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Academic Coaches work with undergraduate and graduate students to tackle common challenges like:
- Time Management
- Exam preparation & anxiety
- Writing essays and dissertations
- Reading and note-taking strategies
- Communicating effectively with advisors/mentors
What is Academic Coaching?
“I feel like I never have enough time.”
“I study and study, but it doesn’t show on my exams.”
“I’m just not feeling motivated to do my work.”
Does this sound familiar? You're not alone. Academic life at Stanford can be challenging. The pace, complexity, and volume of material encountered in the quarter system challenges students to learn more effectively and efficiently. Our academic coaches help you navigate these challenges by providing you with the tools to balance the many demands that are placed on you as a Stanford student. We work one-on-one with you to help you improve your academic strategies, suggest changes to your approach, find school/life balance, and provide encouragement as you implement new ways of learning.
You can think of an academic coach like a personal trainer. The coach is adjusting the weights, offering new workouts, supporting you, and providing guidance to help you achieve your goals. The obvious different is that an academic coach is helping you strengthen your learning fitness.
Your goals might sound like this:
- “I want to study more efficiently.”
- “I want to procrastinate less.”
- “I think I could be managing my time better.”
- “I don’t want my anxiety to get in the way of how I perform on a final.”
- “I’d like to retain more of the information I learn for the long-term.”
Stanford undergraduate, master's, professional, and PhD students walk into Academic Skills Coaching sessions year-round with statements like these and many more. Coaches offer strategies, accountability, and inspiriation along the way. Book an appointment to start your individual training!
Meet Your Academic Coaches
Nicholas Santascoy, Academic Coach, Student Learning Programs
Nicholas Santascoy (him/his) is an Academic Coach in the Center for Teaching and Learning. Nicholas started his college education at Berkeley City College then later majored in psychology at UC Berkeley, where he was a McNair Scholar and researched the effect of gratitude interventions on rejection sensitivity. To learn more about the science of human nature, he completed a PhD in psychology, examining people’s beliefs about intergroup bias. He decided to combine a growing interest in learning science with his psychology skills by pursuing a career in academic coaching. He has held coaching positions at both the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. He began his current role at Stanford in Spring 2019. Working together with students on advancing their skill and confidence in strategic planning, deep learning, critical thinking, faculty relations, and self-motivation is the highlight of his day.
Rhean Sun, Academic Coach, Student Learning Programs
Rhean Sun (she/her) is an Academic Coach in the Center for Teaching and Learning and a proud Stanford graduate. She majored in English with a focus on creative writing. Her favorite classes included Social Dance and The Graphic Novel. While at Stanford, she was also involved with the Native American Cultural Center, Polynesian Cultural Festival, and the Stanford Taekwondo Club. Since graduating, she has been a food blogger, marketing manager, tech support specialist, editor in chief, and college writing instructor. She also holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She's excited to be back at Stanford helping students develop the skills necessary to reach their academic goals and become lifelong learners.
Jae Chung, Associate Director, Student Learning Programs
Jae (he/his) manages the Student Learning Programs at CTL and oversees the Peer Learning Consultant Program. Jae received his PhD in Biology from Stanford University, where his doctoral research focused on cardiovascular development and cancer biology. Jae has launched mentorship and TA support programs, and was the Residential Academic Director for the Leland Scholars Program at Stanford before coming to CTL. Jae has worked with Stanford students since 2012 and is committed to helping students reach their academic goals.