Your First Visit

Your First Visit

There are several different ways to make your first visit to the HKC.

  • Stop by and see the space, meet staff, and spend some time studying. We are open from 9am to 6pm during academic terms.
  • Attend a workshop.
  • Call the desk and schedule an appointment for academic coaching related to a particular skill or class (you are welcome to bring a friend who is working on the same material).
  • Schedule an appointment through Starfish. For more infomation on how to schedule an appointment through Starfish, click this link!

If you are considering taking advantage of an academic coaching visit, we have some great tips for finding success from your very first visit.  Making the most of coaching is all about getting started quickly and effectively.  Think about your goal for the session. What do you want to be the focus of your work with a coach? If you’re not sure, here are some suggestions for figuring it out.

  • Visit with your course instructor during office hours. Seek their advice on what you could study or practice to make the most of your learning. (This is an especially great idea if your instructor recommended coaching to you.)

  • Bring an assignment on which you’ve already received feedback (positive and/or constructive). Ask your coach to go through it with you.

  • Does your instructor provide supplemental practice opportunities (that aren’t for a grade)?  Would you like to think out loud with a coach as you work through them?

  • Brainstorm three questions (about the content, studying, notetaking, etc.) that would make your work better if you could find the answers.

  • Still not sure? That’s OK, too!  Tell one of our schedulers that you know coaching is a great idea for you and you would like their help determining a plan and focus.

A Note about Coaching and Academic Integrity

Academic coaches can offer support in a wide variety of ways. However, there are some things they can’t do because they hold profound respect for the university’s policies on academic integrity. Any graded assignments must reflect the independent work and skills of the students to whom they’ve been assigned…for all kinds of good reasons.  Therefore, academic coaches will verify with you that the practice they are supporting isn’t something you will be submitting for feedback or a grade.  (Coaches can create practice opportunities that build on similar skills.)