A coach's role is to provide clients with questions, observations, feedback, encouragement, support, and accountability to assist clients in meeting their stated goals. Coaching is NOT therapy. Therapy deals with exploring origins of emotional or psychological trauma and tends to be long-term and intensive. Alternatively, coaching addresses behaviors, values, motivators, and, to some degree, emotional issues. Coaching is primarily focused on the present and future, with a concentration on time-limited, action-oriented results.
Tulane Success Coaches are life coaches accredited through the International Coach Federation (ICF).Success Coaches meet individually with students on a regular basis to challenge and support them as they navigate life at Tulane. Using the principles of ICF training, coaches assist students in reaching goals related to their academic and personal pursuits. Some popular coaching topics include time management, accountability, realistic goal-setting, improving study skills, investigating learning styles, reducing test anxiety, the transition from high school to college, exploring interests and strengths, decision-making, and improving campus involvement.
The difference between Tulane Success Coaches and other professionals on campus:
Academic Advisors - Coaches do not assist students with course selection or academic planning, major declaration, adding or dropping courses, obtaining advanced placement, monitoring degree requirements and academic progress, or withdrawal or leave of absence.
Counselors –While issues that impact student success are relevant coaching topics, coaches are primarily focused on motivation and skill building. This generally requires an emphasis on present and future goals rather than discussing challenges in the past. When necessary, coaches can make the appropriate referral to another resource on campus and assist students with appointment scheduling.
Tutors - If a student is facing challenges with course content, the coach can assist the student in connecting with Peer Educators for tutoring, writing support, Supplemental Instruction, or Peer Coaching through the Tulane Academic Success Center
Students that engage fully in the coaching process can expect to develop the skills and resources to:
Improve academic performance
Become effective communicators
Recognize and utilize their strengths
Set SMART goals and achieve them
Identify and remove obstacles that can hinder success
Effectively manage stress and prioritize wellness
Take ownership of their academic, personal, and career endeavors
The coaching relationship is established based on the student's needs, and the roles of coach and student are clearly defined at the beginning of the partnership. Together, the coach and student create an individualized success plan that involves short term and long term goal setting.
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