Instructor-Led Academic Coaching

Meet weekly, one-on-one, with an instructor to work toward your academic goals in an independent study-like format.

Designed for first- and second-year students transitioning to college learning, this fee-based program supports your growth in the areas of time management, organization, learning strategies, goal setting, the study process, and self-advocacy. You’ll be introduced and encouraged to utilize campus resources to support your academic progress.

If you are beyond second-year status, consider utilizing Peer Academic Coaching or enrolling in one of our Success Courses for continued support and development as a successful student and learner.


Our instructors will support you in:

  • Gaining a greater awareness of college-level academic expectations and habits
  • Being exposed to effective strategies in time management and study strategies that complement your academic goals
  • Gaining a greater understanding and encourage you to use campus resources that support your academic progress

 Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program you’ll be able to:

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


  • Academic Organization: Explore how to organize your classes, course work, and deadlines.
  • Consolidation: Explore weekly techniques and strategies on how to consolidate your course materials, such as class notes, and text markings.
  • 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: Set yourself up for success by starting the semester with goals.
  • Note-taking: Explore this foundational part of the study process to help you create useful notes.
  • Study Process: Give time and attention to your course work by learning how to review daily and weekly and for quizzes, exams, and projects.
  • Text Marking: Learn active reading and text marking strategies that include previewing before and after class.
  • Time Management: Manage priorities, homework, studying, and extra-curricular activities by learning how to manage your time.

 Student Expectations

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

  • Be on time for each weekly meeting, 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 learning
  • Complete an end-of-semester reflection survey

The program will:

  • Protect student 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.
  • Facilitate weekly meetings to discuss, practice, and implement academic topics, tools, and strategies.
  • Refer students to campus resources that provide additional services to support student success.
  • Promote self-advocacy.

The program will not:

  • Release student information to family, friends or other non-RIT affiliated third parties about academic progress or meeting attendance.
  • Monitor students' grades and assignment submissions, including advocating on the student’s behalf regarding grades, classwork, due date extensions, attendance or academic integrity.
  • Arrange for students’ disability accommodations.
  • Provide specific, program-related academic advising.
  • Offer person assistance/services.


Enrollment for the spring 2021 (2205) semester is now closed.
Fee: $790.00 per semester (14 meetings)