Academic Coaching: Questions & Answers

  • 1. What is Academic Coaching
    • Academic Coaching is a one-on-one meeting between you (the student) and a trained educator to help you identify obstacles to your academic success and to come up with solutions to those issues. We specialize in note-taking, textbook reading, time management, and other related study skills.
  • 2. What’s the difference between an Academic Coach and a Tutor?
    • Academic Coaches assist students with skills and habits that affect their overall academic performance. Tutors can help with subject specific issues. For example, if you need assistance figuring out the most efficient way to read a textbook, visit an academic coach. If you need support with your math homework, visit a tutor.
  • 3. What’s the difference between an Academic Coach and an Academic Advisor?
    • Academic Advisors are your best resource for knowing and understanding your degree plan and ensuring that you take the classes you need to graduate or to prepare to transfer to another institution of higher education. Academic Coaches pick up where advisors leave off--ensuring that you have a solid plan for approaching your studying so that you can earn the grades you want and meet your goals.
  • 4. What is a typical coaching session like? How long do coaching sessions last?
    • A typical coaching session can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on your needs. It will involve a check in with your coach to find out what your most pressing concerns are and a conversation that identifies a practical solution to work toward your goal.
  • 5. How can I meet with an academic coach? Do I need an appointment?
    • It’s easy to meet with a coach. We offer walk-ins at three ACC campus locations--Highland, Round Rock, and San Gabriel. You can also call us or email us schedule an appointment. Check out our Meet the Coaches page for information about to meet with a particular coach. See our District-Wide Campus Visits page to see when a Coach will be stopping by your campus Learning Lab.
  • 6. Is there a limit to the number of coaching sessions I can have?
    • No. There is no limit to coaching sessions, but you don’t have to plan to see a coach indefinitely. Plenty of students come to us for one or two sessions. Others come more frequently than that.
  • 7. Will I see the same Academic Coach each time?
    • It’s up to you! You’re more than welcome to schedule an appointment with a specific coach and can do so on an individual coach’s profile. But, we’re a team, so if you’d like to interact with a new personality or style, you’re welcome to!
  • 8. Academic Coaching doesn't exist at my campus. Can I still meet with one?
    • Yes! You’re very welcome to come see us at one of our three locations--and we recommend face-to-face visits for the highest quality experience. However, we also visit other campuses in the district twice a semester in the fall and spring semesters, and we offer web-based coaching for students who absolutely can’t make it in person.
  • 9. Is there a charge for Academic Coaching?
    • No. You do not need to pay to visit Academic Coaching.