bi-weekly meetings between a student and their coach to work on the development of skills that can aid in the resolution of academic problem areas. A student Action Plan will be developed to address the problem areas. The action plan will address coordinated steps in achieving academic success by setting goals.
The problem areas, recorded on the student’s action plan, will be targeted by means of skills training, with progress being monitored through progress notes. Information regarding the time and duration of the meetings will be collaboratively determined by the coach and student.
Using the action plan to guide the coaching session, the accessibility coach may use inquiry, reflection, and discussion to help students identify goals and develop strategies. Students will be held accountable by means of homework and other assignments intended to monitor their progress toward the goals set in the action plan. Students are responsible for their own learning and success. While the accessibility coach provides feedback, information, and tasks to assist the student in achieving their academic goals, the burden of compliance with the program falls on the student.
What is not included in Accessibility Coaching?
The purpose of accessibility coaching does not include providing course-specific assistance to the struggling student. If these issues are pertinent to the student’s situation, appropriate referrals can be made to campus resources including Tutoring and Learning Resources, Calculus Tutoring Lab, or the Writing Lab for tutoring and other academic support services. Additionally, if the student needs mental health services they will be referred to Counseling & Psychological Services.
If you are interested in the Accessibility Coaching Program and would like to request a coach, please complete and submit the Student Accessibility Coach Request Form in Accommodate - Student Portal.
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