Academic Coaching Program

Academic Coaching Program

The health, safety and well-being of our community members is very important to us. We regret to inform you that owing to the current situation with COVID-19, the Academic Coaching Program's weekly sessions have been modified to an online format and will no longer be occurring in-person until further notice. For more information, please stay updated with the University’s COVID-19 page or contact us at engage.utm@utoronto.ca

What is the Academic Coaching Program?

How do I better manage my time? How do I take care of myself when school, and life, gets stressful? What happens to my career goals if I don’t get into my intended program? What skills do I need to be successful?

Where can I get help with these types of questions?  

The transition to university can be difficult for most students. While university is a fantastic opportunity for both personal growth and skill building, often it feels like there are many hurdles to achieving your goals. Let the Academic Coaching Program help!

The Academic Coaching Program (ACP) provides an opportunity for students to receive individualized, ongoing support in reaching their academic and personal goals. In group sessions, and in one-on-one meetings, students in the program will work with an Academic Success Coach, and an Academic Success Mentor, to develop skills, create academic goals, and navigate the many challenges and resources that come with being a student at UTM. 

Register for the Academic Coaching Program here. 

What are the elements of the program?

  • Bi-weekly themed group sessions, including sessions about effective note taking, time management and procrastination, stress and wellness, and more!
  • One-on-one meetings with an Academic Success Mentor
  • Office hours to work directly with the Academic Success Coach
  • Personalized goal setting reports and feedback  
  • Social events throughout the term 

What are the benefits of the program?

  • Learn and develop key academic and personal skills for success at UTM
  • Knowledge and support from a successful upper year student
  • Gain familiarity with the campus and available resources
  • Be a part of a supportive community made up of your peers, mentors, and coach
  • Participation is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) of the University of Toronto highlighting the skills and competencies developed through engagement with the program

This experience is approved on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! Links to the ccr website.

When does the program run? 

The Academic Coaching Program begins January 2020 and runs until April 2020. See the list of weeks when sessions are run, as well as session times and locations below:

Stream A (Transfer Students Only)

Weeks of:

  • January 13th
  • January 27th
  • February 10th
  • March 2nd
  • March 16th
  • March 30th

Available session times: 

  • Monday, 11am – 12pm (MN4107)
  • Monday, 2pm – 3pm (MN4107)
  • Tuesday, 1pm – 2pm (MN4107)
  • Wednesday, 4pm – 5pm (MN6128)
  • Thursday, 10am – 11am (MN6128)
  • Friday, 3pm – 4pm (MN6128)

Stream B

Weeks of:

  • January 20th
  • February 3rd
  • February 24th
  • March 9th
  • March 23rd

Available session times: 

  • Monday, 11am – 12pm (MN4107)
  • Monday, 2pm – 3pm (MN4107)
  • Tuesday, 12pm – 1pm (MN4107)
  • Wednesday, 4pm – 5pm (MN6128)
  • Thursday, 10am – 11am (MN6128)
  • Friday, 3pm – 4pm (MN6128)

Your session day and time are chosen upon registration for the program.

One-on-one meetings with Academic Success Mentors are based on mentor availability and can be scheduled directly with them.

Academic Success Coach Office Hours: Thursdays 3pm - 5pm in DV2075D 

How do I Enroll?

Click here to register for the Academic Coaching Program. Spots are limited. 

Registration for Stream A (Transfer Students Only) ends on January 7th at 11:59pm.

Registration for Stream B ends on January 19th at 11:59pm. 

There is no cost associated with participation in this program.

Meet The Team 

Adrian

Academic Success Mentor, Transfer Student Stream

3rd year student, Double Major in Sociology and Political Science

Why did you want to become an Academic Success Mentor?

I wanted to become an Academic Success Mentor because of my experience as a participant in the Academic Coaching Program! It was excellent in helping me discover that I was not alone with some of the overwhelming feelings of adjusting to university life as a first-year student. The program provided me with a safe space to discuss my learning style (and my difficulties with different lecture styles!), work through challenges in and outside the classroom, and ultimately, helped connect me with other students.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your first-year self?  

My advice would be to participate more, and attend more events, even if you don’t know anyone attending! As an introvert, I have come to learn that simply being involved in on-campus events has helped me feel more connected to campus life.

What’s something interesting about you?

I love music. I play bass guitar, and I have a pretty extensive vinyl record collection as a result of my varied taste in music.

Mullai

Academic Success Mentor, Transfer Student Stream

3rd year student, Major in Psychology with a double Minor in Sociology and Education Studies

Why did you want to become an Academic Success Mentor?

Having been a transfer student to UTM, I found that my experience was unique - and having a peer mentor to guide me through the process was not only resourceful, but also eased my transition process from College to University. Seeing the benefit of peer mentoring first hand made me want to be one! 

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your first-year self?  

Go with the flow! You never know what opportunities you might get or what surprises are around the corner, but it’s important to just take it one step at a time. It’s normal to fumble a little during your undergraduate journey! 

What’s something interesting about you?

I love photography, and recently I have ventured into film and polaroid.  

Sara

Academic Success Mentor

4th year student, Major in Biology with a double Minor in Math and Education Studies.

Why did you want to become an Academic Success Mentor?

I wanted to be an Academic Success Mentor because I understand the value of helping students reach their full potential. As a past participant of the Academic Coaching Program, I remember all the essential skills I learned about time-management and study habits, and I used these skills throughout my undergraduate studies. I really want to help out other first-years going through the same transitional time. As someone who has held a variety of mentorship roles at UTM, I enjoy building a sense of community with students and helping them find their place on campus.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your first-year self?  

My advice to my first-year self would be to explore all the opportunities that exist on this campus. Go into the next four years with a positive attitude because you will meet a lot of cool people and will get the most out of your experience if you try and explore your interests with an open mind.

What’s something interesting about you?

I love watching The Office and Prison Break and my favourite chips are Doritos (sweet chilli heat, of course!)

Tolu

Academic Success Mentor

4th year Accounting specialist and Major in Economics

Why did you want to become an Academic Success Mentor?

I believe that the Academic Coaching Program will provide me with an opportunity to share all the knowledge that I have acquired throughout my 4 years at UTM. Also, it will act as a platform for me to meet an amazing set of students who I can mentor and who will be impactful in my final year at university!

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your first-year self?  

Do not be too scared to try new things and get out of your comfort zone.

What’s something interesting about you?

I laugh too much! And I love Suits, the show. That’s one show I can watch over and over again.

Inquiries

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

Andrew Fenech

Academic Success Coach

  • Room 2092, William G. Davis Building
  • Email: andrew.fenech@utoronto.ca