To increase the chances of college success, students must be able to set goals, develop strategies to achieve those goals, manage their time, maintain motivation, stay organized and know the resources on campus. This list already sounds like a lot to handle, and it's not even complete! Fortunately, Student Success offers academic coaching which is designed to assist students with these broader aspects of college and help students make the most of their college experience.
Academic coaches are upperclassmen at Greenville College oftentimes majoring in psychology or social work. Regardless of their major, however, academic coaches show exemplary skills in many areas of academic achievement and are eager to help other students improve their skills in the broader areas of academics. Some areas coaches can assist students with include:
Academic coaches can also assist incoming students with the transition from high school (or from a previous college) to Greenville College. With the help of a coach, new students can more easily navigate campus and meet other students, thus enhancing their college experience. Additionally, coaches can serve as accountability mentors for students.
All Greenville College students, whether online or traditional, on or off campus, are welcome to consult or meet with an academic coach at no extra charge! Students wanting assistance in any of the areas mentioned above are encouraged to work with a coach. Students wanting to simply ‘brush up’ on any of these skills or areas are encouraged to work with one as well.
Academic coaches are available to meet with students several hours throughout the week (view the 2012 schedule here). To schedule a meeting with an academic coach, students should complete the Academic Coach Request Form. Students are also welcome to 'drop in' to meet with an academic coach during coaching hours. Coaching takes place in the Student Success area of the library unless otherwise indicated on the schedule.
Online students who cannot meet with an academic coach, but would like to consult with one, should also complete the Academic Coach Request Form.
Academic coaching is also available to students online through D2L. This online resource provides students with links to helpful websites, discussion forums and blogs. Join the online Academic Coaching Community by clicking here. After logging in to D2L, click Community Registration (at the very top), Academic Coaching, Register.
Your academic coach will help you discover ways to be successful and help keep you on the right track academically. Every student is unique; therefore, one student will likely need different guidance than another student. Because of this, it is vital for you to communicate with your academic coach about the specific areas you would like to focus on in your meetings. Once you identify the areas of focus, your coach will be sure to address those in your meetings. And through it all, you can expect confidentiality.
During your meetings, your coach will listen carefully to your concerns. Your coach may ask questions during your time together to be sure he/she understands you correctly. Your academic coach may also give you suggestions about ways you can improve your areas of concern. Additionally, your coach may share his/her own experiences that may be similar to yours and explain to you how he/she successfully overcame the situation or dealt with the problem. Ultimately, though, the choice is yours-it is up to you to decide if you want to implement the changes or not.
When working with an academic coach, students are expected to assume certain responsibilities. It is important to understand that academic coaches are not here to complete your work for you or to "fix" everything for you. Please read the list below that indicates other expectations of you.
Located in the Ruby E. Dare Library
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Phone Numbers: (618) 664-6597 or (618) 664-6616