Transition Coaching Program

Students working together

What is the Transition Coaching Program?

Adjusting to university life in your first year can certainly be a challenge, especially as we find ourselves in an academic year like no other. Between your academic responsibilities, your commitments to family and friends, taking care of yourself, and managing all the demands life throws your way, it’s common to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next.  

With the support of the Transition Coaching Program, you can build the skills you need to meet and exceed your expectations, and help answer some incredibly important questions:   

  • How do I make goals for myself and stick to them? 
  • How do I better manage my time and get my work done? 
  • How do I manage my stress during the school year?  
  • How do I make new friends and get involved on campus?  
  • Who is here to support me on campus? 

The Transition Coaching Program is based on six key areas of transition development:

  • Learning Course Material
  • Managing Your Time
  • Paying for College Expenses
  • Getting Help with School Work
  • Making New Friends
  • Interacting with Faculty

Through one-on-one coaching meetings with the Academic Coach and Peer Coaches, you will improve these transition skills. We will give you tangible strategies tailored to first year students, help you set strong goals, and connect you with the resources and programs on campus that meet your needs. 

Benefits of Joining the Program 

  1. One-on-one appointments with the Academic Coach, a professional staff at UTM who will work with you to create strong goals and support you in taking your next steps to success.  
  2. One-on-one meetings with your Peer Coach, a successful upper-year student at UTM, ready to share their experiences and help guide you to achieve your goals.   
  3. Receive individualized and continuous feedback on your goal setting throughout the semester. 
  4. Access to asynchronous content and activities whenever you need them to help you develop the skills you need to learn course material, manage your time, get involved on campus, interact with faculty and much more! 
  5. Opportunities learn about and connect with all the great resources and services available to you at UTM.  
  6. Receive Co-Curricular Record (CCR) credit for participation in the program.

How is the program structured?

Week 1: First appointment with the Academic Coach

Week 2: First follow-up with your Peer Coach

Week 3: Midpoint Check-in with your Peer Coach (over email or text message) 

Week 4: Second follow-up with your Peer Coach 

Week 5: Final appointment with the Academic Coach 

Over the course of the fall semester, you will attend 4 coaching appointments (Two 30 minute appointments with your Academic Coach and Two 20 minute appointments with your Peer Coach).

In your first meeting, your coach will review some of their insights from your report from the Before College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) with you. Together you will highlight key transition skills for you to work on with your coaching assistant and develop an action plan to improve those skills.

Over the next couple of weeks you will work on your action plan with the support of your Peer Coach.

In your final meeting with the Academic Coach, you will look at ways to keep developing through programs at UTM and stay engaged with CSE’s supports to succeed at UTM and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment like?

The program takes place over a 5 week period. Each appointment is between twenty to thirty minutes long, depending on who you are meeting with. Each appointment is a week apart, with the exception of the first and second follow ups with the Peer Coach, which have a two week break in between. At each appointment, you will book your following appointment.

The personal work you to do achieve your goals outside of appointments is ultimately up to you. What you put into this program, is what you will get out of it! We'll be here the entire time to support you in identifying and taking whatever next steps you need to get to your place of success! 

How do I attend appointments?

By default, appointments will be booked as Microsoft Teams meetings, but we can also arrange Zoom or phone appointments if you prefer that.

Can anyone participate?

This program is invitation-only. Invitations will be sent to select students based on their Before College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) responses. To be eligible for this program you must have completed the Before College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE).


For all questions and feedback regarding Transition Coaching Program, please contact:

Andrew Fenech 
Student Engagement Coordinator, Academic Coaching