Academic Life Coaching
Academic Life Coaching is a transformative process that engages students in an accountable partnership that facilitates (their) growth through identification of who they want to be, ownership of challenges, and creating meaningful action plans for success and fulfillment at the university and beyond.
What does coaching look like?
A life coaching session is designed to ask questions that create space for self reflection that
will turn into action to help you achieve your goals in both academics and life.
Some examples are:
- Goal setting
- Time Management
- Work Life Balance
- Handling Conflict
- Self Confidence
- Self Efficacy
- Social Engagement
"Academic Life Coaching has provided me with plenty of support during my first year in college. As a first generation college student I found guidance and a sense of understanding with my coach and my peer success coach. Programs like these are very much needed because they act as a helping hand for those of us who are in a bit of a struggle trying to find success in and out of college."
- Ivette Morales, TTU First-Year
Meet the Success Coaching Team
Who are they?
Coming to us from successful careers in business, education, and academic advising, each Success Coach brings a professional certification in academic life coaching, along with different academic and professional experiences to bear when working to support with each individual student . Learn more about our Success Coach professionals by reviewing their individual profiles online.
What do they do?
Student Success Coaches work to engage Red Raiders through professional interactions that recognize potential, engage challenges, encourage excellence, and promote persistence.
Members of SSR's Student Success Coach team provide and document holistic interactions (e.g., success coaching, goal articulation, issue identification, action planning, referral to campus resources) for assigned student populations, including all students-in-distress. Coaching interactions frequently involve guidance for those considering substantial academic changes, initiating an academic withdrawal, making little or no progress to degree, initiating multiple repeat course enrollments, and identified as being at-risk, among others.
Additionally, Success Coaches are responsible for providing the following:
- administrative, clerical, and technical support with analyses of students' academic status,
- collaborations with campus offices,
- communications regarding preregistration, registration, add/drop and resource promotions, and campus events including or related to academic advising, student success, and persistence-to-degree.
Through its programs, services, and tools, Student Success & Retention supports all our diverse student population and partners strategically with the many invested faculty members, student support professionals, academic advisors, engagement programs, and administrative personnel across campus.
How can I interact with them?
You can also set up an appointment using strive.ttu.edu.
- Select "Get Tutoring, Coaching, & Instructor Appointments" at the top right corner of the page.
- In the "Choose a Student Service" field, select the appropriate "Academic Coaching: _______" option from the drop-down list.
- In the "What location do you prefer?" field, select "Student Success & Retention (Drane 115)" option from the drop-down list.
- A list of coaches and their available appointment times are now listed.
- Once a coach and an appointment time are chosen, add any important comments and select
a "Reminder" option.
- Click "Submit" to submit your appointment request.
Meet the Peer Success Coaching Team
Who are they?
Currently, these twelve students come to Student Success & Retention from the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Media & Communication, the Honors College, the Rawls College of Business, the Whitacre College of Engineering, University Studies, the Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, and the Graduate School. Visit the SSR Team page to learn more.
Each PSC brings different skills, abilities, style, personality, and experience to the team. Learn more about our PSC team members by reviewing their individual profiles online.
What do they do?
So far, PSCs have made many, many phone calls to reach specific populations of students who are showing some signs of academic distress or non-performance. In these calls, the student coaches
- act as an informed resource for all students regarding matters related to accessing available campus resources,
- act as a referral source throughout the academic year to support Texas Tech's administrators, advising, and instructional personnel, and
- coach their fellow students on trusted strategies for effective time management, studying, exam preparation.
- attend/complete required trainings and represent the SSR team at various university events,
- undertake statistical analysis of student success markers, proposing potential coaching interventions,
- participate in the planning and execution of the Regional Symposium for Student Success,
- attend and occasionally lead weekly team meetings throughout the fall and spring semester,
- investigate and report on best practices and scholarly research in the area of student success,
- conduct quality reviews and clinical supervision of other peer coaches, and
- handle additional administrative duties including but not limited to, regular reporting of peer coaching and facilitation sessions, promoting and advertising campus resources, communicating with university personnel, monitoring the email@example.com mailbox, update web pages, answering incoming phone calls for 806-742-7774 (SPRG), and other basic administrative duties as they arise.
How does the work of these Success Coaches affect Texas Tech's many other supportive personnel?
The principle of harambee applies here: "Pushing forward together." In short, it expands the team in some ways.
Thankfully, academic advisors and faculty members and many other support personnel already invest in accomplishing many of the same responsibilities each term. Generally speaking, these efforts are accomplished in response to requests and visits made by students. As you well know, the demands on these personnel, are substantial.
So, where they can, PSCs are working to shoulder a small bit of the load. Specifically, you can trust the following is true:
- These student workers are providing students with an easily- and readily- available listening ear that always ends the conversation with, "The good news is, there's a resource for that."
- These student workers are able to drum up interest from those students who aren't yet fully capitalizing on the resources of our campus.
- These student workers are helping students learn to answer their own foundational questions, freeing your students to engage you in higher-level conversations that require the investment of committed and knowledgeable professionals.
How do we know this work is happening?
All of the Peer Success Coaches' interactions with students are thoroughly documented in the form of Tutoring Appointment reports in the Strive.TTU.edu system. When they send emails, Strive users will see the information logged under students' "Conversations."
How do I get a job as a Peer Success Coach?
Peer Success Coaches are selected from a competitive group of applicants, developed as if they were professional staff, and employed up to twenty hours per week. Learn more about joining the team as a PSC.