The Teaching Learning Center provides academic support for all Union College students through various academic coaching programs, including Freshman Development (FD), Integrated College Experience (ICE), and Personal Academic College Coaching (PACC). Academic coaching assists and supports students in addressing academic concerns through weekly coaching sessions with a focus on time management, organizational assistance, test taking, and study strategies.
Each student enrolled in academic coaching pays a fee which appears once per semester on the student’s financial statement from the college. The fee includes the following services from the TLC:
- Weekly coaching sessions
- Peer tutoring
- Subscription to Campus Toolkit, an online service which provides success tools, assessments, and resources designed to provide students with the tools they need for enhanced self-understanding and mastery.
Academic coaching is a designed alliance between a coach and a student. It is an individualized process which helps students identify their scholastic goals, and its purpose is to stimulate and motivate students toward achieving these goals by providing structure, support, feedback, and encouragement.
Coaches help students in the following areas:
- Goal-setting, planning, and scheduling
- Developing new strategies for organization and time management
- Developing more effective communication skills
- Improving professional skills, such as better meeting management, leadership, presentation, and delegation skills
- Stress management
- Health and wellness
- Development of strategies to maintain focus and concentration
- Social skills and self-esteem
- Effective management of symptoms of attention deficit disorder
- Moving out of their comfort zone to the next level of self-development
Coaching is very different from therapy. Therapy deals with healing psychological issues and is generally very long term and intensive, dealing with personal history as well as cognitive and behavioral development. Coaching is very proactive and does not deal with psychological issues. Coaching acknowledges personal history but focuses on skill development and implementation of new strategies that benefit the student in achieving their goals and becoming more fulfilled and better equipped to meet the daily challenges of college life.
In academic coaching, the coach and student design an alliance together that is synergistic in nature. They co-engineer the process as a team so as to avoid a situation of “nagging.” The roles of each are clearly defined in the beginning. Together they decide what to do and how to do it. A system of accountability is set up that is comfortable for both.
All Union College students may participate in academic coaching through the PACC program if they so choose:
- Personal Academic College Coaching (PACC) - for students struggling with schoolwork.
Some Union College students may be required to participate in academic coaching for one of the following reasons:
- The Admissions Committee has accepted the student on a conditional basis.
- The Readmissions Committee has accepted the student on a conditional basis.
For these students who are required to participate, the TLC operates two programs that include academic coaching: