The goal of coaching is to lead others toward independent work and productivity. Individual tutorials geared toward personal needs can greatly enhance the college education experience by improving one's abilities in a given area of study.

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The Coach's Role

The LRC offers a variety of assistance with all aspects of the college's course offerings including all majors, both undergraduate and graduate.

One-hour coaching session topics with an academic writing coach might include how to:

  • choose a topic
  • narrow a subject
  • read a project draft
  • receive editorial feedback
  • properly source your research
  • meet homework assignments
  • critically analyze visuals
  • understand the content of theoretical readings
  • strengthen English composition skills
  • improve note-taking skills
  • make flash cards and study material
  • improve interface navigation for computer programs
  • understand math/science assignments

Coaches are CCA work-study students who have demonstrated academic competence in specific areas. They are trained to be a curious and sympathetic audience for students, while also providing important and invaluable insight into each student’s strengths and weaknesses.

They share their knowledge and encourage students to apply learning strategies and organizational techniques to increase students' likelihood of success in their assignments or projects.

However, they neither grade nor assign work.

The goal of the coach is to teach the student skills to succeed on their own. Studies have shown that working with a coach improves students’ grades and academic confidence

Writing Coaches

Many writing coaches are enrolled in CCA's MFA Program in Writing. They are deeply interested in writing and are a curious and sympathetic audience, who can help with a wide range of writing assignments, from an artist statement to a graduate thesis.

A one-hour coaching session might include how to:

  • choose a topic
  • narrow a subject
  • read a project draft
  • provid feedback on content, organization, paragraph structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • properly source your research for a final draft

Often writing coaches provide insight and guidance into the strongest parts of your written work. As a result, students often find their overall writing has improved.

Visual Studies Coaches

Many Visual Studies coaches are enrolled in CCA’s Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies, and can support individuals or small groups of students enrolled in Visual Studies courses.

Sessions might include how to:

  • take better notes
  • study more effectively
  • better comprehend textbooks
  • make flash cards

In addition, a coach can review the content of an instructor's lecture or work with you to improve your Visual and Critical Studies writing assignments.

Software Coaches

CCA offers coaching for many of the software applications the college uses in the classroom. Lab monitors are not software tutors, so CCA employs qualified students as software coaches.

You must bring your project to the coaching session and have clear questions prepared in advance. While coaches offer valuable insights, they cannot teach a program in its entirety in a single meeting.

Occasionally, software program workshops are offered. Topics have included Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as well as Apple’s Final Cut Pro.

Math/Science Coaches

Math and science coaches are hired based on their strong backgrounds in these areas.