Science Peer Academic Coaches

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What Do We Do?

Science Peer Academic Coaches help students achieve long-term academics through one-on-one conversations. Meet with a coach to co-create a plan of action, form a manageable study plan, and brainstorm ways to improve your learning.

An SPAC Coach can help you identify and improve:

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

Why See an SPAC Coach?

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

  • Not sure how to balance all of your courses, lab assignments, work, and still be healthy?
  • Do you go to class and not remember anything once you leave?
  • Too many textbooks and not enough time to read them. Want to know where to start?
  • Could you use some help learning how to learn?

 

How Does It Work?

Students can drop by Coaches Corner when classes are in session, or book an appointment. For an appointment, the coach will first communicate with the student to set up a location on campus.

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

  • Finding out what a student is wondering about
  • Learning more about the student's interests and schedule, goals, current obstacles to goals, etc.
  • Collaborating on creating appropriate solutions to try for reaching student goals
  • Determining what follow-up the student would like, 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!

Coaches Corner

Coaches Corner is a drop-in centre where students can receive one-on-one academic coaching with an SPAC coach when classes are in session. SPAC coaches are happy to chat with you to create a study plan and discuss time management strategies.

We will also help you fill out an Action Plan to outline the immediate steps you’ll take to achieve your academic goals. Through this process, we’ll familiarize you with the wealth of resources UBC offers to facilitate 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

Opens Monday Sept 26

Upcoming SPAC Events

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 to Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Get ready for midterms and start your term off strong! Hear insight and advice from UBC professors on how to best prepare for midterms.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Find out some inside tips and tricks to exam preparation in Science, as well as how to best prepare yourself individually.
Monday, November 21, 2016 to Friday, December 2, 2016

Studying for exams doesn’t have to be difficult. Drop by Coaches Corner for 15 minutes to kick off your final exam preparation.

Meet Your Science Peer Academic Coaches

Zoe O'Neill

Year: 3
Microbiology and Immunology

Yuliya Badayeva

Year: 5
Integrated Sciences (Neuroscience and Microbiology)

Yidie Feng

Year: 4
Statistics

Vivian Tsang

Year: 3
Integrated Sciences- Population Health (focus on Relationship-centered Care, Human Biology & Therapeutics)

Vincent Tang

Year: 4
Honours Cellular, Anatomical, and Physiological Sciences

Tony Fang

Year: 4
Microbiology & Immunology

Sunny Chen

Year: 3
Integrated Sciences

Simran Sandhu

Year: 3
Biology

Shannah Fisher

Year: 3
Integrated Sciences

Saurav Acharya

Year: 3
Combined Major in Science

Sarina Chen

Year: 3
Combined Major in Computer Science and Microbiology & Immunology

Sarah Wong

Year: 4
Behavioural Neuroscience

Sabrina Ge

Year: 2
Cognitive Systems

Ria Tiwary

Year: 3
Chemistry

Parisa Safavi

Year: 3
Combined Major in Sciences (Chemistry, Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences)

Melissa Ko

Year: 2
Biology

Leslie Liu

Year: 3
Chemistry

Laura Wong

Year: 3
Chemistry

Kiran Ubi

Year: 4
Integrated Sciences (Developmental Biology and Neuroscience)

Kiana Yau

Year: 5
Biochemistry

Kelly Borkowski

Year: 3
Biology

Justin Fong

Year: 4
Pharmacology

Judy Wu

Year: 3
Biology

Joey Fu

Year: 4
Integrated Sciences

Joanne Lim

Year: 2
Biology

Jessica Tang

Year: 5
Biochemistry

Jennifer Whetter

Year: 3
Chemistry

Jasmyne Kassam

Year: 3
Honours Integrated Sciences (Neuroscience, Genetics & Biophysics)

Igor Mihajlovic

Year: 3
Cognitive Systems

Henry Wu

Year: 4
Biology

Helia Shariati

Year: 3
Pharmacology

Grace Nie

Year: 2
Integrated Sciences

Geoffrey Liang

Year: 4
Pharmacology

DJ Hunt

Year: 4
Microbiology & Immunology

Devine Calanog

Year: 4
Biology

David Yang

Year: 2
Combined Major in Science

Cathy Xu

Year: 4
Integrated Sciences

Angela Li

Year: 4
Cellular, Anatomical, and Physiological Sciences

Alvin Parappilly

Year: 3
Biology

Ales Skala

Year: 4
Biochemistry

Adrian Karunaratne

Year: 4
Biology

Adjoa Quainoo

Year: 4
Geophysics