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Learn how to succeed in college!

Come meet with an academic coach. We can help you start your semester off right, help you improve and develop skills, and help you learn how to succeed in college.

What is academic coaching?

Academic coaching is a free service 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. Our program's learning outcomes are assessed throughout the semester.

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 (view 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.

Contact Us

If you have a question regarding Academic Coaching, e-mail, call our office (515-294-6624), or contact our staff directly.

Name Title Email
Chelsey Gates Program Coordinator, Academic Coaching and Outreach
Brooke Gustafson Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach
Bree Mead Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach
Julio Rivas Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach
Jen Major Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach  
Lily Mathison Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach
Fei Yi Graduate Assistant, Academic Coach