Academic Success Coaching
Academic Success Coaching
This academic year the Student Engagement Initiative is piloting an academic success coaching project that aims to support new incoming first year students successfully transition into CIT, help them stay on track and support students who are disengaging and/or finding their academic study particularly challenging.
CITSSERI will work collaboratively with academic departments to help identify students early in Semester 1 and 2 who may need additional support to successfully complete their studies. Evidence suggests that the earlier the intervention the better the outcome for the student.
Success coaching will be offered to students within the department who are showing signs of disengaging from their studies. Certain ‘red flags’ are clear indicators of this i.e. not attending lectures/tutorials, not handing up assignments and/or finding study/programme particularly challenging.
CITSSERI will provide these students with 1-1 coaching and/or group interventions depending on the needs of the students.
Wk 1-2: Profiling of students in class groups facilitated by CITSSERI
The profiling will include a simple questionnaire developed by the Student Engagement Initiative in collaboration with the department and given to students in the classroom. The purpose of this questionnaire is to help identify possible ‘wavering’ students early in the semester. It will also give us an opportunity to develop a more informed understanding of the various student cohorts and some of the challenges they face.
At this meeting we will introduce ourselves, talk to students about transitioning to third level, explain that we will be working very closely with the department and that we are piloting a success coaching project for students within the department who wish to avail of it.
How to refer a student to Success Coaching:
If a lecturer/class coordinator identifies students with ‘red flags’ as highlighted above or have a particular concern about them, the lecturer can refer this student to CITSSERI for an initial assessment of need by Roisin O’Grady or Mary Mc Carthy, both higly skilled and experienced educational guidance specialists. The lecturer can fill out a referral form and email it to; email@example.com, to follow up with the student. Follow up may include a discussion with the staff member referring and the student(s) referred. An update will be given to the lecturer/first year class coordinator by a member of the CITSSERI team to close the loop.
Note: The lecturer/class coordinator can only refer students who are willing to avail of success coaching, therefore an open and supportive discussion is needed with student before referral. Students will always have the option to opt out even after initial assessment by success coaches.
Academic Success Coaching Project
Academic Success Coaching Project Referral Form (download form)
Success coaching will be offered by the Student Engagement Initiative to students in the department who are showing signs of disengaging from their studies and/or finding their academic study particularly challenging or not attending lectures/tutorials. CITSSERI ( CIT Strategic Student Student Engagement and Retention Initiative) encourages faculty and staff to refer students who need additional assistance in order to maximise their potential to be successful.
CITSSERI will review each referral individually and will work collaboratively with the relevant academic department and student support services to assist students.
Please complete the form below. When you have completed the form, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org for review. You will be contacted about the result of this referral as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or at ext 5395.
Name of Student referred: ____________________________
Student Number: ____________________________
Reason for Referral (please tick all that apply)
□ Poor attendance in class
□ Poor attendance in labs/tutorials
□ Not completing assignments/assessments
□ Finding programme/study particularly challenging
□ Finding it difficult to transition to CIT
Does the student know that you are referring them? □Y□N
Have you spoken with the student about this issue?□Y□N
If Yes, how have you addressed this issue? □Email□Phone□1-1 meeting
**It is important that student is aware of the referral, therefore an open and supportive discussion is needed with student before referral. Students will always have the option to opt out even after initial assessment by success coaches.
Academic Success Coaching in CIT, aims to support students’ successful progression to graduation, help students stay on track with their learning and meet the new challenges of studying in Higher Education.
Academic Success Coaching can really help students to:
- Gain confidence, discover motivation and improve academic performance
- Get organised – Manage themselves and time effectively
- Develop good learning techniques and skills
- Develop short and long term goals for success
- Prepare for exams and reduce anxiety
- Meet deadlines without that last minute stress and panic
- Identify additional learning resources for challenging subjects