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 that meet with a student to discuss accommodation needs and refer to campus resources as needed.
Academic Coach - a Staff member from Tutoring and Learning Resources that meet with students to provide resources for academic support such as time management, project management, how to navigate eLearning, etc.
AAP Peer Mentor - Peer mentors are undergraduate or graduate level students enrolled in either the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or RBT programs on campus and are supervised by staff in the Center for Behavior Analysis. They work individually with students participating in the Argos for Autism Program. Peer mentors specialize in providing support and resources for skill acquisition and navigating the university environment as needed
Examples of Focus Topics in Coaching
- Productive use of study time
- Goal-setting for improved academic success
- Reading and notetaking strategies
- Learning test taking strategies
- Other academic skills to improve students' academic performance
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 which 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 homework 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 the UWF Tutoring and Learning Resources for tutoring services, Mathematics & Statistics Lab, The UWF Writing Lab, and to Counseling & Psychological Services for mental health counseling.
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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