Academic Coaching

The Tufts University Academic Coaching Program works to promote self-regulation and resiliency in graduate and undergraduate students across the university.  We provide a variety of individual and group programming that attends to the needs of a diverse community of learners and includes one-on-one coaching, academic skills and discipline-specific workshops, and small group tutoring for specific courses.  We also provide support in public speaking and presentation skills. Students may meet with members of our staff at any point during their Tufts career.

Academic Skills Workshops

Attend a workshop that will help you develop foundational skills for academic success. Topics vary weekly and include tackling test anxiety, overcoming procrastination, managing your time, public speaking and presentation skills or decoding a syllabus.  

Register for a Workshop 

 

Discipline-Specific Workshops

Attend a workshop that focuses on success in a particular course or subject area. Topics vary throughout the semester.  

Register for a Workshop

Individual Coaching

Meet one-on-one with a professional Academic Coach or a Graduate Academic Skills Consultant to learn more about your individual learning styles, managing your time and extracurricular commitments, and what resources may be helpful during your collegiate experience. 

Use “Start with StAAR” to make an appointment with a coach!  

Subject Tutoring

Small group tutoring is available for specific courses at Tufts.  Visit Tutor Finder to see a list of available sessions. 

Don't see what you need? Email us.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

The Academic Coaching Staff is excited to help faculty and staff support student learning.  Refer a student who is struggling using our Student Support Portal, request a workshop for your class or program, or contact Katherine Swimm, Associate Director of Academic Support, with questions.

 

Resources for Students
  • Don't Know Where to Start? Start with StAAR can develop a personalized support plan!
  • Book a Tutoring Appointment with  Tutor Finder.
  • Book a Coaching Appointment
  • Video Archive
  • Tip Sheets

Frequently Asked Questions

I used to Work with a TMSS Consultant or Subject Tutor. What resources are available now?

If you previously worked with a TMSS Consultant, you will be able to attend workshops or one-on-one sessions led by one of our Academic Coaches or one of our Academic Skills Consultants.  Students who met regularly with Subject Tutors can now access small group sessions or attend discipline-specific workshops.  Tutor Finder will remain the portal students should use to access these resources and it will be updated throughout the summer with additional information.  If you have questions about your individual circumstances, please reach out to Associate Director of Academic Support, Katherine Swimm.

Can I sign up for ongoing appointments with a TMSS or Subject Tutor? 

Our program’s aim is to provide each student with a toolbox of resources they can use to guide and motivate their own learning. The need for an ongoing, regular appointments will be determined in consultation with your Coach, Tutor, or Skills Consultant, and the Associate Director of Academic Support.  If you have questions about your individual circumstances, please reach out to Associate Director of Academic Support, Katherine Swimm.

Can I meet with the same TMSS Consultant or Subject Tutor as I have in the past?

Combining TMSS and Subject Tutoring allowed us to create new positions for graduate and undergraduate students.  While some past TMSS Consultants and Subject Tutors have stayed with our new program, many have moved on to other opportunities.  We look forward to pairing you with an Academic Coach, Academic Skills Consultant, or Tutor who meets your needs. If you have questions about your individual circumstances, please reach out to Associate Director of Academic Support, Katherine Swimm.

What if I need an individual tutoring session, or one-on-one coaching session?

The StAAR Center hopes that each student will try our group programming – small group tutoring, tutoring drop-in hours, study groups, or academic skills workshops – which may provide the resources you need.  If you have tried one of these resources and feel you still need individual help, please reach out to your Professor, TA, or Academic Dean, who can refer you to individual tutoring after you meet with them. If you have questions about your individual circumstances, please reach out to Associate Director of Academic Support, Katherine Swimm.