Support for Learning
The Learning Center offers academic success coaching to graduate students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering (AS&E), the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Simon Business School, and the Warner School of Education. Support areas include:
- Exam preparation (including comprehensive and standardized exams)
- Reading strategies (including reading for discussion)
- Note-taking strategies
- Time management, organization, and goal-setting
- Adjustment strategies for academic life in graduate school
Graduate students who are taking AS&E undergraduate courses may benefit from the Learning Center's study groups and tutoring services. All graduate students are welcome to use our Study Zone for a quiet, low distraction place to work.
Note: The Learning Center does not currently provide support services to medical residents.
One-On-One Academic Coaching
Our confidential academic coaching offers you individual discussions with a coach who will help you improve your academic performance and efficiency. Your coach will meet with you, discuss your concerns, and help you discover learning techniques that will enable you to enhance your overall academic performance.
All appointments with academic coaches are free, and you may meet with them for a one-time troubleshooting session or on a regular basis during the fall and spring semesters.
Appointments can be scheduled by using WC Online. However, students can also make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling us at (585) 275-9049, or by talking to the front desk in our office. See the WC Online Tutorial (pdf) for instructions on scheduling an appointment online.
Note: Academic coaching is in-person by default. If you prefer meeting virtually over Zoom, please contact your coach via email after you make your appointment.
All of our academic coaches have experience working with a diverse group of students who seek to meet the demands of time management, organization, exam preparation and more.
Robin Frye is an assistant director of the Learning Center and the lead for the Academic Success Coaching Program. She also teaches courses in the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) workshop program. She has been coaching graduate and undergraduate students on study-related topics since 2011. Currently, she largely supports students at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Robin received her PhD in developmental psychology from Clark University.
Aditya Dey is a PhD student at Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. He joined the Learning Center as an academic coach in August 2022. He is extremely passionate about working in academia and loves to tutor students. He has been teaching and mentoring students at both the graduate and undergraduate level for the past couple of years. Prior to joining the Learning Center, he carried out roles as a lead instructor, assistant mentor, and teaching assistant at the University of Rochester. He loves spending time with students and is always open to discussions.
Ghassan joined the Warner School for a master's degree in health professions education and certificate in program evaluation. He completed a bachelor of medicine. Ghassan has five years of experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in study-related topics.
Debamitra is a graduate student in the Materials Science Program. She has 3+ years of experience as a teaching assistant and instructor in both online and in-person courses at the University of Rochester. Debamitra is enthusiastic about teaching and learning. She is especially interested in creating supportive and accessible learning experiences for students from diverse backgrounds.
Siladitya Khan is a graduate student currently working towards his PhD degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Born and raised in India, he moved to Rochester in the fall of 2018. He has 4 years of experience as a teaching assistant and instructor of several online and in-person courses at the University of Rochester. He has been part of the Academic Success Coach (ASC) team since the fall of 2023. He is passionate about imparting holistic STEM education and researches on information optics, signal processing, and applied machine learning. When not on campus he pursues his other passion in culinary arts and photography.
Academic Success Coaching Resources
Academic success coaches also offer one-time workshops on a number of topics. We will work with you to tailor the workshop to meet the needs of your student population. Common workshop topics for graduate students include:
- Time management
- Work-life balance
- Academic support system development
- Graduate school transition
To request a workshop, complete and submit the Coaching Workshop Request Form two weeks in advance of your requested workshop date.
These worksheets are a small sample of the many different resources we can provide you during an appointment. Please make an appointment to review these worksheets and learn how to use them most effectively.
Worksheets for graduate students:
Making an appointment:
- WC Online tutorial (PDF)
Time management worksheets:
Academic Success Coaching FAQs
Academic Success Coaching is a confidential service provided by the Learning Center. It involves individual discussion with a coach about ways to improve your academic performance and efficiency.
Lots! Your Academic Success Coach would be happy to talk to you about issues like:
- Finding and maintaining motivation
- Time management
- Stress management
- Taking better notes
- Increasing reading comprehension
- Handling multiple choice questions more successfully
Absolutely. Our policy is to maintain the confidentiality of all our coaching consultations with students.
Each individual appointment lasts about an hour. Occasionally, students meet with us for a single coaching appointment; more commonly, our work together takes place across a number of conversations.
We usually begin by just getting to know you! You may have a particular study problem that you would like help solving, or you may just wish to find out if there are more optimal ways to go about learning. Either way, we would be happy to talk with you.
All coaching appointments are free of charge.
You may meet with an Academic Success Coach for a one-time trouble-shooting session or on a continuing basis. You will decide this together with your coach.
No. We see students who are on the dean's list, as well as students who are on academic probation. The determining factor isn't whether or not you're doing well academically; it's whether you feel you could be getting more from your studies or using your time more effectively.
If you have a concern and wonder whether we can help, just give us a call at (585) 275-9049.
Academic Success Coaching is open to all undergraduate students at AS&E. This service is also available to all graduate students at Simon, Warner, SMD, and AS&E. The only schools we do not serve are Eastman and SON as they have their own programs.