Submitted by Lauren Bruneau / Academic Coaching Office
This is only the third year the Academic Coaching program has been in existence at Champlain College and it is continually growing. Last year Academic Coaching had 750 individual scheduled appointments and this year we are on track to schedule even more. The Academic Coaching office was established to support students with Executive Function: Planning, Prioritizing, and Organizing. Research from across the country indicates that more and more college students are struggling with executive function as well as with studying, note-taking, and reading comprehension skills. Data from the MapWorks survey completed by many first year Champlain College students this year confirms that our students are not outliers in this area. Would you believe that nearly 40% of respondents self-reported that they don’t have the skills to take good notes in class and almost 50% reported that they don’t usually work on large assignments in advance?! These
Could you benefit from Coaching? Let’s find out more….– True or False?
Only struggling students visit Academic Coaching.
False. Academic Coaching is all about making the most of your time at Champlain. Period. Several of the students we see are working on maintaining an A average, making plans to study abroad, complete internships, and even considering how to prepare for graduate programs. They are creating goals and working with coaches to make them a reality.
Academic Coaches are accessible all semester.
True. Although, it would be more productive to start coaching at the beginning of the semester, we are happy to help you whenever needed. We’ve even met people for the first time to help prepare for final exams!
Coaches are only available to meet in the Skiff Annex and official appointments need to be made.
False. Coaches can be found in MIC on Wednesdays for Mindful Meditation, Mondays in Ireland for Workshops, and Mondays and Wednesday evenings tabling at IDX. We do have a link to Wufuu scheduling to make sure we schedule student promptly, but walk-ins or phone calls are always welcome too. Would you rather meet in the library or via video calls? Let us know!
Academic Coaches offer individual, small group, workshops, and long distance coaching.
True. We schedule individual appointments, are happy to support study groups and facilitate group coaching, offer weekly workshops on relevant topics, and also are available to meet via phone/Skype, and Facetime There are also lots of great tips/tricks posted weekly on our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, & Pinterest.
Coaches will tell me what to do and how to do it.
False. Many college students have been told their whole life what to do and how to do it. We take the opposite approach. We question you, to coach you on how to develop the skills for YOU to figure out what your goals are and the various ways you could implement these new skills. It is up to you to determine the topics that are most important to you to discuss with your coach and make use of the resources to be successful both in college and after you graduate. College is the perfect time to figure out your ultimate goals as independent, individual adults and develop self-advocacy skills to realize them.
Coaches will do my homework for me.
False. We will help you plan, prioritize, and organize any assignments, create study plans meeting your individual needs, and suggest study tips and reading strategies that will make your study time more efficient and productive. We will do our best to answer any questions you have and support you in all aspects of your life at Champlain, but Coaching is student-directed and your involvement and commitment to the suggestions advised are voluntary.
Coaches are cheerleaders.
True and False. True: We will encourage and applaud you for making the effort to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. There will be no judgment or guilt about the challenges you’ve faced and only support provided to move forward. False: There will be no uniforms or pompoms involved – at least not on a regular basis.
What do you think – could you benefit from coaching? Please feel free to contact us if you would like to ask questions or set up an appointment. We can be reached at 865-6422 or firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up directly at….http://bit.ly/12Llo0J