Academic Coaching

Learn how to succeed in college!


What is academic coaching?

Academic coaching is open to all students at Iowa State who wish to understand and apply proven learning strategies. To do so, students work one-on-one with an academic coach to examine concerns and perceived barriers to success. The goal of coaching is to promote an individual’s self-efficacy and confidence during their time at ISU. 

The coaching cycle

The coaching cycle consists of support through active listening and rapport development, establishment of SMART goals based on student's ambitions and aspirations, connection with appropriate academic and campus resources, consistent support and measurement of progress between meetings, and reflection of outcomes and achieved goals.

The coaching appointment

Our coaches tailor each appointment to the needs of students. However, students can meet with an academic coach to discuss topics such as:

  • time management
  • goal-setting for improved academic success
  • study and test-taking strategies
  • other applicable campus resources

Coaches are trained in evidence-based strategies to facilitate each coaching session. The academic coach works to empower the student towards positive behavior change. Students typically meet with an academic coach for 3-4 appointments/semester in order to test out new techniques provided by the coach and to report back on the success of such techniques. There is NO cost for this service.

How do I arrange a coaching appointment?

To schedule a coaching appointment, please call 515-294-6624. All coaching appointments are in 1060 Hixson-Lied Student Success Center (veiw campus map).

Online resources we frequently reference are also available on the website under Academic Resources. You are encouraged to use these resources on your own, but we are happy to help you understand how to apply these ideas and strategies to fit your needs.