Academic Coaching-Academic Development - Carnegie Mellon University

What is Academic Coaching?

Academic Coaching is an assistance program that helps students acquire more effective and efficient study skills. The program is designed to help both students who are having academic difficulty and students who just want to improve their study skills. Student Academic Coaches (ACs) conduct group workshops throughout the semester and weekly individualized sessions that focus on skills such as:

  • Time management
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Taking lecture notes
  • Exam preparation
  • Avoiding Stress
  • Memory Techniques

How Does it Work?

Students can choose to attend one or more workshops or request an initial consultation to have individualized sessions with an Academic Coach.


Workshops are available several times in the fall and spring semesters and cover topics such as exam preparation, time management, preparing for finals, etc.

Pre-registration is required. Check your email in the fall for the workshops we will offer.

Individualized Sessions

Individualized sessions with an Academic Coach (AC) are available to students who want more intensive help with study skills than a single workshop can provide. The steps to sign up for individual sessions are simple:

  1. Students sign-up for an consultation with a staff member.
  2. Students will receive an email with the day and time of the initial consultation and directions on taking an online study skills assessment called the LASSI.
  3. After completing the assessment and the initial consultation, a student Academic Coach will be assigned to meet with students on a weekly basis to target the skill areas that need improvement.

I'm a CMU Student and I Need Help On...

It's normal to feel like you're having to sacrifice something in college, whether it's your school work, sleep, or social life. Many of the problems you may have, however, can be eliminated or alleviated through time management, stress reduction, and strategies to combat procrastination. If you need advice on how to get more sleep, make it to class on time, work in groups, successfully take exams, schedule your work, and much more, you're in the right place! Follow the steps below to find practical, time-tested strategies that can help you not only in college, but throughout your post-college career as well.

Identify a PROBLEM you encounter in your learning.


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