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Academic Coaching

Peer & Professional Academic Coaching

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Academic Resource Center
Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Rm 1313

Refer a Student to a PAC

Peer and professional academic coaches (PACs) are available to meet with students who want to improve their academic and self-management skills. Trained staff work collaboratively with students to identify unique learning strengths, develop individual plans for academic support, and promote self-confidence and independence in areas such as study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, and more.

What do Academic Coaches do?

  • Academic coaches meet one-on-one with students (in-person or online) to discuss strategies for reaching student goals. Get help with study strategies, note taking, motivation, organization, and much more.

  • Peer Academic Coaches design and coordinate resources to help build student academic skills. Resources are organized into CORE categories: communication, organization, reading & studying, and educational.

  • Peer Academic Coaches facilitate small group workshops designed to help students meet the demands of college-level academics.

Schedule PAC Apponintment

When scheduling a peer academic coaching appointment (PAC), the system works best with Google Chrome or FireFox.

Peer Academic Coaches

Samantha Sanger


Status: Senior

Major: Business Administration

Favorite Food: Steak and Potatoes

Fun Fact: I enjoy outdoor adventure,dogs, and camping

Why do you enjoy being an Academic Coach?

Dynasty Page


Status: Junior

Major: Business Administration with a minor in Fashion Merchandise

Favorite Food: Salmon

Fun Fact: I enjoy reading, shopping and yoga

Why do you enjoy being an Academic Coach?

Brittany Houghton


Status: Senior

Major: Biomedical Science (Minors: Political Science and biomedical engineering)

Favorite Food: Indian Food

Fun Fact: I am from Indiana

Why do you enjoy being an Academic Coach? I love helping students become the best versions of themselves and helping them learn how to balance everything is really satisfying.





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Professional Academic Coaches

Diana Hernandez

Diana Hernandez, Assistant Director of Instructional Support Resources

I am the Assistant Director of Instructional Support Resources in the Academic Resource Center. I provide tutoring resources and trainings to faculty and staff to help students achieve academic success. Besides providing academic resources and assistance to faculty, staff, and students, I have experience working with and advising first-generation college students. To help guide and inform my work, I earned a Master Advisor Certificate, which emphasized the philosophy of advising as teaching. I have a Doctor of Education in Educational Studies, specializing in Educational Leadership and Higher Education.

Taia Reid

Taia Reid, Assistant Director of Academic Readiness Programs

I am the Assistant Director of Academic Readiness Programs. I provide mentorship experiences and academic coaching for students of all backgrounds and statuses. Through my role, students can connect with other students, faculty, and staff to help them achieve their personal and academic goals. This role is exciting to me because it closely aligns with my interest in assisting first-generation, students from low SES, and urban backgrounds. I earned my master's degree in Higher Education at ODU, and I am currently working on a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. Through my role and educational experiences, I hope to create affordable and accessible pre-college educational experiences to all students who desire higher education.


Angelina Hickman,Graduate Assistant

My name is Gina Hickman. I am a graduate student here at Old Dominion University. I am pursuing my master's degree in elementary education and initial licensure. I am the Academic Enrichment Graduate Assistant for the Impact Learning Communities in the Office of Academic Success Initiatives and Support. I am a Professional Academic Coach in the ARC. As a Professional Academic Coach, I look forward to helping the ODU student community further their academic success and reach a feeling of accomplishment for all of the hard work put into your studies. I have a passion for teaching and education. I love to spend time cooking new recipes and exploring places with my dog Boomer.

I look forward to meeting you!


Anzhelika Gyulumyan,Graduate Assistant

I am a graduate assistant for the Academic Success Initiatives and Support at the Academic Resource Center, and a graduate student at ODU pursuing a MSEd in Instructional Design and Technology. I design and develop online trainings for students and coaches to help them with learning and study skills in different disciplines. Before coming to ODU, I established coaching and mentorship programs in Armenia, and designed a program to teach teenagers startup development through design thinking. I hope that through coaching I can help students develop their self-regulated learning skills to achieve their academic goals.

Academic Coaching Resources

Exploring Effectiveness of Academic Coaching for Academically At-Risk College Students

Investigating the Effects of Academic Coaching on College Students' Metacognition

An Academic Coaching Model Intervention for College Students on the Autism Spectrum

The Route to Success - Personal-Academic Coaching Program

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