Academic Coaching

Academic coaching is a popular student success program at Messiah University. While offering accountability and encouragement, a trained coach works collaboratively with the student on:

  • Creating schedules and plans
  • Setting goals
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Setting structures for organization of time and materials
  • Managing time
  • Maintaining priorities

A Team Approach

The student and the coach work as a team to identify areas where the student is struggling and to develop strategies to succeed. It is a very student-driven process. The student's needs should direct the discussion and the strategies that will be implemented for improved performance.  The student's motivation to succeed is essential to the process.

The Role of Coach

The coach can act as a "sounding board" to focus the student's thoughts to work towards solutions that will help the student overcome obstacles. The coach provides the necessary structure, accountability, and support that can help the student with ADHD succeed. The coach typically meets with the student on a weekly basis for 20-30 minutes to talk through the past week and the week(s) ahead.

Getting Started

If you think that coaching might help you to better succeed at Messiah University, call the Office of Academic Accessibility at (717) 796-5382 or register online here to set up an appointment to discuss the possibilities.  We look forward to working with you!

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