Academic Support Programs

COVID-19 Update: Success Coaching is available online

We care about the health of our community. As a way to increase precautionary health measures, Academic Success Coaching will not be operating in Mary Gates Hall for the rest of the academic year. However, we are here to serve you online. Please scroll down to make an online appointment with a coach. (updated 3/18/20)

What is Academic 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 aren't 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.

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. 

Schedule an Appointment

You can schedule an appointment to see a coach. Each appointment will be 30 minutes in length. Starting 3/9/2020, coaching will be available via Zoom through 4/24/2020. A zoom link or phone call details for your appointment will be sent to your email after you schedule an appointment.

Learn how to use Zoom on the UWIT website.

(updated 3/17/20). 

Meet the Coaches!

Georges, He/Him

Major: B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.A in Biochemistry
Hours (Winter 2020): Mondays 9-11 a.m., Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom Appointment Only
Make an appointment: Scheduling page
Career goals Becoming a neurosurgeon and working for Doctors Without Borders
Hobbies Binge watching shows, cooking, podcasts, reading books, hanging out with friends, dancing!!! (not good at it though) and of course music.
More about me Hello, my name is Georges and it is truly my pleasure to assist you on your journey to success. I am a first-generation, low-income, transfer student working towards my B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A in Biochemistry. I am involved in different clubs on campus and I am a premed very passionate about medicine (Can’t stop talking about it :)) I really love helping other students develop strategies to discover their talents and become the best version of themselves. I believe we all have what it takes to be successful. I can't wait to meet you!
Notable academic challengeAfter transferring here at the UW, I took the second Ochem here. I was working full time and I was living far away from campus. I was overwhelmed and excited to try everything that UW had to offer. I really did not study much for Ochem at the beginning because I was spreading myself too thin. I felt very confident because I had 4.0 the first Ochem. On the first exam, I got a 49% while the average was a 75%. I felt so crushed and did not think there was a way for me to get back from there. I reduced my hours at work and started studying during my break. I started seeing my friends during study group so that we can hang out while being productive. I watched a lot of videos from medical students to lift me up. I was able to get back up and finish the class with a 4.0. It was really surprising.

Kitty, She/her

Major: B.S. Psychology
Hours (Winter 2020): Tuesdays 12-2 p.m., Wednesdays 4-7 p.m., Thursdays 12-2 p.m.
Location: Zoom Appointment Only
Make an appointment: Scheduling page
Career goals Leadership Development, Change Management Research
Hobbies People-watching, reading, graphic designing (my career before UW!), music festivals, coffee, searching for the perfect bubble tea, and getting lost in the woods.
More about me I am a first-generation, low-income, transfer student working towards my B.S. in Psychology. I really love helping other students develop strategies to discover their talents and become the best version of themselves. I believe we all have what it takes to be successful. I can't wait to meet you!
Notable academic challengeI 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.

Mary Kay, She/Her

Major: M.Ed./Leadership in Higher Education, College of Education
Hours (Winter 2020): Wednesdays 12-1:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom Appointment Only
Make an appointment: Scheduling page
Career goals Working to support students in higher education
Hobbies Qi gong, designing/working in my kitchen garden and hanging out with my family and two Great Pyrenees.
More about me I’m a graduate student in my second year of the Leadership in Higher Education Master’s program in the College of Education. I’m a believer in the power of life-long learning and am here to help you navigate the challenges and successes of your college experiences. I look forward to connecting with you!
Notable academic challengeIn my junior year of mechanical engineering my grades began dropping drastically and I was not doing well. The major was so challenging and my heart wasn’t in it, but I had come so far. It was my first real academic challenge or “failure.” After wrestling with all my different feelings and ultimately listening to my inner voice, I withdrew for the quarter and changed my major. I struggled with feeling bad about not making it in engineering, but as I look back on my life, it was the best move for me and I never feel like I wasted time or could have planned it better. This experience is something that I’m proud of and it’s part of who I am today.

Tyra, She/Her, Reinstatement Coach

Major: Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Hours (Winter 2020): Mondays 3:30-6 p.m., Tuesdays 5-6 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.
Location: Zoom Appointment Only
Make an appointment: Scheduling page
Career goals Owning a sports rehabilitation/fitness center
Hobbies Trying new restaurants and coffee shops, binge watching shows, crocheting, shopping.
More about me I am a first-generation graduate student working towards my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I have a passion for helping people to succeed against all doubts and barriers. With the right mindset and strategies, anyone can achieve their goals! I can't wait to meet you!
Notable academic challengeMy first exam in my graduate program was in anatomy. After studying hard and what I believed was efficient, I received a grade of 71%. Because anything under an 80% is considered failing in my program I was devastated and believed I was behind where I should have been academically. However, I was determined to Ace the next exam and scheduled an appointment with my professor. After reviewing my exam together, he suggested a few test taking skills to use in the future. I was mostly second-guessing myself rather than sticking to my initial instinct. After using my newly learned skills on the next exam, I earned a 92%! Sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s trusting that you know it. Trusting yourself is the most important vehicle to success, as well as always taking the necessary steps to be better!

Deon, He/Him

Major: B.A. Business
Hours (Winter 2020): Mondays 7-9 p.m., Tuesdays 8-9 p.m., Thursdays 6-8 p.m., Fridays 3-5 p.m.
Location: Zoom Appointment Only
Make an appointment: Scheduling page
Career goals To start my own Non-profit for African American mental health awareness
Hobbies Working out, watching sports, music festivals, watching Rick and Morty, exploring and finding new places to spend my free time.
More about me I am a first-generation, low-income, veteran, transfer student working towards my B.A. in Business. I believe we are all human, and we all may have times that seem like our whole world is falling apart. I am here to help you pick those pieces up, and build a solid foundation for not only your academic success but mental wellness. I look forward to assisting you, let's get this money!
Notable academic challengeEveryone has that one class that they wish they could have done better in, or maybe just tried a little harder. Well, that was my first two quarters at the UW. I transferred in from a small community college where my largest class comprised of 23 students. The tempo was very slow paced, and the professors really wanted you to succeed. Naturally, when I got to the UW that all changed, I was required to adopt a whole new way of studying, test taking, and managing my time. I was not able to do these things, so my once almost perfect GPA took a turn for the worse, I honestly believed I was not cut out for life as a college student and contemplated dropping out after only being here for two quarters. But before giving up completely, I scheduled a meeting with my advisor to see if I had any options other than just dropping out. So, with the help of life coaches and my advisor, I was able to structure a plan to get my academics back on track. Now this was not a fix all solution, I had to be willing to dedicate myself to my schoolwork but in the end, it has helped me persevere through what I thought was my academic death sentence. Today I still struggle from time to time but mentally I am in a way better place as well as academically. Now I stand in the gap to help students like myself who need that little reassurance that we can overcome any obstacles life throws at us.

Alli, She/Her

Major: Student Development Administration master’s program, College of Education
Hours (Spring 2020): Tuesdays 5 pm- 9:30 pm, Thursdays 5 pm- 9:30 pm
Location: Zoom Appointment Only
Make an appointment: Scheduling page
Career goals To support students in a higher education setting
Hobbies Spending time with family and friends, trying new food places, binge watching tv shows, arts and crafts
More about me I was born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i. I am a first-generation graduate student in the Student Development Administration master’s program. I value community, collaboration, and compassion where I believe that each person has their own strengths and that working together to achieve our goals truly makes a difference. I am here to be a listening ear and support you on your educational journey! I look forward to meeting you!
Notable academic challengeIn my junior year, I took an oceanography class to fulfill a general requirement and I was not doing well. Upon taking my first exam, I received a 57%. I worked hard and continued studying as much as I could. However, I ended up getting a 46% on the second exam. By getting a lower grade on the exam, I felt extremely discouraged because I felt more confident on the second exam and was proud of how much I studied. I ended up withdrawing from the class and taking another class later on to replace it. I was hesitant to withdraw at first because it felt like I was giving up. After talking to mentors and trusted friends, I was able to learn more about the different options I had. This experience taught me a lot about resiliency and that it is okay to make a decision that is best for you at the time. I learned that it is important to take care of yourself, talk to others, try out new study strategies, and trust yourself.