Peer Academic Coaching and SSC Ambassadors

What is Peer Academic Coaching?

Our Peer Academic Coaching Program (PAC) was created to help all students get the one-on-one support they need to be successful at Virginia Tech. Our trained Peer Academic Coaches (PAC) are available to help you develop the habits and skills you need to succeed! All students are welcome to stop in to see a coach during walk-in hours or they can meet on a by-appointment basis. Information about all visit options can be found below.

Peer Academic Coaching appointments

Want to make sure you don't have to wait? Would you prefer to set a specific time to meet with a PAC? Students have the option to schedule an appointment online. Check-in for all appointments takes place in 110 Femoyer Hall.

Weekly coaching requests

Students can request to meet with a peer coach on a weekly basis throughout the semester. Space for weekly appointments is limited and participants are accepted until the program is full and as additional spots open during the semester.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I meet with a Peer Academic Coach?

  • PACs can help you develop an efficient and flexible set of study skills
  • They are trained in specific areas including goal setting, time management, note-taking, effective learning strategies, test-taking, etc.
  • They can help you assess your needs and help you develop an action plan for success!

What are some common topics people discuss with Peer Academic Coaches?

  • Effective study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Reading strategies
  • Concentration
  • Note-taking
  • Test preparation
  • Test-taking
  • Stress reduction
  • Procrastination

Who are the Peer Academic Coaches?

Our PAC are part of our SSC Ambassador program, they have been Virginia Tech students for at least one year and have a proven record of academic success.

All PACs go through a semester-long training process that includes information in the following areas:

  • Learning Science
  • Study strategies and skills
  • Motivation
  • Effective communication

Student Success Center Ambassadors

Student Success Center Ambassadors are more than just Peer Academic Coaches (PAC)s.  They are a source of academic support for fellow students throughout their time at Virginia Tech. Ambassadors work with students to develop effective study skills and strategies on an individual basis, design and facilitate academic skills workshops, introduce students to academic support services, and guide students through short- and long-term planning. Ambassadors participate in the marketing and promotion of SSC programs and services, may assist SSC staff with various programs/projects, and represent the Student Success Center at various campus events. Applicants should have a strong desire to help their peers be successful and support the Student Success Center's vision to promote academic excellence and enrich the overall undergraduate experience at Virginia Tech.   

If you are interested in becoming a Student Success Center Ambassador please contact Todd Rakes  at 540-231-5499. Thank you for your interest in becoming an Ambassador at Virginia Tech.