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Academic Coaching for Graduate Students

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 various skills such as:

  • Managing your time:
    • Balancing coursework, research and professional development opportunities
    • Applying for jobs and internships
    • Techniques for comprehending course content
    • Maintaining accountability
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Managing priorities
  • Becoming more productive
  • Preparing for exams

The Academic Coaching program collaborates with various graduate programs to offer workshops in a variety of study skills topics. Students can choose to attend one or more workshops that are available year-round. For individualized assistance, students can request an initial consultation with the Academic Coaching Coordinator, Mike Poljak.


Watch for emails about our workshops and how to register for them.

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 are simple:

  1. Students sign-up for a consultation with a staff member.
  2. Students will receive an email with the day and time of the initial consultation.
  3. After the initial consultation, an Academic Coach will be assigned to meet with you, as needed.