Peer Academic Coaching

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What is Coaching?

Coaches are different from a tutor because rather than help you with specific course material, a coach helps you develop your “soft” skills; things like studying, note-taking techniques and exam preparation. The coach also works to find the resources and people on campus to help you further. For example, if you’re having trouble with writing, a coach may help you identify where your problem areas are and might connect you with the Writing Centre. The coaches also highlight the student toolkits, which are collections of tried and tested student tips.

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Studies and surveys have shown that students benefit greatly from being able to sit down with a fellow student to discuss how they approach university. Considerably less pressure than going to address academic concerns and “soft skills” with professors, Peer Academic Coaching connects students with trained peers who help brainstorm an action plan. The coach connects students to resources on campus and others who may assist the student. Some examples of resources referred to are: Writing Centre help, math tutoring, and subject librarians.

Studies on Peer Coaching

New York Times Article on the merits of peer coaching
Stanford University study on peer coaching

Who are the Coaches?

8 responses to “Peer Academic Coaching”

  1. Maggie

    Hi, I’m still a high school student but I’m currently enrolled in advance placement sciences at my school and I was wondering if even someone like me could attend this peer academic coaching program once around may to get some help and guidance right before the AP exams. (Basically first year material)

  2. Nick Thornton

    Hi Maggie,

    Peer Academic Coaching is only available to registered UBC students. Peer Academic Coaches assist with subjects like time management and critical thinking skills, where for subject specific help, a tutor would likely be the assistance you are looking for.

    All the best

  3. samson

    my son is taking the EECE259 in this Summer, will Peer Academic Coaching is something he should look for? If not, can you recommend how he can get help for this course?

  4. John Harvey

    Hi Samson,

    Like Nick said, Peer Academic Coaches assist with time management and critical thinking skills, as opposed to subject-specific help. Peer Academic Coaching is also closed until October.

    For EECE 259 specifically, his best bet is probably hiring a 3rd or 4th-year electrical engineering student who works as a tutor and did well in the course. To the best of my knowledge, the Learning Commons doesn’t offer assistance for EECE 259 during the summer. UBC’s electrical engineering student society ( is probably a good place to start if he wants to find a tutor.

    Good luck!

  5. Paula Swint

    Hi , My son is currently enrolled in his final year of the teaching program. It has been 4 years since he attended school. He is finding it difficult to get back to studies and as you state above the” soft things ” that are involved in schooling. This program looks like it might suit him. He is in his late 20’s and is feeling overwhelmed. What would suggest?
    Thank you

  6. Nick Thornton

    Hi Paula,

    Peer Academic Coaching can certainly help with things like time management, exam prep skills, as well as how to cope with the transition back into university. The coaching program begins on Sept 29th and operates Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm on level 3 of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

  7. Rainbow Xu

    Hi, I am a first year UBC student and currently encountering issues related Time management, note taking, work efficiency and academic performance. I would love to have a coach/peers who can help me out and give me some good advice in these areas : )
    May I book an appointment with any of the coaches or is drop-in the only way to get connected with them?

    Thank you a lot!
    Rainbow Xu

  8. Academic Coach

    Hello there. I’m a coach at a small college in Massachusetts, and I must say: you guys seem to have the best coaching program around. Your website and general approach to the entire organization are incredible. I would love to see our coaching program shift in your general direction. Thanks for all the insight. It seems to me that UBC students have an incredible resource in you.

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