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Peer Academic Coaching

COVID-19 Update

This fall, we are offering both in-person and virtual coaching to stay accessible to as many students as possible.

The Student Success Center follows the university's guidance on Covid-19 safety protocols. Please plan to follow all university Covid guidelines while using our services.

Peer academic coaching appointments will become available in Navigate during the second week of the fall semester.

Peer academic coaching is a free resource for students of any level or discipline who want to develop their academic success skills. Our friendly peer academic coaches (PACs) are highly trained undergraduate students who can help with time management, study skills, overcoming procrastination, and much more. See a PAC through individual appointments or interactive small-group presentations, a.k.a., our Seminar Series on Academic Success.

Scheduling

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at least ten business days prior to your appointment.

Cancelling appointments

Please cancel unneeded appointments through Navigate at least 24 hours in advance. Here's How to Cancel (PDF)

No show policy

Students who do not show up or cancel at the last minute (within four hours) three or more times in a semester can be temporarily banned from making appointments.

Zoom Support

How to attend coaching on Zoom

  1. If you have not already set up Zoom, follow these instructions.
  2. After booking your appointment on Navigate, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that contains your Zoom link. 
  3. Copy and paste the link into a browser to attend your appointment.

Has your PAC not connected to your meeting?

E-mail studentsuccess@vt.edu with your appointment date, time, and PAC’s name. We will follow up with you as soon as possible.

What to Expect from Academic Coaching

What can a PAC help me with?

PACs can help you develop skills related to overall academic success. Here are some of our most popular topics:

  • Academic stress reduction
  • Concentration
  • Goal setting
  • Managing online courses
  • Note taking
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Reading strategies
  • Study techniques
  • Test preparation
  • Time management

What are coaching appointments like?

Your PAC will ask what you want to get out of coaching and explain how they can help. Then you’ll get to work. Be ready to participate! As peers, PACs aren’t here to lecture or judge. They offer fresh perspectives and activities to help you find the strategy that works best for you.

Will academic coaching help me get an A in my classes?

All students have different situations and goals, so there’s no guaranteed outcome for coaching. However, if you truly commit to developing your academic success skills, you will:

  • Think about your current learning strategies and habits
  • Understand what changes you can make to improve your grades
  • Have specific strategies to use now and in your future classes
  • Become a more efficient learner by studying smarter, not just
    harder