Preparing for your Appointment

Important information regarding the continuation of Academic Coaching during online instruction.

Academic Coaches will continue to conduct coaching sessions between March 23 and April 3. All coaching sessions will be held virtually through WebEx. You can find the login information for WebEx here:

New appointments can still be scheduled during this time, find instructions below. Please e-mail to schedule, reschedule, or if you have any questions regarding Academic Coaching.


Academic Coaching is designed to help you achieve your goals. Consider some of the questions below as you prepare for your appointment.

Before your first appointment consider:

  • What questions do you have about the coaching process?
  • What would maximize the coaching experience for you? What outcomes would you like to see? What would a successful appointment look like for you today? (Be sure to share this with your coach!)
  • What change(s) would you like to see as a result of working with a coach? For example, here are some things that other people have worked on:
    • Creating a time management system that works for you
    • Determine a plan to study for upcoming exams
    • Identifying learning techniques that are most effective for you
    • Creating a plan for finding academic opportunities (research, study abroad, etc.) or becoming connected to other relevant campus resources
    • Setting goals and creating structure to meet those goals

When returning for a follow-up appointment:

  • How was your week? How have you been since your last appointment?
  • What progress have you made? What insights or observations have you had?
  • How are you doing on your goals or action items? If you didn’t make progress – that can be helpful, too. What did you notice about where you got stuck?
  • What would you like to work on this time? What are you going to focus on next week?

Maximize the value of your coaching session

Remember, academic coaching is designed for YOU.

If the conversation is not going in a direction that feels useful, feel welcome to let your coach know you’d like to talk about something else or move in a different direction.

Take notes or ask the coach to help you take notes during your session or at the end of the session so you can capture ideas you’ve brainstormed and you take away a list of action items and next steps.

During the week, keep these notes handy and refer to them to keep you on track with your planned action items.

*information above adapted from Oregon State University Academic Success Center

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, call our office (515-294-6624). For questions related to academic coaching, please contact our Coaching Staff at

Adriana GonzalezAssistant Director, Academic Coaching and