Carnegie Mellon University

What is an Academic Coach?

Academic Coaches (ACs) guide fellow students in developing more effective and efficient study skills. They work with students both in one-on-one appointments and in workshops. ACs are carefully trained to counsel students in time management and organization, overcoming procrastination, taking lecture notes, preparing for exams, avoiding stress, and memory strategies.

What does an Academic Coach do?

  • Assists students in acquiring and implementing effective learning skills
  • Conducts individual study strategy sessions
  • Conducts study strategy workshops
  • Attends all scheduled meetings with supervisor
  • Models outstanding student behavior and successful academic practices
  • Works 3-10 hours per week

The benefits of being an Academic Coach

  • Develop stronger leadership skills
  • Improve your own study skills while helping other students to improve theirs
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Gain satisfaction from helping other students to succeed academically
  • Paid on-campus position after training


  • Punctual
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • A commitment to helping other students learn
  • Satisfactory completion of AC training course


Selected applicants participate in a pass/fail training course in an interesting and fun setting. Trainees will receive 4.5 units for satisfactorily completing the nine week training course. The course includes training in: the Information Processing Study System (IPSS), study skills instruction, role playing, mock workshops as well as general program practices and procedures.