Learn how to succeed in college!
Come meet with an academic coach. We can help you become organized, improve and develop skills, and learn how to succeed in college.
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.
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.
How do I arrange a coaching appointment?
Students can now schedule their first academic coaching appointment through ISU appointments.
- Log in to AccessPlus
- Click on the red “Student” tab
- Locate “ISU Appointments” from the listing in the menu on the left-hand side
- Read the message on the screen and click “Continue”
- From there, please click the blue "Schedule Campus Appointment" button
- When asked to select "Appointment Type" please select Academic Success Center
- When asked to select "Reason for Appointment" please choose ASC: Academic Coaching- First Appointment (if you choose any other available option, no times will populate. After your first meeting, your coach is responsible for setting up all future appointments).
- When asked to "Select Staff Member", please leave that blank
You can also call our office at 515-294-6624 and one of our front desk assistants would be happy to set up your first appointment. 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.
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.
Please arrive to your appointment at least 10 minutes before the start time. Our staff reserves the right to mark a no-show and or reschedule an appointment if a student is more than 10 minutes late to their appointment.
Dates for Spring 2020: Last day to schedule a first appointment with an academic coach is April 10th. Last day to attend a first academic coaching appointment is April 17th.
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 be 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.