Academic Support Programs

Academic Success Coaching

Just as a sports coach encourages you to achieve your goals, our coaches help you identify and overcome academic challenges. Academic Success Coaching focuses on building the basic skills described below and is not academic advising, personal counseling, a disciplinary meeting, or individual tutoring. Through a series of one-on-one appointments, you will work with your coach to get from where you are now academically to where you want to be, and create a secure foundation for success in college.


Due to COVID-19, Academic Success Coaching will be offered entirely virtually for summer quarter 2021.

Develop skills


Effective study strategies


Time management


Setting and working towards goals


Finding campus resources



Get started

Begin by scheduling an appointment with one of our coaches. Each appointment will be thirty minutes in length and conducted via Zoom or phone. Details will be sent to your email after you schedule an appointment in a confirmation email. Please confirm your current time zone by choosing your respective time zone under the calendar when scheduling an appointment. We will be open starting June 21st for summer coaching appointments. If the available times do not work for your schedule, please contact to find a time that works best for you.

Schedule a coaching appointment

Reinstatement Coaching

For students who were recently reinstated or for students who want to learn more about how to petition for reinstatement from the College of Arts & Sciences and Pre Majors, please make an appointment with our Reinstatement Coach, Eli. If the available times do not work for your schedule, please contact to find a time that works best for you.

Schedule a Reinstatement Coaching appointment


Study Skills Workshops

If you would like to learn more about the success strategies we offer in coaching sessions, attend one of our workshops! ASP hosts multiple workshops each quarter on various topics from study strategies to self-care. Keep an eye on our workshop page for newly added workshops and updates!

Study Skills Workshops

Meet the coaches

Eli, Reinstatement Coach, They/Them

Major: MPH in Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Hours (Summer): By Reinstatement Coaching appointment only
Location: Phone or Zoom Appointments
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I was born in Tijuana and nearly all of my extended family is scattered across the western states of Mexico. I grew up in SoCal and the American southwest, and I'm always on the lookout for the best authentic Mexican food. I'm not really great at working with my hands but my wife got really into woodworking during quarantine and it has inspired me to finally learn more about things I've put off because I was intimidated. Hopefully it means that by next year I'll be one step closer to owning a motorcycle like I dreamed of when I was a kid!
Career goals It used to be focused strictly on improving the HIV care cascade to better address the outcomes of marginalized groups but with the pandemic I've become more interested in systems-wide thinking. I'm unsure what that will lead to at the moment but for now I'm interested in looking more closely at cities' role in health (especially funding/revenue streams and how that impacts urban planning & policing) and social/geographical epidemiology (how borders shape our understanding of social roles and impact health outcomes).
Hobbies Dungeons & Dragons, watching horror movies, listening to an ever-increasing backlog of podcasts
Notable academic challengeMy mom graduated college in Mexico so I ended up having to navigate the entire college process on my own. When I first went off to college, I got really overwhelmed and my mental health took a dive. I had been struggling with anxiety since high school and wasn't able to ignore it as easily while in college. It wasn't until I failed several courses that I realized I could withdraw from university and take a break. Having that time to reflect on my strengths & weaknesses, as well as build support systems, was really valuable and helped give me a solid foundation when I returned to school. While I still experienced challenges in academia, I was now willing to ask for additional help when I needed it.

Maddie, She/Her

Major: Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health
Hours (Summer): Thursday: 8:30 am- 12 pm, Friday: 10 am- 2 pm (PDT)
Location: Phone or Zoom Appointments
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I am going into my third and last year at the UW and, in addition to my major, I am minoring in Political Science and Environmental Health. I truly enjoy learning about new things and new topics, being around friends and family, being an activist in the issues I care about, and eating yummy food.
Career goals I hope to work in State government one day and/or work on policies for the U.S. food system!
Hobbies I enjoy listening to music, long boarding, painting, going to new and exciting places, being outside, and finding new recipes to try!
Notable academic challengeI was interested in taking the Business major route when I got to UW, but I realized in my first year it was not for me. Once I found out about the Food Systems major, I was thrilled and automatically started pursuing that route instead. It was such a great decision for me to have made and I am thankful I found my true passion!

Linh, She/Her

Major: Philosophy and Psychology
Hours (Summer): Monday: 12:30 pm- 2 pm, Tuesday: 12:30 pm- 2 pm, Wednesday: 12 pm- 2 pm (PST)
Location: Phone or Zoom Appointments
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I am an international student from Vietnam working towards my BA in Philosophy and Psychology. I have a passion for learning, helping other people and getting more involved in the community. As I was once a shy and confused freshman at UW, I understand how difficult it could be to navigate through college. However, I believe I have gained lots of experience as well as learning strategies throughout my time at UW and I am really excited to share and support your journey!
Career goals Becoming a Lawyer and working for non-profit organizations
Hobbies Dancing, cooking, hiking, binge watching shows and trying out new restaurants with my friends and family
Notable academic challengeDespite the fact that I have always wanted to do law, I never learned about it until I took LAW 100 in my first quarter at UW. I thought I was doing really well since I found the class to be super interesting. However, I only got 60% on my first Midterm and it was below the class average. I was devastated because of the fact that practicing law may not be for me. I decided to come to office hours with the mindset that I might be able to argue for my responses. The result was not as I expected, but I learned to accept my grade and learned how to do better on my final exam; perhaps not the materials, but the skill for answering multiple choice questions. During my final exam, I utilized the full three hours, used that newly learned skill and I earned 95% with only one question wrong. It was the happiest day of my entire freshman year and I was really proud of myself. This experience taught me to trust myself and never again let one bad grade determine my ability.

Gracie, Transfer Student Coach, She/Her

Major: Integrated Social Sciences
Hours (Spring): Monday: 9:30 am- 11:30 am, Tuesday: 9:30 am- 11:30 am, Thursday: 9:30 am- 11:30 am (PDT)
Location: Phone or Zoom Appointments
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As a transfer, first generation college student I believe that students need to support each other and learn from one another. As a success coach my advice comes from my own personal struggles and failures within academics.
Career goals I am in the process of applying to law school where I hope to study constitutional and civil rights law. For there I hope to work for a nonprofit law firm to focus on ensuring equality and human rights for all.
Hobbies When I am not studying (which is all the time) I like to bake, play games with my family, go on bookstore dates with my partner (pre-covid), watch Parks and Rec, and do arts and crafts!
Notable academic challengeMy most notable academic challenge was during my first quarter of college when I failed 2 classes. These failures were not due to a lack of academic understanding but rather a result of lack of prioritizing myself and my health. Once I focused on my self care and trying out different academic paths I learned what worked for me and was able to get back on track!

Staying Motivated in Online Courses

Of course on a large scale my goals of law school, becoming a lawyer and the impact I hope to make push me everyday to stay motivated in my school work. On an every day scale to do lists! Because online classes aren't as tangible as in person classes it is important to create a sense of accomplishment and while it may sounds silly I love the satisfaction of checking things off my to do list!

—Gracie Pakosz, She/Her

Other UW Coaches

Our program is aimed at overcoming academic challenges and fostering academic success. There is a complementary UW program offered by our partners in LiveWell called Peer Wellness Coaching. It is dedicated to health and wellness topics, skills, and development.