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Work with one of our academic coaches on skills like time management, concentration and memory, goal setting and motivation, exam preparation and performance. Accomplish more in your classes and beyond.
Schedule an appointment for an individualized consultation to establish an academic success plan that's right for you, or schedule regular check-ins for tips, encouragement and feedback. Coaching helps you stay motivated, make the most of your study time, and stay on track to reach your goals.
During an academic coaching session you can focus on any of the following topics:
- Goal-setting and values clarification
- Motivation and habits
- Time management and procrastination
- Learning preferences
- Reading comprehension and efficiency
- Memory management
- Listening and note-taking
- Online learning
- Working in groups
- Public speaking
- Test preparation and performance
- Math avoidance
- Performing under pressure (tests, class participation, etc.)
To book an appointment with one of our academic coaches, log on to our online appointment system today.
Goal Setting and Values Clarification
UB Career Coaching
A professional career counselor will assess your interests, skills, abilities, personality and values and interpret the results to help you set short- and long-term goals and create an achievement plan.
Positive Psychology Center @ the University of Pennsylvania
Engage in some self-exploration with a variety of free assessments, including the well-known Signature Strengths Questionnaire, a Work-Life Satisfaction Survey, the Meaning in Life Questionnaire and more.
Personal Goals Setting
This MindTools page provides links to goal-setting resources and describes the process of setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) goals.
Motivation and Habits
Locus of Control and Attribution Style Test
Do you believe you can control your destiny? Discover more about your personal beliefs and recognize how these beliefs influence your motivation, self-esteem, goal orientation and your eventual behavior and performance.
Establishing Good Study Habits
A collection of tips from other college students
Tips on setting good academic habits as well as links to tips on other topics relating to success
Time Management and Procrastination
Plug in your assignment and due date, and the University of Minnesota’s Assignment Calculator will break down a seemingly overwhelming task into manageable steps.
Time Management Workshop
A useful online workshop from Louisiana State University accessible to you as a “guest”
How to Stop Procrastinating: Seven Timeless Tips
Henrik Edberg’s Positivity Blog offers insight into why we procrastinate and how to stop.
Kolb Learning Styles
Learn about Kolb’s complex model that addresses individual learning styles as well as how we all experience a cycle of learning.
Reading Comprehension and Efficiency
Become an active reader with tips that will keep you focused and engaged in your text.
Questions to guide you in evaluating an argument’s purpose, evidence, balance, limitations and more
Study Guides and Strategies
Scroll this site for a collection of information on reading strategies to suit different reading situations.
Understand the principles behind establishing long-lasting memories and learn strategies that correspond to each principle.
Listening and Note-TakingNote-Taking Systems
Check out these five methods of note-taking and choose the style best suited to you and your subject.
Top 5 Tips for Effective Note-Taking
This blog offers suggestions for how to prepare for lectures, how to stay organized, how to choose what to write down and how to remember what you wrote.
Note-Taking Skills: Symbols & Abbreviations
Read about some general note-taking advice as well as suggestions to help you take notes faster by using abbreviations and symbols.
Online LearningStudy Skills
Links to study skills designed for distance learners.
Learning in GroupsConflict Resolution Guide for Students
Techniques to avoid conflict when working in groups as well as how to deal with it if it does arise.
Public SpeakingToastmasters International
Join Mount Royal Masters Toastmasters Club to practice your public speaking skills. Meeting times can be found on UB’s calendar or by visiting the organization’s website.
Test Preparation & PerformanceThe Big Bad Wolf
A multi-media presentation to help you understand the origins of anxiety, learn strategies to cope with anxiety, and develop goals for future test performance
WY Math Project
A thorough collection of resources to help you understand and overcome math anxiety, test anxiety, and general study anxiety