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Learn how to succeed in college!

Come meet with an academic coach. We can help you start your semester off right, help you improve and develop skills, and help you learn how to succeed in college. The last day for a Spring 2017. appointment is April 17

What is academic coaching?

Academic Coaching can be defined as the one-on-one process of helping a student examine academic concerns and perceived barriers to success. Coaches provide students with semester-long academic support in areas such as time management, procrastination, test preparation, and note taking and reading strategies. They work individually with students, assess their strengths and needs, and devise a personalized plan of action.  

 Academic Coaches are graduate students. Coaches have excellent oral and written communication skills who are trained in evidence-based strategies to facilitate each session. The academic coach works to empower the student towards positive behavior change. Students typically meet with an academic coach for 3-4 appointments/semester in order to test out new techniques provided by the coach and to report back on the success of such techniques. The goal of coaching is to promote an individual’s self-efficacy and confidence during their time at ISU. Coaching is provided year round, including in the summer term for NO cost.

Our program's learning outcomes are assessed throughout the semester.

What are students saying?

Coaching helped me find balance between school and life.

Academic Coaching helped me find what study methods are best for me and develop a mindset that allows me to more productive.

As a result of coaching, my time management and ability to not procrastinate both highly improved.

I got two A's in college for the first time. I just needed someone else to help me get it together. They were great.

How do I arrange a coaching appointment?

To schedule a coaching appointment, please call 515-294-6624. All coaching appointments are in 1060 Hixson-Lied Student Success Center (view campus map).

Online resources we frequently reference are also available on the website under Academic Resources. You are encouraged to use these resources on your own, but we are happy to help you understand how to apply these ideas and strategies to fit your needs.

No-Show/Cancellation Policy

We understand circumstances arise, however in order to maximize the number of students we serve through academic coaching appointments you will not be allowed to miss or cancel more than two appointments per semester. If this occurs we will be unable to schedule appointments for you for the remainder of the semester. If you cancel at least 24 hours prior to your appointment it will not be noted as a cancelled appointment.

Contact Us

If you have a question regarding Academic Coaching, call our office (515-294-6624) or contact our staff directly.

Name Title Email
Chelsey Gates Program Coordinator, Academic Coaching and Outreach cgates@iastate.edu
Nicole Hayes Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach psychga2@iastate.edu
Alec Jordan Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach aigrad2@iastate.edu
Julia Lapham Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach aigrad3@iastate.edu
Madelyne Losby Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach psychga3@iastate.edu
Kathryn LundgrenPracticum Student, Academic Coachaigrad4@iastate.edu
Nellie Moualeu Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach psychga4@iastate.edu
MaKayla Schroeder Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach aigrad1@iastate.edu
Meredith Tittler Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach psychga1@iastate.edu