Student Success Coaching

Just as a sports coach pushes you to achieve your goals and holds you accountable, an academic success coach works with you to identify challenges that come up in an academic context and come up with a game plan. Our academic success coach is available for 1:1 appointments to do this.

Success Coaching is an interactive process that empowers students to get from where they are now to where they want to be. The Success Coach is a peer who students can visit to help build more general skills for success. Even if you are not sure why you're struggling to meet academic goals, the Success Coach can help identify and overcome challenges to create a foundation for success in college.

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The ASP Success Coach meets with students one-on-one to help them develop skills in:

Success Coaching is not academic advising, personal counseling, a disciplinary meeting, or one on one tutoring for a particular course. 

How it Works

You can make an appointment during our open hours on our website. We will prioritize students appointments first, but you are welcome drop-in on a first come-first serve basis. If you are dropping in, please know you may have to wait until an existing appointment has ended. Meetings will be 30 minutes in length. 

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Meet the Coaches!

Idera Adagun

Major: Masters of Public Administration
Hours: Winter Quarter, Tuesdays 2:30-4:00 PM and Thursdays 11:30-2 PM
Location: Mary Gates Hall (MGH) 161H, Advising suite
Career goals: Non-profit Management within Higher Education
Hobbies: Traveling, Netflix, and Finding the Best Restaurants
To say that I am terrified of math is an understatement. Coming into my masters program, without a math background, proved to be difficult as a first year student. In my Economics and Statistics courses, I was introduced to topics and programs I had never heard of or seen before. After doing poorly on my first couple of quizzes and homework assignments, I quickly learned that office hours, group study sessions, and tutoring are a students' best friend. It was helpful to see all of the alternative ways I could approach topics I was struggling with. Overall, my first quarter taught me that it is important to use the resources available to us as students and that it is okay to ask for help.
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Dillon Connelly

Major: Masters in Museology, 1st Year
Hours: Winter Quarter, Wednesday 1-3 pm, Friday 12-3 pm
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Room 161H
Career goals: I hope to work with a variety of smaller museums and related institutions to help increase inclusivity, equity, accessibility, and diversity in their programming and practice.
Hobbies: I’m a huge geek with an undying love for comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming. When I find something interesting my first instinct is usually “how can I work this into a D&D campaign?”
It took me three tries with three different professors to pass a chemistry course that was required for both my undergraduate degrees. While it was frustrating to hit that wall over and over again where it seemed like I was never going to understand electrochemistry, I was able to find a professor on the third attempt who was much more willing to work with me and other struggling students in understanding the more difficult topics of the course. This failure taught me the importance of researching not just what courses to take, but who to take them with.
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Roxanne Garcia

Major: B.A. Public Health, Minor in Education, Learning, and Society, 4th year
Hours: Winter Quarter, Mondays 7:30-10pm, Thursdays 4-6:30pm
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Room 161H
Career goals: Obtain a Masters in Public Health (MPH), emphasizing in Maternal and Child Health Research
Hobbies: music festivals/music, poetry, spoken word, artistic expression, trees, reading, singing, eating food
The thing I had the most trouble with at UW was time-management and understanding how to study with time as a variable. My first year at UW was rough because I would study for multiple hours in a day, take naps as a break, and was confused as to why I wasn’t able to retain information and perform well on exams. When I got my tests back, I did worse than average and I was really discouraged because it felt like I worked so hard. What I realized was that I didn’t really understand how to budget study time and what are the effective studying strategies for particular subjects. I then looked to my peers and saw how they studied, asked them about what they do, copied some of their tactics, tried different ways of studying and luckily enough, did significantly better on exams. I firmly believe that I do not know everything, and there is always someone there willing to help, provide resources, and be a role model. Without them and the people that helped me, I would still be taking the Gen. Chem series as a senior.
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Kit Slocum

Major: B.S. Psychology, 3rd Year
Hours: Winter Quarter, Mondays 1-4pm, Wednesdays 4-6pm
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Room 161H
Career goals: Leadership Development, Change Management Research
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, shaking up perspectives, stargazing, music shows, coffee, and getting lost in the woods
I was in my 3rd quarter of chemistry when I received my first exam back. Upon receiving my paper, I saw that I had received a grade of 41%! I tried to study harder for the next exam, but ended up failing it too. I was so upset with myself for failing when I had worked so hard. After a day of sulking, I realized I had to be more strategic with my studying -- what worked for my other classes did not work for my chemistry class. I took online quizzes, watched YouTube videos, and approached my professor for help. The hard work paid off and I got an A on my next exam!. I learned that although difficult to swallow, failure is a learning opportunity for self-improvement and we must remind ourselves that our failures are just stepping stones to our success.
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