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. 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 campus resources and programs that meet your needs. 

    Benefits of Joining the Program 

    1. Obtain one-on-one coaching with an Academic Coach who will work with you to create strong goals and support you in taking your next steps to success.  
    2. Obtain 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. Learn about and connect with all the great resources and services available to you at UTM.  
    5. Receive Co-Curricular Record (CCR) credit for participation in the program.

                                                     Meet your coaches here! 

    How is the program structured?


             Week 1

    First appointment with the Academic Coach (45-minutes)

             Week 2

    First follow-up with your Peer Coach (45-minutes)

             Week 3

    Midpoint Email Check-in with your Peer Coach   

             Week 4

    Second follow-up with your Peer Coach (45-minutes) 

             Week 5 

    Final appointment with the Academic Coach (45-minutes)


    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are coaching appointments like?

    Your coach will review some of their insights from your report from BCSSE with you and together you will highlight key transition skills for you to work on. Your appointments with the coaching assistant will help you develop an action plan to improve those skills.

    What is the time commitment like?

    The program takes place over a five-week period. Each appointment 45 minutes long. 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?

    Appointments will be virtual via Zoom. If alternative accomodations are needed, please let us know.

    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 BCSSE.


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

    Ashley Pereira-Mendoza

    Student Engagement Coordinator, Academic Coaching