About Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching focuses on:


Academic Coaching is short-term, free, and available to every enrolled Auburn University student. The learning strategies taught through coaching can be applied regardless of your class standing, major, or past frustrations with school. At the student’s intake, they are assessed regarding their academic skills, challenges, and goals. The student then meets with their Academic Coach for five 30-minute appointments per semester. Most students focus on three study skills per semester. Below are the possible areas of focus in our program:

  • Academic goal-setting and follow-through
  • Academic workload management
  • Communication with campus professionals
  • Concentration
  • Memory strategies
  • Note taking
  • Presentation preparation and delivery
  • Test preparation
  • Textbook reading
  • Time management
  • Wellness


What students say about Academic Coaching:

“I learned how often I should be studying, and I learned that writing study time in to my schedule is a good way to hold myself accountable.”

“I learned how to maintain motivation through the whole semester.”

“I learned that reviewing my notes often will keep me from cramming. I also learned different ways to focus while studying and the best times of the day to study.”


For general information about all Academic Support services, please contact Academic Support at 334.844.5972 to schedule a Learn More About appointment.

Please note: The Academic Support charges $10 for no showing to appointments. We encourage you to cancel 24 hours in advance by calling our office at 334.844.5972 to avoid this charge.

Meet our Academic Coaching Team:

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Samantha Ansley

Coordinator of Academic Coaching

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Catherine Bianchi

Academic Coach

Graduate Program – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

About Catherine – Catherine is originally from Maryland and is an alumnus of the University of Maryland and the College of William and Mary. She has a background in Neurobiology and is now studying Psychology/Counseling as a graduate student. Catherine has a passion for learning in all areas and has a special interest in STEM and the social sciences.

Study Tip – Work with your natural attention span and pre-plan short breaks. When concentration is challenging, it will be more useful to be focused and productive for three 30-minute sessions punctuated with a walk or snack break than to struggle to focus for 90 minutes!

Advice to AU students – Your time as a student at Auburn comes with an incredible range of resources dedicated to your success. Try to set aside time to explore and take advantage of these services throughout your time here on campus.

Coaching Strategies – I love working with students to figure out their personal barriers and individual strengths, and coming up with creative ways to work around those challenges. I like to incorporate psychology and learning concepts as well as current research in fields like neuroscience and education into my coaching strategies.

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Micaela White

Academic Coach

Graduate Program – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

About Micaela – I am honored to be the first in my family to receive a four-year degree. I first came to Auburn University not knowing what I wanted to pursue or what supports were in place to assist me. I quickly found a major that interested me, Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. I was given incredible hands-on opportunities to serve and advocate for others in the Auburn/Opelika community. Through these experiences, I discovered my passion for helping others. Now, I am pursuing my Master’s degree and feel like I have found my place at Auburn. I am so grateful for all of the challenges and opportunities that have contributed to my growth as a person and a professional, and I can’t wait to help students discover their passion through Academic Coaching!

Study Tip – Many students experience a lack of motivation during their study sessions. I would suggest exploring different learning styles and find one that excites you. This will help you capture your concentration and ensure you are actively involved in the study material (i.e. color-coordinated notes for visual learners, studying in groups for interpersonal learners, reading out loud for auditory learners, etc.).

Advice to AU students – There is so much that Auburn has to offer you. Find something on campus that sparks your passion and brings you joy, and become a part of it! Whether it is joining a campus organization, serving the Auburn community, participating in an ensemble or intramural sport, or an employment opportunity, it is important that you feel connected, involved, and supported during your college experience.

Coaching Strategies – When I see students, I try to recognize strengths they already have and build upon those. I recognize that each student is unique in their own way, and it is my job to support them as they navigate the challenges of the college experience.  I want students to be encouraged to take learning into their own hands and find solutions and techniques that work best for them. My hope is to help each student feel valued, empowered, and hopeful!