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Educational Coaching

What is Academic coaching?

Academic coaching is a personalized, one-on-one meeting with a trained Learning Specialist who can help you improve your skills and performance. Working with a Learning Specialist can help you study smarter by developing skills in time management, goal setting, and test preparation.  Academic Success Learning 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 Learning Specialists have?

All Learning Specialists have academic backgrounds in education and/or counseling and have specialized training in academic coaching theory and techniques. Additionally, they have prior experience working with adult learners in higher education.

In what areas can Learning 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
  • Combating impostor syndrome

How can educational coaching help me?

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

I absolutely love my learning 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 learning 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 learning 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. Academic Success is great and my learning specialist is amazing.

How can I meet with a Learning Specialist?

Students can meet individually or in a group with a Academic Success Learning Specialists 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. Coaching/Consultation appointments can be scheduled via phone, email. Learning Specialists are located in the Center for Student Success in the 910 Madison Building, suite 105.


Meet Our Learning Specialists

Jun 5, 2024