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Educational Coaching

What is educational coaching?

Educational coaching is a personalized, one-on-one meeting with a trained Educational Specialist who can help you improve your skills and performance. Working with an Educational Specialist can help you study smarter by developing skills in time management, goal setting, and test preparation.  SASSI Educational Specialists are skilled at asking quality questions to help you evaluate how you best learn, explore perceived barriers to your learning, and assist you in developing a customized academic plan for success. 

What training do the Educational Specialists have?

All SASSI Educational Specialists have academic backgrounds in education and/or counseling and have specialized training in coaching theory and techniques.  Specific training includes Choice Theory and Reality Therapy,  Change Your Questions Change Your Life, and Dare to Lead.  Several of our coaches are board certified or are working toward this certification.    

In what areas can Educational Specialists assist?

Areas of consultation include, but are not limited to:

  • Organization for Learning
  • Error Analysis/Tests
  • Time Management
  • Reading Rate/Comprehension
  • Board Review Preparation
  • Test Taking
  • Memorization
  • Note Taking
  • Learning Styles
  • Test Anxiety
  • Combatting imposter syndrome

How can educational coaching help me?

We think the most important measure of the impact of educational coaching is the feedback we receive from students at UTHSC.  See below for feedback we’ve received on coaching:

I absolutely love my educational specialist. She has been a tremendous help in reducing test anxiety, helping me prepare a study schedule, and stick to it. When we meet, she asks such great questions to get to the heart of what issues I'm facing and helps me problem solve to better prepare for tests. Every minute with her is valuable.

My educational specialist was so friendly and honestly helpful. She gave me at least 3 strategies, specific for me, that I was able to start using. I did see an improvement in my study habits and reduction in stress before my exam. She made me feel more confident in my ability to focus and I will continue to use her advice!

My educational specialist is a wonderful human being who always makes my day so much better and really helps me get to the heart of whatever is going on.  She always takes time to ask about how I am doing outside of school, which is really impactful.  She meets me on my level and carefully evaluates what change is reasonable for me in my study plan. SASSI is great and my educational specialist is amazing.

How can I meet with an Educational Specialist?

Students can meet individually or in a group with a SASSI Educational Specialist to develop personalized learning strategies and discern areas of strengths and weaknesses to enhance success. Appointments are available for students to meet in-person, online, or over the phone during the hours of 8am-5pm CST, Monday-Friday. Educational Coaching/Consultation appointments can be scheduled via phone, email, or by using our online scheduling system.

 

Meet Our Educational Specialists

Kathy Gibbs

Kathy Gibbs, MEd, MS, NCC, BCC
Assistant Vice Chancellor
The University of Memphis—Curriculum & Instruction; Counseling & Personnel Services
kgibbs@uthsc.edu
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” – Brené Brown

Tia Kofahl

Tia Kofahl, MS, BCC
Assistant Director
Northwestern University – Higher Education Administration & Policy
tkofahl@uthsc.edu
“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

Laurie Brooks

Laurie Brooks, MS, CRC
Educational Specialist & Disability Coordinator
The University of Memphis – Rehabilitation Counseling
lbrook15@uthsc.edu
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

Alex Frawley

Alex Frawley, MS
Educational Specialist
Northwestern University – Higher Education Administration & Policy
afrawley@uthsc.edu
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary

Jimmi Lampley

Jimmi Lampley, MS
Educational Specialist
Arkansas State University –College Student Personnel Services
jlample6@uthsc.edu
“Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Keri Snyder

Keri Snyder, MS
Educational Specialist
Washington State University –Elementary Education; Higher Education Leadership (in progress)
ksnyde21@uthsc.edu
“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney

Last Published: Oct 19, 2021