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.

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

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Effective study strategies

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Time management

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Setting and working towards goals

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Finding campus resources

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Motivation

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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. Please confirm your current time zone by choosing your respective time zone under the calendar when scheduling an appointment. If the available times do not work for your schedule, please contact aspcoach@uw.edu to find a time that works best for you.

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Meet the coaches

Eli, Reinstatement Coach, They/Them

Major: MPH in Epidemiology, School of Public Health
Hours (Winter): Monday: 2:30 pm- 5 pm, Friday: 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm (PST)
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.

Joey, He/Him

Major: Planning on pursuing Bioengineering
Hours (Winter): Monday: 6 pm- 8:30 pm, Tuesday: 7:30 pm- 9 pm (PST)
Location: Phone or Zoom Appointments
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I've lived in the Seattle area for the majority of my life, along with short stints in Arizona and China. Coming from an immigrant family, college was both exciting and daunting for me, and I'm excited to share with you all of the experiences and strategies I've picked up along the way. I love meeting new people and hearing about their experiences - I'm excited to meet you!
Career goals Becoming a physician-scientist with a focus on immunotherapy
Hobbies Longboarding, watching football, cooking (but not baking), playing with my dog
Notable academic challengeDuring this past summer, I took Physics 123, hoping to finish out the Physics 12X series on a strong note. I thought that since I had done well in the previous classes of the series, I'd be able to do well in this class using the same study strategies. After taking the first midterm, I was shocked to see that I had scored a 62% on the exam. Although demoralizing at first, this became a wake-up call for me to adapt my study strategies. I started trying out new study techniques, going to my professor's office hours every week, and utilizing CLUE tutors to understand the material as thoroughly as I could. Physics 123 ended up being one of my most challenging classes at UW, but it was well worth it for what it taught me, both in and outside of the classroom.

Kassie, Graduate Student Coach, She/Her

Major: M.S. in Occupational Hygiene, School of Public Health
Hours (Winter): Monday: 8:30 am- 11 am, Tuesday: 4 pm- 6 pm, Thursday: 3 pm- 4 pm (PST)
Location: Phone or Zoom Appointments
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Hello! I just graduated with my BA in Public Health-Global Health and I am excited to start working towards my MS in Occupational Hygiene here at UW. As a first-generation college student, navigating the university hasn't always been easy, but I am excited to share my strategies and get a chance to help other students.
Career goals Becoming a Certified Industrial Hygienist or conducting research on occupational hazards
Hobbies Playing basketball, juggling, painting, and watching too many cooking shows
Notable academic challengeThroughout high school and the first two years of college, I never considered myself "good at STEM classes." My major requires that I take a certain amount of Chemistry and Biology, and I was terrified. For my first exam in my Chem 120 class, I got 20 points below the average and I thought it just cemented that I would never succeed in any type of medical or scientific field. I didn't have a single friend in the class and I felt so alone and behind everyone else. I decided since I had nothing to lose, I would do the unthinkable, and actually do practice problems from the textbook every night. I studied nightly, even when the next test was weeks away. I also went to my TA's and professor's office hours for the first time in my college career and they would literally do every Lab Report problem with me step-by-step. I ended up a 3.4 for my final grade and now I have been admitted to a Masters of Science program here at UW for next fall. After realizing that I wasn't "bad" at STEM and that it just took a little more effort and resources, I found that I actually enjoy those classes the most.

Maya, She/Her

Major: Asian Studies
Hours (Winter): Tuesday: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm, Thursday: 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm, Friday: 10:30 am- 12 pm (PST)
Location: Phone or Zoom Appointments
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I am a senior majoring in Asian Studies with a minor in Statistics. I was born in Australia but moved to Iowa when I was 5. I love being able to help others whether it be leading by example, giving advice or volunteering. I can't wait to meet you!
Career goals To make a difference in the world, a leadership role for a company
Hobbies Reading, drinking bubble tea, playing League of Legends with friends, watching figure skating
Notable academic challengeGoing into college I honestly had no clue about what I wanted to do in the future. If you read my career goals up above, they are very vague because I am unsure about what is in store for me. Originally, I wanted to major in Economics and took a lot of Econ classes. However, I realized that Econ was not the best path for me and I did not find myself enjoying my classes. I switched majors fall quarter of my junior year to International Studies, and have found myself a lot happier with this new path. Switching majors junior year is very late, for many students are already in their majors by their sophomore year. But do not worry! It is definitely possible and I am on track to graduate. It is okay to switch majors and it is okay to not be in a major as soon as you would have hoped. Take time, explore new ideas, and find something that makes you happy.

Maddie, She/Her

Major: Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health
Hours (Winter): Monday: 12 pm- 2 pm, Tuesday: 9 am- 10:30 am, Wednesday: 12 pm- 2 pm (PST)
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 (Winter): Tuesday: 6 pm- 7:30 pm, Wednesday: 7 pm- 9 pm, Thursday: 4:30 pm- 6:30 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, She/Her

Major: Integrated Social Sciences
Hours (Winter): Tuesday: 11 am- 1 pm, Wednesday: 8:30 am- 10 am, Thursday: 9:30 am- 11:30 am (PST)
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!

Lyda, She/Her

Major: Public Health-Global Health (B.S.) with Departmental Honors
Hours (Winter): Friday: 8 am- 10 am (PST)
Location: Phone or Zoom Appointments
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Hi friends! I am a second-generation Iranian-American undergraduate working towards my Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Global Health with departmental honors. I am an aspiring Pediatrician and Community Outreach Specialist very passionate about the intersection of contemporary medicine and inequities of population health directly impacting refugees and asylum seekers. I am very excited to assist in your development of effective study strategies and meaningful goals that will guide your journey in achieving your personal and career aspirations! Having minimal connections in the city as a second-generation American has encouraged me to become resourceful and willing to discover new learning opportunities and strategies to improve my academic mindset, all of which I am excited to work alongside with you all on!
Career goals Becoming a Pediatrician and Community Outreach Specialist improving equitable healthcare in underrepresented and minority communities.
Hobbies Cooking, exploring new food places, paddle-boarding in Lake Union/Greenlake, hiking
Notable academic challengeIn my first quarter of freshman year, I took Chemistry 142 to fulfill a Public Health-Global Health admission requirement. Chemistry was my strong subject, and I decided to utilize study strategies I developed in my Running Start Curriculum that previously correlated with successful results. Upon completing my first exam, I received a 65%, which was only slightly above the average. This score made me feel extremely discouraged because I was nervous that it would derail my aspirations of becoming a doctor. From this experience, I adopted a new study strategy that involved rewatching lectures on Panopto to catch any missed information, and inquired with instructors about confusing concepts. With these new strategies, I scored a 90% on my final and even finished the class with a 3.6 GPA. Although failure is inevitable to avoid, developing a positive mindset and understanding that the obstacles we overcome are necessary milestones is important in achieving personal and academic goals.

Staying Motivated in Online Courses

One thing that I was most surprised about Online Courses is my productivity. I am motivated by my set goal of coming out this difficult time with new skills and deeper understanding of myself (so no excuses because I have all this time at home). Hence, keeping myself busy with learning new recipes, a new language, filling out blank pages in my journal, and doing a short workout between classes help keep my motivation running while building a new habit. However, not everyday is the same and although discipline is important, having a good time is even more critical to keep the flow and engagement.

—Linh, She/Her