How Coaching Works

Forms of Coaching

In-Depth Sessions are weekly 45-minute meetings that occur on the same day each week. The coach and student meet one-on-one with a coach where plans are developed and executed to have a successful academic journey. Our four pillars: time management, planning & prioritization, resources, and communication are all discussed and expanded on where needed. Our goal with these sessions is to improve our academic toolbox and study skills/habits; we do not offer tutoring.
Transfer coaches work solely with transfer students. They follow the same guidelines as in-depth sessions but have flexibility around the frequency of meetings and available time. 
Coaches native to East Bay work in General Studies (GS) classes as a bridge between the students and their professors, while facilitating various activities. GS class is where students learn techniques and skills that will help support them throughout their college careers. During the beginning of the fall semester, the coaches in GS classes will offer one-on-one meetings to get to know their students.

Frequently Asked Questions

During your first Peer Academic Coaching session, a coach will meet with you to go over coaching policies and to set goals for the semester. In the following in-depth sessions, the same coach will check in with you about how classes are going and help you stay on track to reaching your goals. Coaches do this by asking reflective questions and helping you create weekly plans for homework assignments and tests.
Peer Academic Coaches differ from tutors because we do not teach specific subjects. Instead, we work with students to help them with essential skills for college and beyond. This includes time management, planning and prioritization, communication with faculty, and use of on-campus resources.
To meet with a coach, an advisor or faculty member typically refers students to our program. If you would like to meet with a coach without a referral, please email with your preferred times and the kind of support you are looking for. Please note that we hold in-depth sessions Monday to Thursday, 9AM-5PM, and Friday 12PM-3PM.
  • " It is like talking to close friends that wants you to do good in not only your academics but in your mental health. It is not like a forced thing like many feel with adults. Peer coaching is a lot more helpful because they are way more down to earth and real with you." - Mariana
  • "It changes your whole mindset about your school work so that you can finish the year out strong." - Raven
  • "The best thing about my coach was that she truly showed she cared about me improving and gave me the best advice when I told her I was afraid of failing Math, thanks to her I am more confident in asking for help." - Coaching Student
  • "These short sessions impacted my grades drastically and helped me create better study habits. The coaches understand exactly what you are stressing about and are here to help you in the long run." - Sasha
  • "My coach introduced me to tools that I never knew about but ended up being very helpful. She always helped me with any question that I've had. Everytime I emailed I got a response the same day. " - Janiah
  • "Emailing professors was always intimidating but my coach made it seem so easy. And it really is! So now I email who I need to email whenever I feel the need to. " - Coaching Student
  • "The best thing about coaching for me was the weekly meetings. Going over my grades and getting a better handle of time management with my coach changed the motivation I had towards my education." - Jamiah
  • "As much as you may think you don't need it, having someone there to guide you and someone to rely on will help a lot." - Coaching Student