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Instructional Support Services Program/Tutoring

Academic Coaching

Watch this video to learn about academic coaching and schedule a one-on-one appointment today to meet with an Academic Coach. Discover how your coach can help you improve your grades!

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Old Gym, Room 205

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What is Academic Coaching?

Academic Coaching is a relatively new modality in the field of Learning Assistance. It is not tutoring or counseling, rather it is a modality that provides students with key information and strategies to identify, manage, and reach their goals. Academic coaching is rooted in the development of a proactive relationship between a student and a coach who provides the student with structure, support and feedback. Current research suggests that academic coaching impacts on persistence and graduation. Thus, academic coaching is another tool in the field of Learning Assistance that can enhance the college experience for students by leading to both academic and professional success.

What is the difference between tutoring and academic coaching?

Tutors typically help students with the content of a particular subject. Academic coaches focus on helping the student with study skills applicable to a variety of subjects and strategies that allow the student to be successful in college, in their workplace and in life in general. Some of the areas that are focused on during coaching sessions are:

  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Study Strategies
  • Test Preparation Strategies
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Motivation
  • Organization
  • Planning 
  • Note-taking 
  • Reading Strategies
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Campus Resources, and more!

Who can benefit from academic coaching?

Our coaching program is designed to help and benefit any student at any point in college. Whether the student is a new first year or transfer student, or a current nontraditional student, or even an A student who wants to get the most out of their college experience, our coaches will meet them where they are.

What are the benefits of coaching?

Academic coaches help students create effective study habits that lead to academic and personal and professional success.

Does coaching require a long term commitment?

No. Students have the option of a one-time session or consecutive weekly sessions. Students who request a weekly appointment can terminate their appointment at any time during the semester, once they feel they have been helped. However, the assessments done on the impact of academic coaching on the students’ academic performance show that a minimum of three consecutive sessions are needed for students to see the impact of coaching.

Who are the coaches?

Our coaches are high achieving current students and recent graduates. All coaches have attained excellent overall academic performance and participate in regular staff development and training. 

How do I apply for academic coaching?

Students can apply for academic coaching by completing the Appointment Request Form, which can be obtained in the Lehman College Tutoring Center (LTC) in the Old Gym Building, room 205. 

Can I ask for a certain coach, if I find someone I work well with?

Yes. Get to know your coach. Once your find a coach you feel comfortable working with, meet with that coach regularly. However, we may not be able to always honor requests for appointments with specific coaches.

What does a typical coaching session look like?

Each session is different and unique to the student. The coach and the student mutually decide on the goals of the session. The coach helps the student break down the goals into parts, and suggests strategies the student can apply to reach the goals. 

How long is a coaching session?

A coaching session is fifty minutes long.

What should I do between my coaching sessions? 

Students are encouraged to review and implement strategies introduced by the coach in the previous sessions. 

If I have questions or concerns about my experience with academic coaching, what do I do?

Ask the front desk staff to direct you to the Program Coordinator, who will answer and address any questions and concerns you may have in regards to your experience with academic coaching.

What students have said about academic coaching?

“What I thought was impossible became possible with coaching.”

“My academic coach was so helpful and inspirational and I could not ask for more...”

“I had a great experience with academic coaching. AMAZING! AWESOME!”

What is the cost of academic coaching or tutoring?

Coaching, as all other ISSP services, is FREE to all Lehman students. 
However, please note that you may access tutoring only for the courses you are currently taking, and not for courses you plan to take in the future.  

Where can I receive Science tutoring?

For tutoring in natural sciences, please visit the Science Learning Center (SLC), located in Gillet Hall, room 113. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2pm.  The SLC offers tutoring in the following subject areas: 

  • Biology 
  • BioStats 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics
For more information on SLC services or about how you can access science tutoring, please visit the SLC’s webpage, stop by the SLC, or call 718-960-7707.

Where can I go to for Math tutoring?

For BASIC MATH tutoring (including CUNY Assessment in Mathematics prep) and for information about the Math Lab’s hour, please go to the Mathematics Department’s Math and Computer Science Learning Center in Gillet Hall, room 222. The Math Lab can be reach by phone at 718-960-8878.


Where can I go to for writing, social sciences (economics, accounting, psychology, etc) and humanities (foreign language, music, art, history, etc) tutoring? 

For tutoring in writing, social sciences and humanities, complete the Appointment Request or please visit the Lehman Tutoring Center (LTC), located in the Old Gym Building, room 205.  The LTC provides weekly and one-time individual appointments, as well as walk-in tutoring for writing, social sciences and humanities courses on a first-come, first-served basis. Hours of access for social sciences and humanities tutoring are subject to tutors’ availability.  The LTC is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information about writing, social sciences and humanities tutoring, visit the LTC’s webpage, stop by the LTC or call 718-960-8175.  

Where can I go to for help with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)?

For help with Geographic Information Systems, you should visit the GIS Lab, located in Gillet Hall, room 322. If you are coming on campus specifically for assistance with GIS, please call 718-960-5742 to make sure the lab is open and the Lab Tech tutors are available.