Academic Success Coaching

Academic coaches are trained professional staff members well-versed in learning strategies and skills. Academic success is important to students and our work focuses first on supporting students in defining what academic success means to them and then on partnering with students in identifying strategies, adopting behaviors, and developing action steps to support their academic journey. Think of it this way, athletic coaches provide instruction and guidance specific to a sport, academic coaches provide instruction and guidance specific to learning. 

Commonly discussed strategies & skills:

  • reading methods
  • time management & organization
  • notetaking
  • exam, quiz, presentation preparation
  • self-advocacy
  • building and using a support network
  • how to maximize office hours
  • balancing academics and activities

Student Voices

"It's no exaggeration that the Academic Skills Center gave me a new lease on life. I met with the ASC before I even became a student. They helped me identify learning disabilities that had plagued me for decades. Thanks to the ASC, I tackled those disabilities and went back to school. I am now working on my master's degree at Dartmouth and recently completed a study-abroad opportunity at Oxford. The kid who worried about graduating high school many years ago is now looking at Ph. D. programs, thanks to the Academic Skills Center."

Tips from our Academic Coaches:

  1. Keep everything in perspective. You're smart—and there are many tools and strategies for making the most of what you have.
  2. Define long-term and short-term goals and build your schedule around them.
  3. Access the Academic Skills Center and Peer Tutoring Program—online, by phone or in person. Our resources will help you manage your academic life at Dartmouth. 
  4. Learn and practice specific reading strategies. They will help you comprehend, study and remember better.
  5. Stay healthy! Learn how to manage stress, get enough sleep, exercise, and choose nutritious meals and snacks.
  6. Join a tutoring group! Collaborative learning is effective and enjoyable. Research has shown a 2-1/2X efficacy of collaborative work over individual efforts.
  7. Learn effective time management! That's the key to getting everything done.
  8. Don't wait till you feel overwhelmed. Contact the Peer Tutoring Program early and often.
  9. Reinforce what you've learned with frequent review and repetition. If you USE it, you won't LOSE it.
  10. Believe in yourself! Your gifts got you here—learn how to use them to your best advantage.