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.
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
Who are the Coaches?