Taking Advantage of Our Resources
Disability Services makes available many beneficial resources to Georgia State students registered with their office to help them succeed in the classroom. One resource in particular that is available for every registered student is academic coaching. If a student experiences anxiety, a lack of motivation, difficulty maintaining attention or is just having difficulty performing in class, on assignments and on tests, academic coaching is the way to go.
The concept of ‘academic coaching’ refers to a relationship… that is proactive, responsive to student learning outcomes and committed to student success.
~ Barkley, 2010
The coach provides important feedback, support and challenge to students that leads to enhanced student responsibility, higher levels of learning and greater retention (Barkley, 2010). Coaches assigned by Disability Services help students develop useful study skills and direct them to campus resources that contribute to improvement in their academics, personal responsibility and commitment to Georgia State University.
How to Get Started
If a registered student is interested in academic coaching, they are encouraged to contact the office in person, by phone or by email. Disability Services will then have a graduate assistant reach out to the student to set up an initial meeting to get the coaching started. The first coaching session must be in person, but the rest of the meetings can be held in-person, through email, video chat or on the phone.
Who are the Coaches?
The graduate assistants at Disability Services maintain the role of academic coaches. There are currently five coaches working at Disability Services. The coach that bests fits a student’s availability is assigned to that student.
An initial meeting is set up once the graduate assistant reaches out to the registered student and gets a response. During this meeting, the student meets with their coach to obtain general information and discuss their goals and objectives. At this time, the registered student also takes a pre-assessment to address what skill areas need to be addressed during academic coaching. The rest of the academic sessions occur on a date and time mutually agreed upon by the coach and student. The role of the coach is to work with the student to encourage and enhance their current skills and develop new skills to be successful. In addition, the coach can refer the student to other resources on campus to help them succeed. Some common areas for which students seek coaching include time management, organizational skills and self-advocacy.
Difference between Academic Coaching and Tutoring
It is important to note that academic coaching is not the same as tutoring. The coach’s role is not to help a student study for a class or complete an assignment but to provide the student with resources and skills that can assist in studying or completing an assignment. For example, the academic coach could provide a student struggling with math information about the math department on campus that has daily tutoring for specific math courses.
Academic Coaching Locations on Campus
If a student is not registered with Disability Services, but is still interested in academic coaching, Georgia State University has other offices that provide academic coaching including:
Barkley, A. (2010, July). “Academic Coaching” for enhanced learning, higher levels of student responsibility, and greater retention. Denver CO: Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting.