Academic Coaching

What do Academic Coaches do?

Academic Coaches work with you to help develop the organizational, motivational, test-taking and study-skill techniques needed for success at RRC and your future career.

Your Academic Coach can help you:

  • Find more efficient ways to study.
  • Improve your ability to retain information and think critically.
  • Do better on tests and assignments.
  • Balance student life with home life.
  • Understand how your course work will help you achieve your career goals.

What does the Academic Coaching process look like?

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At your first Coaching session (about 30 minutes) you and your Coach will:

  • Start to get to know each other
  • Discuss the Academic Coaching process
  • Discuss your strengths and challenges as a student
  • Review your course timetable (make sure you bring it!) and create your own personalized calendar
  • Identify one or two study strategies to try immediately
  • Book your next appointment

At your second Coaching session you and your Coach will:

  • Check on your goals—are they still the ones you want?
  • Talk about reducing study stress and test anxiety
  • Fine tune your study strategies and decide what you will do next
  • Revise your personal timetable

At your third Coaching session you and your Coach will:

  • Check on your progress after midterm or a large assignment
  • Explore more study strategies
  • Commit to one or two next steps

At your final Coaching session you and your Coach will:

  • Celebrate your successes
  • Think about how to raise the bar for yourself
  • Commit to one or two next steps
  • Plan for next term

What is the difference between a Coach and a Tutor?

  • Academic Coaalice and rene editches focus solely on the skills that enable a student’s success, not the content needed to succeed in program. Coaches do not need program area expertise while tutors are experts in program content.
  • Academic Coaches are pro-active and work to ensure students stay on track and meet the promises set out in their learning plan.

How can I connect with a Coach?

At the Exchange District Campus and Regional Campuses:

Chris Harder, Adult Learning Facilitator
Exchange District Campus: Room P-210
Phone: 204.631.3342
Email: charder43@rrc.ca

At Notre Dame Campus: 

Ron Hamerling, Tutoring Supervisor
Notre Dame Campus Room D-110
Phone: 204.632.2251
Email: rhamerling@rrc.ca