The Academic Coaching Program (ACP) is run by trained and experienced Naropa graduate students who offer one-on-one academic coaching sessions and presentations tailored to support your academic journey.
Possible topics to discuss with your Academic Coach:
Exploring Learning Styles:
- Take the Multiple Intelligence Inventory, VARK (Visual, Auditory, Read/Write, Kinesthetic), or LASSI (Learning and Study Strategies Inventory)
- Discuss how your unique learning style can be utilized to maximize efficiency while studying and during class
Reading a Syllabus:
- Identify objectives, policies, attendance rules, regulations, and expectations of the course
- Locate important contact information, location, and availability of the instructor
- Highlight the major projects, readings, and assignments in the syllabus. Add this information to your personal organization method, i.e., planner, computer, or application.
Establishing Study Habits:
- Begin the semester strong and set regular study habits from week one.
- Discuss what time of day feels most productive and establish habits to utilize that time.
- Find a place to study—which context sets you up for success?
- Scheduling regular study time—immediately before or after lecture to increase retainment
- Practice with tools and Apps that help facilitate taking 5-10 minute breaks each hour.
- Tips for forming study groups
- Identify the organizational method that makes most sense to you. Whether it’s your planner, iPad, iPhone, calendar, or notebook, have a set plan for keeping important information in one place
- Organize classes by separate tabs, binders, folder, or notebook.
- Use the space in the ACP room to enter all of the important due dates, mid-terms, and meetings for the semester in your iPad, computer, or planner
Effective Time Management:
- Develop a block schedule to differentiate class, work, and play.
- Define priorities; learn to balance school and self-care
- Create a weekly calendar: List courses, work, study time, recreation, meals, etc.
- Learn to what distractions can block creativity and productivity
- Use backward planning to help develop specific and attainable goals for finishing projects and papers before they are due
Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals:
- Specific: State exactly what you want to accomplish (Who, What, Where, Why)
- Measurable: How will you demonstrate and evaluate the extent to which the goal has been met?
- Attainable: How can the goal be accomplished? (Is it challenging, but not out of reach?)
- Relevant: Does this goal seem worthwhile? Why do you care?
- Time-Bound: What’s the timeline for the goal? When do you want it completed by?
- How are you tracking the progress of your goals? Create poster/visual aid to believe in it
- Identify what “stresses you out”
- Develop strategies for effectively working with stress
- Define which unique strategy works for you in relation to stress—what helps?
Reading with More Speed and Efficiency:
- Learn simple strategies to increase reading speed and comprehension
- Discuss different ways of approaching various genres of text (textbook, novel, journal, etc.)
- Prioritize readings, which are the most important or difficult for you to retain?
Keys to Getting Back on Track When Behind:
- Develop a SMART goal plan for getting caught up
- Assess current standing in class; determine if passing is still a possibility
- Use the GPA calculator to assess different outcomes
- Identify what motivates you and what doesn’t
- Learn tips and strategies for staying motivated while in class and studying
- Determine what distractions are contributing to your lack of motivation
- Learn tips for tuning out your social network while trying to work
- Determine whether the Writing Center would benefit your writing
- Identify which skills you feel confident with and which you need support in
- Use the time in the ACP office to schedule a Writing Center appointment
- Tips and techniques for handling test related anxiety
- How to study differently for different exams (warrior, written, and objective tests)
Importance of Instructor Contact:
- Learn how to write a professional e-mail to you instructor, requesting a meeting
- Discuss the most effective ways to communicate with the instructor—define goals for the meeting and what you want to get out of it
- Understand the benefits and importance of a strong student/instructor relationship
- Learn how to ask for a professional letter of recommendation
- How to ask for feedback and support