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What is Academic Success Coaching?

Academic success coaching is a strategic, personalized partnership designed to help students achieve educational and personal success. VMASC success coaches offer one on one support to help students create action plans for overcoming barriers that impede their ability to create and achieve goals.

Common topics discussed in coaching include:

  • College Transition
  • Organizational Skills
  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting and Planning
  • Motivation
  • Strategies for Studying, Note Taking, and Test Preparation
  • And many more!

What to Expect

Academic Success Coaching Involves

Academic Success Coaching Does NOT Involve

Creating & achieving S.M.A.R.T. goals

Academic advising

Developing skills to succeed in college & life

Career counseling

Identifying & overcoming barriers to success

Psychological therapy


Tutoring/supplemental instruction

Preparing for Your First Appointment

In order to make the most of your session, please complete the following before your first coaching appointment:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who will be my coach?

    Maggie Tucker and Allison Ciamarra are the current VMASC success coaches.

  • How much does success coaching cost?

    Coaching is FREE and unlimited for all currently enrolled UAB students.

  • How often will I meet with a coach?

    If a student voluntarily seeks academic coaching, they are not required to meet any specific number of times. However, students who meet three or more times are more likely to experience the best results from the coaching experience. You and your coach will design an individualized plan to determine how often you will meet. A student could meet with their coach biweekly, once a month, three times in a semester, etc.

  • How do I make the most of my coaching appointments?

    Before your Appointment

    • Check your UAB email for any communication you may have missed from your coach.
    • Consider checking out our coaching staff page to learn more about your coach.
    • List the topics you would like to discuss and any questions you have for your coach. Examples include:
      • Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and creating an action plan to meet those goals.
      • Creating a time management system that works for you.
      • Identifying learning and studying techniques that are most effective for you.
      • Trying new reading or note-taking strategies

    During your Appointment

    • Be open and honest with your coach.
    • Take detailed notes.
    • Ask thoughtful questions.
    • Remember that coaching is about what you need. If you feel the conversation is not helpful or going the direction you need, be sure to ask the coach to re-direct the conversation to what is most helpful for you.
    • Schedule a follow up appointment if appropriate.

    After your Appointment

    • Spend some time reviewing your notes.
    • Work on the action items agreed upon with your coach.
    • Check-in with yourself and ask these questions:
      • What progress have you made?
      • If you feel stuck, what has not gone according to plan and why?
    • Consider other resources you may benefit from besides coaching to support your academic and personal goals (i.e. Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Counseling).
    • Always feel free to contact your coach with any follow up questions you may have.
  • Do I have to be failing to receive academic coaching?

    No. While some students may be required to attend coaching as a result of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), success coaching is open to all UAB students who would like to improve their academic and personal success.