Science Peer Academic Coaches

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What Do We Do?

Science Peer Academic Coaches help students achieve their version of academic success through one-on-one coaching conversations. Meet with a coach to set goals, discuss study habits, brainstorm ways to improve learning, and co-create a plan of action moving forward.

An SPAC Coach can help you improve on:

  • time management
  • exam preparation strategies
  • note-taking skills and more
  • study techniques

Why See an SPAC Coach?

An SPAC Coach can help you if you are considering these questions:

  • How do I balance all my assignments, lab reports, exams, and work, while still staying healthy?
  • How come I can’t remember anything from the lecture I just attended 10 minutes ago?
  • I have 8 chapters to read this weekend for 3 different classes, where do I even start?
  • How do people use their lecture notes to study for an exam? Am I doing it right?
  • What’s the quickest way to memorize things for an exam?

 

How Does It Work?

Students can drop by our coaching space (see below) when classes are in session, or book an appointment. For an appointment, the Coach will reach out to the student directly via email within two business days to set up a meeting time and location.

A coaching conversation is based on an individual's needs but will typically look like:

  • Finding out what questions a student has or what they’re interested in discussing
  • Learning more about the student's schedule, goals, current obstacles, areas of focus etc.
  • Brainstorming study strategies and techniques for the student to use
  • Working with the student to create appropriate solutions and developing a plan of action
  • Determining a method of follow-up the student prefers, and how often

All conversations with a coach are confidential.

Get Involved

If you would like to become a Science Peer Academic Coach, check out the SPAC position descriptions. SPAC recruitment happens in early January.

You can also send us a message!

Want an Academic Boost?

Students who work with an SPAC coach see up to a 10% increase in their grades.

Get a coach!

SPAC's Coaching Space

You can visit an SPAC Coach in our drop-in centre for one-on-one academic coaching when classes are in session. SPAC coaches are happy to chat with you to create a study plan, discuss time management strategies, and more.

SPAC coaches will help you complete an Action Plan that will outline the immediate steps you should take to achieve your academic goals. Throughout this process, coaches will familiarize you with various on-campus resources that you can use to support your academic success.

Looking for a coach outside of drop-in? Book an appointment with a coach and meet with them anywhere on campus.

3rd floor, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

12 pm - 5 pm (Regular hours start September 18)

Upcoming SPAC Events

Friday, September 1, 2017 to Friday, March 30, 2018

Each month, SPAC coaches are available to help support you in your academics.
Monday, November 20, 2017 to Friday, December 1, 2017

Studying for exams doesn’t have to be difficult. Drop by Coaches Corner for 15 minutes to kick off your final exam preparation.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Please check back in Sept 2018 for details about the event.

Meet Your Science Peer Academic Coaches

Zoe O'Neill

Year: 4
Microbiology and Immunology

Yuliya Badayeva

Year: 4
Integrated Sciences

Wallace Yuen

Year: 5
Biotechnology

Tamar Av-Shalom

Year: 4
Combined Major in Microbiology & Immunology and Computer Science

Steven Lee

Year: 5
Immunology/Microbiology

Simran Sandhu

Year: 4
Biology

Saurav Acharya

Year: 4
Combined Major in Science (Life Science, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science)

Sarah Wong

Year: 4
Behavioural Neuroscience

Sabrina Ge

Year: 3
Integrated Science

Niousha Gazor

Year: 3
Biology

Myra Lam

Year: 4
Microbiology amd Immunology

Melissa Ko

Year: 3
Biology

Kiran Ubi

Year: 5
Integrated Sciences (Developmental Biology and Neuroscience)

Karl Abuan

Year: 4
Microbiology and Immunology

Judy Wu

Year: 3
Biology

Judy Ban

Year: 5
Microbiology and Immunology

Joanne Lim

Year: 3
Biology

Jasmyne Kassam

Year: 4
Honours Integrated Sciences (Neuroscience, Genetics, & Biophysics)

Igor Mihajlovic

Year: 4
Cognitive Systems

Grace Nie

Year: 3
Integrated Sciences

Devine Calanog

Year: 5
Biology

Cindy Chen

Year: 4
Biochemistry

Christine Kim

Year: 2
Microbiology and Immunology

Chin Tan

Year: 4
Integrated Sciences (Genetics and Physiology)

Che-Min Lee

Year: 3
Biochemistry

Carlina Kim

Year: 4
Environmental Science

Bryan Wang

Year: 3
Microbiology and Immunology

Alyssa Yong

Year: 2
Pharmacology

Alvin Parappilly

Year: 4
Biology

Alice Sin

Year: 4
Integrated Sciences (Microbiology & Neurobiology)