The Counselling Centre

Academic & Life Skills Coaching

Academic & Life Skills Coaching

What is Academic & Life skills Coaching?

 It is a positive and interactive service that provides an opportunity for students to develop achievable academic goals, learn effective learning strategies (“working smarter and not harder”) and define learning objectives.  A goal of this service is to help increase students’ self-awareness, improve and enrich the overall learning experience, increase motivation and engagement and develop a set of skills that will serve them throughout their academic career and beyond.

What happens in session?

The academic & life skills coaching process involves an initial appraisal of student goals, concerns, and objectives. Through this service students have the opportunity to discuss their current habits of working, as well as uncovering barriers to success.  It is an opportunity to get support and encouragement around the challenges associated with university learning.  Interactive activities are completed in session to put into practice a variety of effective strategies.

What topics are covered in one-on-one sessions and group workshops?

  • Increasing motivation and class engagement
  • Building a positive and productive working relationship with professors
  • Academic skill building strategies: active reading, note taking, effective approaches to course review
  • Time management – planning, prioritizing and overcoming procrastination
  • Stress management and building resiliency
  • Setting goals and creating academic action plans
  • Active learning
  • Exam preparation and managing exam anxiety
  • And more…

Who could benefit from participating? 

Academic & Life skills Coaching is for all students who wish to reach their academic potential, while managing the stress associated with being a student and building resiliency, which will have life-long benefits.

How do I make an appointment?

Students can schedule an appointment by calling 902-420-5615, emailing counselling@smu.ca or dropping by in person to The Counselling Centre, located on the 4th floor of the Student Centre.       

 

What Academic Coaching IS:

  • Supplemental to coursework
  • Supplemental to advising
  • Academically focused
  • Goal-oriented
  • Collaborative

        What Academic Coaching IS NOT:

  •  Content specific
  • Academic advising (course selection/program requirements)
  • Counselling
  • Tutoring