Center for Academic Success

Academic Coaching

At CNU, Academic Coaches are full-time Academic Success professionals who work one-on-one to provide students with semester-long academic support in areas such as time management, procrastination, test preparation, note taking and/or reading strategies. Academic Success staff work individually with students, assess their strengths and needs, and devise a personalized plan of action. Academic Success staff members can also assist incoming students with the transition from high school (or from a previous college) to Christopher Newport University.

Students typically meet with an Academic Success staff member for academic coaching 3-4 appointments/semester (but may request more). We recommend students come in early and often to gain the most benefit. The average student will meet with their academic coach at the beginning of the term, again at the three week mark, after midterms, and then again prior to final exams. In each of these sessions, the student has the opportunity to share concerns or struggles, get feedback, learn new strategies and then plenty of time to test new techniques and report back on the success of incorporating new strategies.

The ultimate goal of academic coaching is to promote an individual’s self-efficacy and confidence during their time at Christopher Newport University.

Through Academic Coaching, we strive to help the student

  • Become a self-regulated learner
  • Understand and use effective learning strategies which support his or her learning style
  • Identify obstacles that may be impeding academic success
  • Focus on goals and identify specific action steps to reach those goals
  • Develop strong time-management and organization skills
  • Take ownership of personal academic success
  • Access other campus resources, as needed, such as academic advising, personal or career counseling, or writing/tutoring assistance

Students interested in working with an Academic Success Staff member in a coaching capacity may complete the form below.

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