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Academic Coaching

What is Academic Coaching?

Academic Coaching is a personalized, one-on-one meeting with a trained academic coach who can help students improve their skills and performance.  Working with an academic coach can help students study smarter by developing skills in Note-Taking, Test-Taking, Memorization Techniques and Time Management skills.  An Academic Coach can also recommend students to receive tutoring.

The Academic Coach creates a graphic plan to assist students in following the recommendations as outlined below: 

  • Students must keep their assigned appointments by phone, or in-person
  • Students must be responsible for rescheduling their missed appointments

What is the role of an Academic Coach?

  • The Academic Coach must review the professor’s concerns, and provide the recommended services.
  • The Coach must contact the targeted students, and arrange an initial meeting to assess their level of need.
  • If specified, the Coach must arrange for an in-person workshop and/or tutorial session(s) on a continuous basis.
  • The Coach must schedule follow up sessions, which are required to determine the success of the services offered.
  • Before the end of each semester, the Coach must contact the students’ professors and submit a written report of the services each student received.
  • The Academic Coach should keep a computerized data sheet of the various tutorial services and workshops provided for the student. This will allow the coach to review the progress of the students during their stay at BMCC, and will allow the coach to build on the personalized workshops to better aid the student in the future.

How will Academic Coaching work at BMCC?

Academic coaching works best by addressing the learning needs of students who have been identified in the early alert process and need additional assistance beyond tutoring or advising services. Once identified, the goal of the Academic Coach is to contact individual students and begin the process of engagement.

Targeted Student Population?

Currently, the targeted student population for Academic Coaching goals are those students who have been identified through the Early Alert process.  Once identified, the goal will be to offer each mentored student in the series access to a specifically tailored program unique to the individual student.  This program will include a variety of planned workshops geared around the student’s needs. For example, students who are doing poorly or failing because of poor Time-Management Skills should be taught how to prioritize and use Intention Statements in order to avoid procrastination, since skill deficit (whether it is managing one’s time or understanding course work) is the number one cause of procrastination. Students rarely postpone projects they are able to complete with ease.


Individual workshops and written material are available to each student in the Academic Coaching Program. The names of our workshops are listed below; however, each workshop can be tailored to meet the students’ individual needs.
The workshops include:

  • Time- Management
  • Memorization Techniques
  • Anxiety/Relaxation Techniques
  • How to Read a text book

Location and Hours of Operation

Academic Coaching is available in the Learning Resource Center, Room S510

Monday – Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-7pm


Jennifer Russell-Felix
Phone Number: (212)220-1383

Learning Resource Center
Room: S510 
Phone: 212 220-1383
Office Directory

LRC Office Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

When no classes scheduled, the LRC will be opened: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact Us
Tutorial Program: (212) 220-1383
Computer Labs: (212) 220-1381 or 1382
Online Tutoring: (212) 220-8359
General Info Email:
Tutoring Email:
Online Tutoring Email: