By Maggie Heath-Bourne, Chief Reporter, the News Record, originally published 9/19/15.
Students who meet with University of Cincinnati’s Learning Assistance Center’s (LAC) academic coaches seven times throughout a semester typically see their grades improve by two-thirds of a letter grade.
Academic coaches, who are student workers selected based on faculty recommendations, interviews and applications, provide advice on time management, motivate good study habits and more. “A good analogy is that coaches are like personal trainers for academics,” said Lauren Clark, LAC’s program director. “They motivate you, teach you useful strategies, introduce you to other resources, develop their feedback and approach based on each student’s unique needs.”
Academic coaches must have a 3.5 GPA. LAC’s average GPA during the 2014-15 academic year was 3.8, Clark said.
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