SKILL Academic Coaching


SKILL includes weekly coaching sessions, as well as phone, text, and email support.

At each session, a student can expect a knowledgeable coach who actively listens, encourages, motivates, and supports.

Coaching sessions will be based individualized, but students can expect the sessions to generally follow the schedule below during their first semester. Study skills, time management, decision making, organization, planning, effective and professional communication and academic progress are naturally incorporated into all coaching sessions.

In addition to weekly coaching, SKILL offers 3-Hour Study Table sessions at RBD Library on Sundays and Tuesdays from 7-10pm and Thursdays from 5-8pm. Study Tables are staffed by a SKILL Graduate Assistant (GA). Students can use the Study Tables as an independent study hall or meet with our GA to provide study support as needed.

Intake Interview

  • Educational and academic history
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Academic skills and learning preferences 
  • Assistive Technology needs assessment
  • Establish expectations and boundaries

Weeks 1-2: Getting Started

  • Comprehensive syllabus review for each course
  • Set up academic planner for the semester
  • Start of semester checklist
  • Assistance adjusting classes as needed
  • Support with setting up accommodations including proctored exams

Weeks 3-14: Semester Progress

  • Weekly check ins
  • Develop weekly action plans 
  • Study strategies
  • Weeks 10/11 include a comprehensive review of courses prior to the withdrawal deadline 
  • Assistance with course selection, schedule planning and registration

Weeks 15-16: Finals Preparation

  • Comprehensive course review including goal setting for final exams
  • Finalize study schedule for final exams