Instructor-Led Academic Coaching

Meet weekly, one-on-one, with an instructor to learn about college-level study skills to complement your academic goals.

This fee-based introductory service is offered to first- and second-year students* transitioning to college academics. Your assigned instructor will work with you one-on-one in a classroom-type setting, introducing you to a curriculum of college-level academic strategies and study skills. You will be encouraged to utilize additional campus resources to complement your academic goals. Instructional meetings (a total of 13 per semester) are 50 minutes and begin in Week 2. Students enrolled in this service will also receive one orientation meeting during the first week of the semester. For more information, please visit our FAQs.

If you are beyond second-year status, consider utilizing Peer Academic Coaching or enrolling in one of our Success Courses.

*Students enrolled in specialized support programs may find this service redundant.


Our instructors will teach and make recommendations so that you will:

  • Gain a greater awareness of college-level academics
  • Be exposed to college-level study skills and time management to complement your academic goals
  • Gain a greater awareness of and ultimately use available campus resources

 Learning Outcomes

By regularly attending meetings, actively participating and following recommendations, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate high school-level and college-level academics
  • Identify and apply 3-5 time management and study strategies that complement your academic goals
  • Identify and utilize 3-5 campus resources that complement your academic goals


  • Academic Organization: Explore best practices on how to organize course work.
  • Consolidation: Explore weekly techniques, such as text markings and strategies on how to consolidate your course materials, such as class notes.
  • Effective Test Prep, Taking, and Analysis: Learn to utilize academic organization, time management, and the process of studying for effective test preparation and review.
  • Goal Setting: Explore best practices on setting short-term and semester goals.
  • Note-taking: Introduction to note-taking formats as a foundational part of the study process to create useful notes.
  • Study Process: Explore the concept of "giving time and attention" to course work through daily and weekly content review in preparation for quizzes, exams, and projects.
  • Text Marking: Introduction to active reading and text marking strategies that include previewing material before and after class.
  • Time Management: Explore best practices on how to manage academic priorities, homework, studying, and extra-curricular activities.

 Student Expectations

If you are interested in participating in Instructor-led Academic Coaching, you will need to complete both Step 1 and Step 2 of the enrollment process. By enrolling in this program, you are expected to:

  • Regularly attend meetings
  • Actively participate in lessons
  • Be on time and if need be, communicate and cancel the scheduled meeting in accordance to the RIT Attendance Policy
  • Follow and implement recommended academic strategies outside of scheduled meetings
  • Be accountable and responsible
  • Utilize campus resources to complement your academic goals
  • Complete an end-of-semester reflection survey

Instructor-led Academic Coaching will:

  • Protect your information in accordance with FERPA (Family Educational and privacy Act of 1974)
  • Respond to and/or initiate communication to/from RIT faculty or staff about academic progress or meeting attendance
  • Provide weekly (13) instructional meetings to introduce and recommend academic tools and study skills
  • Refer you to campus resources that provide additional services
  • Promote self-advocacy

Instructor-led Academic Coaching will not:

  • Complete FERPA for you, release your information to family, friends, or other non-RIT affiliated third parties about your academic progress or meeting attendance
  • Monitor your grades and assignment submissions, including advocating on your behalf regarding grades, classwork, due date extensions, attendance or academic integrity
  • Arrange for your disability accommodations.
  • Provide specific, program-related academic advising
  • Offer personal assistance/services or executive functioning coaching


Instructor-led Academic Coaching FAQ 

Enrollment Information