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Academic Coaching

Academic Coaches work with students to set and accomplish academic goals by employing research-backed study and motivational strategies.

An Academic Coach will help students:
  • Set actionable and measurable academic goals.
  • Fine-tune current study strategies and learn new ones.
  • Improve their ability to retain information and think critically.
  • Explore anti-procrastination tools.
  • Develop organizational techniques.
  • Read and retain their course materials more effectively.
  • Do better on tests and quizzes and provide strategies for dealing with test anxiety.
  • Balance student life with home life.
  • Make self-care a priority.
  • Understand how course work helps them achieve career goals.

What does the Academic Coaching process look like?

What does the Academic Coaching process look like?

Academic Coaching consists of three parts:

  • Your Academic Coach will listen to your goal for the coaching session and your term/academic goal.
  • Your Coach will ask you questions built on the GROW Model. The model will create a pathway to goal completion.   
  • Your Coach will share information on valuable resources and supports at Red River College Polytechnic. It takes a team to succeed and your Coach can help you build your team.​Picture of the Grow Model graph (Goals, Reality, Options, Way Forward)



How often do I meet with my coach?

This depends on your needs. Many students find one session is sufficient to gain the academic or study strategy needed to overcome a barrier. Other students meet regularly with their coach (up to 4 times a term) as they set goals, establish processes for achieving their goals and as they progress and celebrate success.

What is the difference between an Academic Coach and a Tutor?

  • Academic Coaches focus solely on the skills that enable a student’s success, not the content needed to succeed in program. Coaches do not need program-area expertise while tutors are necessarily well versed and highly experienced with program content.
  • Academic Coaches are pro-active and work to ensure students stay on track and meet the promises set out in their learning plan.