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Graduate Student FAQs

Learning Coach FAQs for Graduate Students

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I am registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (i.e., the centre on campus that provides services for students with disabilities) at my university. Is there funding available to help me pay for a learning coach?

Post-secondary students who have a disability and are registered with their university may have access to government funding to pay for learning coaching sessions (i.e., academic strategy sessions). Contact your advisor at your institution for more information as we cannot help you with this application.

How often should I see a learning coach?

Most of the graduate students we have worked with in the past meet with us weekly over a semester (e.g., ten weeks). It depends on where you are in your graduate program; students in their first year may need support focusing on the increased reading and writing demands whereas students in their final years may need support during the thesis/dissertation writing process. This can be something you discuss with your learning coach in your first session or in the free consultation.

Can I use a learning coach to help me complete my thesis/dissertation?

Absolutely! Both Lizz and Sarah recently completed their PhDs and are very familiar with the ups and downs of completing a master's thesis or a doctoral dissertation. We can help you hold yourself accountable to deadlines, plan your writing time, enact reading strategies, structure your time effectively, etc.  We can also help you navigate meetings with your supervisor and/or committee, advocate for yourself, understand graduate supervision policies, and many other aspects of being a graduate student. 

Would using a learning coach be helpful for a writing group?

If you already meet with two or three other graduate students to provide support and accountability during the often lonely thesis/dissertation writing process, a learning coach can help boost your academic writing! A learning coach can provide you with tools and techniques to increase your motivation, set more effective goals, structure your time more efficiently, elicit better feedback from your advisor/committee, and much more.