Academic Coaching Program

What is the Academic Coaching Program?

The Academic Coaching Program is an initiative that provides academic support to new-to-UTM students. Through the program, you will:

  • Improve your goal-setting skills by learning to create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic, Time-based) goals
  • Generate action plans that utilize campus resources aligned with your SMART goals
  • Learn the benefits of maintaining an accountability system to track and assess your progress toward attaining your personalized goals
  • More holistically identify factors that contribute to academic success
  • Feel more connected to your student community and to the broader UTM community 

What is the structure of the program?

The program involves 1-hour academic coaching sessions throughout the semester, led by the Academic Coach and student mentors. During these sessions, you, along with a small group of other new to UTM students, will be taught a variety of skills designed to enhance your academic performance throughout your time here at UTM, while also building a sense of community and connection with the UTM campus.

Your mentors are successful upper-year students who have been through it all already, so they’ll have plenty of helpful advice for you that you might not be able to get elsewhere. They will be there if you have any questions you have about the UTM campus or resources, need some general help or advice, or just want someone to talk with.

You’ll also be able to schedule 1-on-1 appointments with the Academic Coach, who will be able to work personally with you to help you develop an academic study plan for your time here at UTM, as well as answer any questions you have about building academic skills.

The program is completely free, and you don’t have to worry about grades - there are none! Students who successfully complete the program (which involves attending the required minimum number of sessions) will be awarded a notation on their Co-Curricular Record, which serves as UofT’s official non-academic transcript. You’ll also be invited to an end of the year recognition event where you’ll be presented with your certificate of completion.

How can I sign up?

Check back in August for more details on the 2017/2018 Academic year offerings, including possible changes to the program structure described above!