Academic Support Office of the Provost

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 class standing, major, or past experiences with school. At the first meeting, students are assessed regarding their academic skills, challenges, and goals. Students then meets with their Academic Coach on average for five 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 or for opportunities to learn more.

Please note: The Academic Support charges $10 for no showing to appointments. We encourage you to cancel 24 hours in advance through Advise Assist, or contacting our office at 334.844.5972 or to avoid this charge.

Meet our Academic Coaches:

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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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Lauren Downes


Academic Coach

Graduate Program – Speech Language Pathology

About Lauren – Growing up a die-hard Auburn fan, I spent my entire childhood in an Auburn cheerleading outfit on Saturdays in the fall. When it came to choosing where to attend college, there was no debate where I was going. During my time as an undergraduate, I was able to be involved around campus and witness the love Auburn students have for the Auburn Family and their university. Now getting to serve as an Academic Coach, I have an inside look at the love Auburn students have for learning and personal growth. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the Academic Support team to further fuel student’s passion for learning!

Study Tip – Take advantage of professor’s office hours and get to know your professor! I have found that having rapport with a professor allows me to engage with the course material better and instills a stronger desire to succeed in the class.

Advice to AU students – Auburn has so many resources that can aid in students overcoming setbacks, whatever they might be. Know that you are never alone and that you are surrounded by people that want to see you succeed.

Coaching Strategies – I love discovering each student’s unique passions and strengths when I meet with them. There are no two students that are exactly the same, so there is always something special each student brings to a coaching appointment.

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Reagan Washington


Academic Coach

Graduate Program – School Counseling Education

About Reagan – Hello my name is Reagan and this is my first year in the graduate school here at Auburn. I attended Auburn for my undergraduate studies and graduated in May. I’m so excited to be back pursuing my graduate degree. My favorite thing to do in Auburn is tailgate on Saturdays!

Study Tip – Always read the chapter summaries in the textbook before you start reading the chapter. This will give you context and you will know what to look out for.

Advice to AU students – I would encourage all students to remember that it is okay to receive help. College isn’t always easy and we all need a support system to get us through. Surround yourself with positive friends and people who will not only celebrate your successes, but pick you up when you’re down.

Coaching Strategies – I feel like the best coaching strategy I have is getting to know my students. I want everyone I see to be excited to come back and feel supported and empowered when they leave.

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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!

Meet our Coordinator of Academic Coaching:

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Samantha Ansley


Coordinator of Academic Coaching

More information about Samantha Ansley