Academic Support Office of the Provost

About Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching in Academic Support is an internationally certified peer educator program that contributes to student retention and degree completion. With a College Reading and Learning Association level III peer mentor certified training program, Academic Coaches facilitate an inclusive and welcoming environment to support students throughout their academic experience at Auburn University. Students can expect to partner with a peer educator to learn strategies for academic success applicable across all subject areas and greater connection to resources at Auburn University.

The learning strategies taught in Academic Coaching can be applied regardless of class standing, major, or past school experiences. At the first meeting, students are assessed regarding their academic skills, challenges, and goals. Students then meet with their Academic Coach for an average of five appointments per semester. Students are welcome to return at any time and are encouraged to continue working with the same coach. Below are possible areas of focus in our program:

  • Academic goal-setting and follow-through
  • Academic workload management
  • Communication with campus professionals
  • Concentration
  • Memory strategies
  • Navigating the college environment
  • Note taking
  • Presentation preparation and delivery
  • Test preparation
  • Test-taking
  • 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.”

Meet the Academic Coaches:

Academic Coaches in Academic Support are graduate student peer leaders dedicated to supporting student success. Coaches complete over 35 hours of training each semester, as they earn their level I, II, and III Peer Educator Certifications. This annual training program starts prior to the first day of class and continues throughout their employment. The content of this experience includes areas such as the coaching model and application, learning theories, teaching and counseling skills, and referral strategies. Coaches learn to create goal-driven plans and collaborate with students to achieve their desired outcomes in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

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Shelby Carpenter


Academic Coach

Graduate Program: School Counseling

About: Hey y’all! I grew up in Alpharetta, GA and attended the University of Georgia for my undergraduate degree. I love animals and have a three-year-old black lab named Sadie, she might casually say hi on Zoom appointments. I am excited to work with students to work towards academic success!

Study Tip: Prepare ahead of time and don’t wait until the week of the test to study! Do the assigned reading for your courses and take advantage office hours! Ask your professor if they have any tips on how to prepare for exams in their class. If you are having a hard time with a class, meet with your professor so they know what is going on.

Advice to AU students: Take advantage of all the resources you have while you are a student at Auburn. Try different things and see what works for you! Also, make sure you have time to care for yourself every day! This looks different for everyone and could be taking a walk with a friend.

Coaching Style: I welcome honesty, please let me know if something does or doesn’t work for you! I am always open to suggestions and want to make sure we are working together to benefit your time at Auburn.

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Eliza Eaches


Academic Coach

Graduate Program: Administration of Higher Education

About: Hello! My name is Eliza and I’m a graduate student here at Auburn University. I completed my master’s degree at Ohio University in Spring 2021. I’m excited to navigate everything that the university has to offer together.

Study Tip: Prepare yourself for success by dedicating ample time to studying, but also time to take care of yourself. Using a planner or calendar can help you manage how your hours are spent each day.

Advice to AU students: Auburn University offers so many resources available to support a healthy and successful academic experience for students. These resources can boost your experience both inside and outside of the classroom, especially through our services here at Academic Support. Explore what works best for you! 

Coaching Style: My coaching style is based on encouragement and building genuine relationships. Everyone deserves to feel that receiving an education is accessible, so I aim to create a space with students in which we can address their respective challenges together. 

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Gabby King


Academic Coach

Graduate Program: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

About: Hello and War Eagle! My name is Gabby and I am a graduate student and academic coach here at Auburn. I have lived in Auburn for the past 5 years and graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies in 2020. I look forward to working with students to assist them in setting and accomplishing their academic goals!

Study Tip: Prepare before a study session by planning out your studying environment, method of study, time allocated for each task, and needed materials! This will allow you to feel more confident and prepared as you head into a study session! Additionally, as you study, keep notes of any topics or concepts you may have questions on and bring those to the attention of your professor and/or TA.

Advice to AU students: Getting involved on campus is an excellent opportunity to connect with peers who share similar interests and build a network. AU Involve has over 600 organizations for you to explore and join on Auburn’s campus. Enjoy your time on campus and explore what interests you!

Coaching Style: I approach coaching as a collaborative and supportive process. I strive to foster an open and honest environment where students and I can work together to identify strategies and resources that best suit their needs and goals.

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Baylee Muench


Academic Coach

Graduate Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

About: Hello, my name is Baylee and I’m in graduate school here at Auburn. I graduated from Auburn with a degree in psychology in May of 2020. My favorite thing about Auburn is how pretty the campus is and the amount of greenspace.

Study Tip: Keep a weekly planner and break down your assignments before the week begins to make sure you have time for everything.

Advice to AU students:Get involved! There’s a lot to get involved in on Auburn’s campus such as organizations, clubs, and events. Plus getting involved is an amazing way to feel connected to the campus and other students!

Coaching Style: My coaching style is collaborative. I want to work with you to figure out when you’re most productive and how we can use that for your academic success.

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Garett Reed


Academic Coach

Graduate Program: Educational Psychology

About: Hello everyone! I am from Traskwood, AR and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a BS in Psychology. I am excited to continue my education while helping students reach their dreams.

Study Tip: Read, read, and read some more; assigned readings are assigned for a reason! Make sure to stay on top of the material assigned for class and give yourself time to fully understand the material. Also, give yourself some extra time to summarize notes and readings so that you develop proper understanding.

Advice to AU students: Go and speak to your professors during office hours, the earlier the better! Connections are invaluable and professors love to teach, if you need help or have questions regarding class, schedule time to chat with your professors.

Coaching Style: My coaching style is open and honest. I love to work with people in ways to complement their lifestyle. It is my goal to help students work in a productive, efficient, and complementary manner.

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Kate Upshaw


Academic Coach

Graduate Program: Administration of Higher Education

About: War Eagle, y’all! My name is Kate, and I am a graduate student here at Auburn. I graduated from Auburn with my bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Communications, Marketing, & Professional and Public Writing. My favorite Auburn tradition would have to be tailgating before a big home football game. I am super excited to connect and get to know you all so we can achieve your academic goals!

Study Tip: My study tips include using a planner (electronic or physical) and having an accountability partner. This person can be a friend or classmate! Having that person who keeps you accountable with your studies ensures that you will be likely not to miss assignments.

Advice to AU students: Resources! Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. There are always areas that we can improve and grow in. Auburn University has an incredible list of resources for their students so that they perform at their very best.

Coaching Style: My coaching style can be best defined as considerate. It is my goal in facilitating a coaching session that I make for my students a comfortable environment by being empathetic and encouraging!

Meet the Coordinator of Academic Coaching:

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Samantha Ansley


Coordinator of Academic Coaching

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