Location: L-125

Kelli Hayes, Academic Coaching Supervisor
Email: khayes11@bergen.edu
Phone: 201-879-1170

Dr. John Findura, Writing Center Supervisor
Email: jfindura@bergen.edu
Phone: 201-879-7136

What is Academic Coaching?

Academic coaching is focused on helping students become better life-long learners through examining their learning styles, habits of working, and current challenges to success. The aim of academic coaching is to heighten awareness of what it takes to achieve academic success and anchor this with new strategies, a supportive relationship, and increased personal accountability. Academic Coaching is different from tutoring in that it assists students in examining their learning styles, habits of working, and current difficulties or barriers to success.

How does it work?

Students and academic coaches meet for 1-on-1 appointments consistently throughout the semester. [Ideally, once a week.] Together, this team (the academic coach and the student) works to create and put in place more effective strategies than are the norm. Sessions are focused on developing skills to improve academic success rather than on specific content areas (i.e math, writing, etc.).

How can students make an academic coaching appointment?

Students can log in to TutorTrac via the Portal to make their own appointments or they can contact the Tutoring Center front desk for assistance:

Phone: 201-447-7489
Email: tutoring@bergen.edu

What are some key areas in which academic coaches can assist students?

  • Study Skills
  • Note-Taking
  • Time Management
  • Levels of Organizations
  • Problem Solving
  • Strategic Planning
  • Critical Thinking

What are some key benefits of academic coaching for students?

  • Enhanced Study Skills
  • Greater Scholastic Accomplishment
  • Increased Motivation
  • Improved Communication Skills
  • Increased Self-Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Renewed Sense of Personal Responsibility
  • Development of Accountability

How can faculty get students in contact with this program?
Faculty will be able to refer students for academic coaching using Maxient. When referring students for tutorial support services, academic coaching will be an option.