Academic Coaching supports students in academic writing, reading, and study skills as part of the Center for Student Happiness! Coaches help students understand, identify, and apply different academic concepts and techniques to make tackling assignments easier. Coaches work with students at all academic levels with the goal of creating strong self-learners. Academic Coaching offers free one-on-one appointments through Handshake as well as live workshops, group coaching, virtual walk-in hours, and 100+ on-demand resources covering a myriad of topics.
Academic Coaching offers flexible options to fit any schedule. Our coaches are professionally trained to work with you to improve your thesis, organization, formatting, scholarly tone, grammar, reading comprehension and speed, note-taking, and more!
Virtual Walk-In Hour
The Walk-In hour is an open video session for students at designated times daily with no registration required. Check the times when the Walk-In hour is open through the Walk-In Schedule. There may be multiple students in the session, and please refrain from attending multiple Walk-Ins on the same day. Students can spend up to 20 minutes with a coach, so it is a great option for a quick question or if the schedule is full.
Welcome to the Online Math Lab through Smarthinking Tutoring! Smarthinking assists undergraduate students with STEM courses, including statistics, nursing, chemistry, introduction to computer science, and more. Undergraduate students can schedule a 30-minute virtual appointment or attend a daily drop-in session. Access Smarthinking through the tools area of your related course.
In addition, the Math Lab offers course and chapter-specific resources for students enrolled in MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 164, MATH 201, MATH 211, and MATH 212. These will assist students in developing a greater fundamental understanding of the material taught in their math classes.
- Chapter 10: Exponential & Logarithmic Functions
- Chapter 2: Set Theory and Counting
- Chapters 2 & 3: Sets and Counting & Probability
- Chapter 3: Probability
- Chapter 4: Statistics
- Chapter 4.1-4.3: Descriptive Statistics
- Chapter 4.4: The Normal Distribution
Note: Be sure to use The Standard Normal Distribution table provided in the textbook (Appendix F) or in the online homework module, as it differs from the table used in a standard statistics text.
- Chapter 5: Finance
- Chapter 8: Geometry
- Chapter 8.1: Area & Perimeter
- Chapter 8.1 cont.: Heron’s Formula
- Chapter 8.2: Surface Area & Volume
- Chapter 8.4: Triangles & Congruence
- Chapter 8.4 cont.: Triangle Similarity & Congruence Problems
- Chapter 0.1 & 0.7: Real & Complex Numbers
- Chapter 0.2 & 0.6: Exponents & Radicals
- Chapter 0.3-0.5: Polynomials & Rational Expressions
- Chapter 1.1-1.2: Linear Equations
- Chapter 1.3-1.4: Quadratic & Other Types of Equations
- Chapter 1.5-1.7: Inequalities
- Chapter 2.1-2.2: Graphing
- Chapter 2.3-2.4: Lines & Circles
- Chapters 3.1-3.2 & 3.5: Functions
- Chapter 3.3-3.4: Transformations & Function Operations
- Chapter 4.1-4.3: Quadratic Functions & Functions of Higher Degrees
- Chapter 5.1-5.3: Exponential & Logarithmic Functions
- Chapter 5.4-5.5: Exponential & Logarithmic Equations & Models
- Chapter 6.1-6.2: Systems of Equations
- Chapter 6.4-6.5: Systems of Inequalities & Linear Programming
- Chapter 7.1-7.2: Matrices
Overview & Practice
- Chapter 0.1-0.2: Properties of Real Numbers, Exponents, & Scientific Notation
- Chapter 0.3: Polynomials
- Chapter 0.4: Factoring Polynomials
- Chapter 0.5: Working with Rational Expressions
- Chapter 0.6: Rational Exponents & Radicals
- Chapter 0.7: Complex & Imaginary Numbers
- Chapters 1, 2, & 3.1-3.2: Equations and Inequalities, Functions, & Graphing
- Section 2.4: Circles
- Sections 3.3-3.5: Functions & Their Graphs
- Section 3.6: Direct & Inverse Variations
- Chapter 4.1: Quadratic Functions/Parabolas
- Chapter 4.2, 4.4, 4.5: Polynomial Functions, Zeros, & the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
- Chapter 4.3: Dividing Polynomials
- Chapter 4.6: Rational Functions & Their Graphs
- Chapter 5.1-5.5: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
- Chapter 5.6: Exponential Growth & Decay
- Chapter 6.1-6.2: Systems of Linear Equations
- Chapter 6.3: Partial Fractions
- Chapter 6.4-6.5: Systems of Linear Inequalities & Modeling
- Chapter 7: Matrices, Matrix Algebra, Inverses, & Determinants
- TI-84 Calculator Shortcuts
- Chapter 1: Data Collection
- Chapter 2: Organizing and Summarizing Data
- Chapter 3:
- Chapter 4: Describing Relationships between Two Variables
- Chapter 5: Probability
- Chapter 6: Discrete and Binomial Probability Distributions
- Chapter 7: The Normal Probability Distribution
- Chapter 8: Sampling Distributions
- Chapter 10: Hypothesis Testing
Overview & Practice
- Chapter 1: Data Collection
- Chapter 3.1-3.5: Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion & Box Plots
- Chapter 3.2 & 3.4: Normal Distribution, Empirical Rule, & Z-scores
- Chapter 4.1-4.3: Scatter Plots and Correlation, Regression, & Coefficient of Determination
Note: the Linear Correlation Coefficient formula is not covered.
- Chapter 4.4: Contingency Tables & Association
- Chapter 5: Probability
- Chapter 6: Discrete Random Variables & Binomial Probability Distribution
- Chapter 7.1-7.2: Properties & Applications of the Normal Distribution
- Chapter 8.1: Distribution of the Sample Mean
- Chapter 10.1 & 10.3: About Hypothesis Testing & Type 1 Errors
Chapter 2: Limits and Continuity
- Chapter 2.1: Rates of Change and Tangents to Curves and 2.2 Intro to Limits
- Chapter 2.2: Limit of a Function and Limit Laws
- Chapter 2.3: The Precise Definition of a Limit
- Chapter 2.4: One-Sided Limits
- Chapter 2.5: Continuity
- Chapter 2.6: Limits Involving Infinity; Asymptotes of Graphs
Chapter 3: Differentiation
- Intro to Derivatives
- Chapter 3.1: Tangents and the Derivative at a Point
- Chapter 3.2: The Derivative as a Function
- Chapter 3.4: The Derivative as a Rate of Change
- Chapter 3.6: The Chain Rule
- Chapter 3.6: The Chain Rule Proof
- Chapter 3.7: Implicit Differentiation
- Chapter 3.8: Related Rates
- Chapter 3.9: Linearization and Differentials
Chapter 4: Applications of Derivatives
- Chapter 4.1: Extreme Values of Functions
- Chapter 4.2: The Mean Value Theorem
- Chapter 4.3: Monotonic Functions and the First Derivative Test and 4.4 Concavity and Curve Sketching
- Chapter 4.5: Applied Optimization
- Chapter 4.7: Antiderivatives
Chapter 5: Integration
- Chapter 5.1: Area and Estimating with Finite Sums and 5.2 Sigma Notation and Limits of Finite Sums
- Chapter 5.3: The Definite Integral Properties
- Chapter 5.3: The Definite Integral and 5.4 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus Part 2
- Chapter 5.4: The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus Part 1
- Chapter 5.5: Indefinite Integrals and the Substitution Method and 5.6 Definite Integral Substitutions
- Chapter 5.6: Area Between Curves
Chapter 5: Integration
- Chapter 5.5: Indefinite Integrals and Substitution
- Chapter 5.6: Definite Integral Substitution and Area Between Curves
Chapter 6: Applications of Definite Integrals
- Chapter 6.1: Volumes Using Cross-Sections
- Chapter 6.2: Volumes Using Cylindrical Shells
- Chapter 6.3: Arc Length
Chapter 7: Transcendental Functions
- Chapter 7.1: Inverse Functions and Their Derivatives
- Chapter 7.2: Natural Logarithms
- Chapter 7.3: Exponential Functions
- Chapter 7.4: Separable Differential Equations
- Chapter 7.6: Inverse Trigonometric Functions
Chapter 8: Techniques of Integration
- Chapter 8.2: Integration by Parts
- Chapter 8.3: Trigonometric Integrals
- Chapter 8.4: Trigonometric Substitution
- Chapter 8.5: Partial Fractions
- Chapter 8.8: Improper Integrals
Chapter 10: Infinite Sequences and Series
- Chapter 10.1: Sequences
- Chapter 10.2: Infinite Series
- Chapter 10.3: The Integral Test
- Chapter 10.4: Comparison Tests
- Chapter 10.5: The Ratio Test
Chapter 11: Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates
- Chapter 11.1: Parametrizations of Plane Curves
- Chapter 11.3: Polar Coordinates
- Chapter 11.4: Graphing Polar Coordinate Equations
- Chapter 11.5: Areas and Lengths in Polar Coordinates
- Chapter 11.6: Conic Sections
Chapter 12: Vectors and the Geometry of Space
Academic Coaching offers a variety of online, interactive workshops throughout each semester, covering a myriad of topics that help you develop your writing voice, reading strategies, and study skills. Registered students will receive a link to the session about an hour beforehand and a link to the recording afterwards.
Workshop Topic Examples
Avoiding Plagiarism: This workshop explains Regent University’s Academic Honor Code, what constitutes plagiarism, and how to successfully avoid it.
MLA Formatting: Come learn the foundational elements of the MLA 9th Formatting style from the header to the citations to the work cited entries!
APA Formatting: Learn general APA formatting requirements as well as how to correctly format the title page, running head, headings, citations, and the reference page.
Turabian Formatting: Learn general formatting requirements as well as how to correctly format the standard title page, footnotes, and the bibliography page.
10 Most Common Errors in Grammar & Punctuation: Recognize and resolve some of the most common grammar and punctuation errors in academic writing.
Writing Quality Research Papers: When faced with writing a research paper, do you feel lost and don’t know where to begin? Learn the steps to producing a quality research paper.
Writing Clearly: We offer hands-on practice for developing, organizing, and presenting your position with a clear writing voice.
Foundations of Academic Writing: If you struggle to write without “To be” verbs, come learn how to write actively, paraphrase, and use quotes well.
The Academic Coaching Resource Library offers on-demand, 24-hour assistance with strategies to improve writing, reading and study skills. Access numerous PDFs and video resources and on topics such as:
Learn what thesis statements are, why they are important, and how to write one.
Explore strategies to craft the structure of your paper.
Discover guides on citation styles like APA, MLA and Turabian.
American Psychological Association
American Political Science Association
Modern Language Association
Read about tone, word choice, and analyzing the goals in your writing.
Review grammar rules and sentence structure.
Academic Coaching offers group coaching sessions that give students the opportunity to practice academic skills in a small group. A coach will lead the group on a specific topic and provide an interactive practice session at the end. Group coaching sessions last approximately 20 minutes. Students will receive the link to the session by registering above.
GROUP COACHING TOPIC EXAMPLES
Academic Essay Structure: Understand how to organize your academic papers successfully by learning the structure of a standard academic essay, including the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.
Academic Paragraph Structure: Strengthen your writing skills by understanding how to structure a standard academic paragraph, including the topic, supporting, and concluding sentences.
Paraphrasing: Join us for a brief overview on how to paraphrase successfully. Paraphrasing is a key skill in academic writing because it shows that you can communicate another source’s ideas effectively in your writing voice.
Scholarly Tone: A scholarly tone makes a student’s work credible and persuasive. Come learn how to write in an objective, academic voice.
Quoting Correctly: Come learn how to use quotes well to add strong, scholarly support in your papers and discussion board posts.
Through Academic Coaching, students can become better self-editors in their writing, strengthen their reading capabilities, and enhance their study skills. Writing Labs everywhere have found that a philosophy favoring teaching over simply providing answers helps students become stronger self-learners and enhances students’ writing, reading, and study skills.
Key Appointment Details:
- Academic Coaching helps students become stronger self-learners; coaches will not edit or proofread a student’s work. Coaches assist students at any level with general writing, reading, and studying concepts but are not trained in curriculum-specific material. While all coaches receive the same training, feedback may differ based on the variability of live sessions and perspectives.
- Appointments start at the top of the hour and last up to 40 minutes. Tardiness will reduce the appointment time. Students should send in any assignment materials they want coaches to look over to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 30 minutes before the appointment. For video appointments, students will receive a link to the session in their student email about 5-10 minutes beforehand.
- The appointment calendar fills up quickly, so schedule in advance. Students can schedule up to two appointments per week (max one per day) up to two weeks in advance. Cancel or reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance to avoid no-shows. Students who no-show may lose access to coaching. Students who require accommodations should first consult with Disability Services.