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Academic coaching is the one-on-one process of helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses, then devising a personal plan. Academic coaches can help with everything from overcoming writing blocks to managing your time better to enhancing your presentation skills.

Academic coaching is supported through your Student Services fee, therefore there is no additional cost to take advantage of this service. Please contact the TRC Reception Desk for assistance with setting up an appointment, at either campus at 210-458-4694.

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Below is a list of items that we have helped graduate students with over the past years.

Graduate Academic Coaching has helped with the following:

Time management

  • Setting up timeframes and due dates for various projects
  • Backdating
  • Using a calender
  • Prioritizing
  • Balance work, studies, and family


  • Drafting
  • Understanding assignments
  • How to do an annotated bibliography or literature review
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Organization
  • Developing a higher level writing style
  • Timelines for large writing projects
  • Overcoming writing blocks
  • Establishing confidence in your academic writing

Graduate hoops

  • Comps & Quals
  • Dissertation
  • Thesis
  • Scholarship preparation
  • Applications to various programs
  • Proposals
  • Roles of committees (dissertation, thesis, or exam) and how to select members
  • Effectively communicating with professors, peers, or groups members

Professional development

  • Poster presentations
  • Public speaking
  • Conference presentations
  • PowerPoint (using professionally)
  • Surveys (developing and evaluating)


  • Concentration
  • Anxiety and feeling overwhelmed
  • ESL difficulties
  • International student issues and acculturation
  • Motivation and attitude
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Stress and relaxation
  • Establishing healthy boundaries

Study skills

  • Conquering breadth of material
  • Critical thinking
  • Transitioning into grad school
  • Generating discussion questions for class lecture
  • Establishing effective study groups
  • Using note cards and flashcards
  • Test taking strategies
  • Efficient note taking
  • Reading effectively
  • Basics of organization
    • Concept mapping
    • Outlining
    • Charts