Academic Coaching

Are you looking for help with a class? Work with a fellow Radford Univserity student to explore content, develop study habits, and set learning goals! Schedule an appointment today by going to Starfish via your MyRU Portal, by calling the HKC at 540-831-7704, or by visiting us on the 4th floor of McConnell Library. 

What is Academic Coaching and How Will it Help Me?

We like to call Academic Coaching TutoringPlus. An Academic Coach is a fellow Radford Student who will meet with you up to twice a week, depending on your needs. They learn about your goals and strengths, and assist you in building the effective habits and skills that will help you succeed in college. Academic Coaches often specialize in an academic subject, and can help you develop subject-specific study strategies, understand key concepts from the class, prepare for exams, and improve general success skills like time management and notetaking.

When Should I Come In?

The earlier, the better! We encourage students to connect with a Coach in the first two weeks of the semester. This gives you a chance to start the semester strong by reviewing the expectations and assignments with a partner, learning strategies for a new or unfamiliar class, and getting a jump start on effective note taking. A Coach can help you understand expectations like attendance, office hours, and how frequently you should be reviewing information from the course.

How Do I Get Started?

We offer limted drop-in hours and we encourage appointments so that you can make sure to get a spot with the coach you want. We fill up very quickly around exams, and recommend students make their appointments up to a week in advance during peak times. Appointments can be made on Starfish, or by contacting our office. 

Create an Appointment through Starfish

You can schedule your own appointment by logging into Starfish and locating the Harvey Knowledge Center under your Success Network.

Let Us Help

Contact our office to discuss getting started, to pick an academic coach, and to have help setting up an appointment. Our student staff would be delighted to talk with you.

  • Email us at
  • Leave us a voicemail message at 540-831-7704
  • Come by McConnell 441 and chat with an Office Assistant