Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching includes a series of individual meetings with a professional Learning Specialist to help students develop and refine skills necessary for the rigors of the University of Arizona.  Topics include balancing and prioritizing time, success in courses, and test preparation. Academic Coaching sessions provide students an opportunity to talk about both academic and non-academic topics as they transition into the University of Arizona or as they transition into more demanding coursework. This is a fee-based service.

One Session: $65.00

Six Session Bundle: $370.00

Ten Session Bundle: $600.00

Students will be contacted by their Learning Specialist with scheduling details.


Frequently Asked Questions

Click the "Register for Academic Coaching" button above and then complete the form to sign up. After you have signed up, you will be assigned a learning specialist. Your learning specialist is your academic coach and will contact you to set up your first appointment.  If you want to learn more before you sign up, please contact Carly Winetrobe at or 520 621-7610.

Depending on the package you choose, you can meet with your learning specialist as often as meets your needs. Most students who choose the 10-session semester bundle meet every week or every other week for coaching appointments. Other options include a 6-session bundle or one-time appointments.

There are numerous reasons why a student would benefit from regular meetings with a professional academic coach. Adjusting to and managing your life in college can be a huge challenge, so having an academic coach as part of your support system can be beneficial.

Some commonly addressed subjects for academic coaching include but are not limited to:

  • Study Strategies
  • Time Management
  • Testing Anxiety
  • Navigating Campus & Finding Resources
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Involvement & Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Relationship Building with Campus Staff & Faculty
  • Transition into and out of College
  • Interpersonal Relationships

Academic coaching is all about holistic support. Each student's goals and challenges can vary, so your learning specialist is ready to hear what skills you want to develop!

Successful students meet with a learning specialist to receive mentorship and guidance. In addition to academic skills development, academic coaching can provide you with space to reflect on your current habits and past experiences as well as set goals and create action plans for your future.

Academic Skills Tutors (ASTs) are trained undergraduate students who provide support to students on many of the same topics as Learning Specialists. Whether a student sees a Learning Specialist or an AST is largely about the comfort level and needs of the student. Where ASTs may be more approachable for some students, others find the additional mentorship, guidance, structure, and professional expertise of a Learning Specialist valuable when navigating the university. In addition, students typically have regularly standing appointments with their Learning Specialist, whereas their meeting times with ASTs can be frequent but occur on a drop-in basis.

To learn more about ASTs, visit the Academic Skills Tutoring page.

Learning specialists specialize in general academic skills and study strategies, so what you learn and discuss in your academic coaching sessions applies to all of your coursework. While learning specialists are happy to discuss, strategize for, and reflect on assignments and exams with you, they are not tutors for course content. THINK TANK provides drop-in and private tutoring in a wide variety of subjects and courses. To find out what tutoring and other services we offer for a particular subject or course, visit the Support by Subject page or ask your learning specialist!

While academic coaching may involve meaningful conversations about mental health and wellbeing, learning specialists are not trained counselors. If you are interested in counseling, please visit Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at Campus Health. Your Learning Specialist can tell you more about CAPS and talk with you about how they can best support you if you choose to seek counseling.

Academic coaching is designed to make your workload more manageable, not add to it! The things you take away from your appointments (such as test preparation strategies or time management practices) require effort, but will help your continued growth at the university and beyond. While it is up to you to put your skills into practice, there is not assigned homework.

If you have any further questions about Academic Coaching services, please contact Carly Winetrobe at or 520 621-7610.