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Academic Achievement Center

Academic Achievement Center
101 Holton Hall
1101 Mid-Campus Dr. North
Manhattan, KS 66506


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Holtz Hall
1005 Mid-Campus Dr. North
Manhattan, KS 66506


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Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is a free student success resource, available to all K-State students, to help you thrive during your time at K-State. This individualized resource equips you with the resources and tools you need to navigate your college classes. You can meet with an Academic Coach in person or virtually.

Most students meet with an Academic Coach for support on time management, study skills, and reaching academic goals. Your Academic Coach can help you discover what areas are most important to you. 

Get connected with an Academic Coach:

Option 1: Drop in

The AAC Learning Lab is open for drop in Academic Coaching in Holtz Hall room 110.

Drop in during any open hours! 

Sunday: 3-7pm

Monday: 2:30-4pm

Tuesday: 11am-5:30pm

Wednesday: 9am-5pm

Thursday: 11am-5pm

Friday: 9am-12pm

Option 2: Schedule a meeting

Follow these steps to schedule a meeting:

  1. Log into Navigate
  2. On the left menu select select "appointments"
  3. Click "Schedule an Appointment"
  4. In the first drop down select "Academic Coaching"
  5. Select which type of service you are seeking
  6. Pick a date and find an available time
  7. Confirm final details and click "Schedule" at the bottom of your screen

Video instructions coming soon!  


Benefits of Academic Coaching

Students have found that Academic Coaching is helpful to set and reach goals, keep them accountable, and decrease their overall academic stress. Coaches provide skill building support and collaborative approaches to problem solving through rich conversations to help guide students to success.  

“I learned how to understand myself better and how to be more productive throughout the day.” 

 “It has really helped me out. The amount of stress is not comparable to what I used to have.”  

“I feel like it helped me figure out how to think through things on my own. I just had the training wheels to start out with that and I thought that was really helpful.” 

What to expect

During your first meeting, you and your Academic Coach will work collaboratively to set goals for the semester, discuss your current strengths and challenges, and develop a plan to help you reach your goal.  

After the first meeting, you and your coach will determine how frequently you should meet in order to reach your goals! Follow up meetings are designed to help keep you on track and discuss any challenges you are experiencing. Typically, students will meet with an Academic Coach about once a month.  

Academic Coaches and Academic Advisors

Academic Coaches meet with students to help answer questions and create an individualized strategy for success. The Coaches strive to be available when students need them and can help students work through events that may affect their academic experience at K-State.

Academic Advisors are assigned to students based upon their major. Academic Advisors meet with students at least once per semester to provide information on class selection, major requirements, and degree completion.

Meet our Peer Coaches

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Tess Fairbanks

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Hello! My name is Tess Fairbanks, and I am pursuing a dual degree in secondary education and Spanish.  As a future teacher, I am passionate about student success!  I believe that the journey towards success is as important as the end result, and through Peer Coaching, I am excited to connect with students and advocate for resources that can assist in their journey.

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Korey Kneisley

Communication Perseverance Dedication Determination Honesty 

Hey all! My name is Korey Kneisley and I am a double major in Political Science and History. I am an advocate for student success here at K-State and I like to see students succeed in their classes and get the most out of their college experience. I'm looking forward to meet with you and help you along the way. 

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Andrew Nordberg

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I became a peer coach because I enjoy helping others find the motivation, strategies, and strengths to achieve their academic goals.

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Lauran Skelton

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The reason I am passionate about student success is because I believe that every student is capable of achieving their dreams. It is such a rewarding feeling to see a student strive for something and then achieve it. I am excited to be a peer coach and be able to meet students and help them set and reach their goals.  

Referring a student to Academic Coaching

Faculty and staff may refer any student to Academic Coaching. Typical reasons for a referall include at least one progress report, a need for motivation and/or accountability, and/or indicate difficulty in managing course expectations. Once a referral has been submitted, an Academic Coach will reach out to the student to set up an initial meeting. 

Process for referring a student:

    1. Log into Navigate 
    2. Search for student and open their profile
    3. Select "Issue an alert" on the right hand side
    4. Select "Academic Coaching Recommended" as the alert reason
    5. Fill in additional comments
    6. Click submit