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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.

Schedule an appointment (Need instructions? Click here.)



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.

Request a weekly appointment 


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 PACs 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
Femoyer Hall


For further information, contact Todd Rakes at 231-5499.