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Online Learning Update

The Peer Academic Coaching program will be conducting sessions via Zoom. If you anticipate any difficulty using Zoom, please indicate that in the comments section of your application, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Peer Academic Coaching

Peer Academic Coaches help you develop and implement study strategies that will help you achieve your academic goals at UT Austin. Coaches are trained and supervised by learning specialists. Services are provided free to currently enrolled students.

We offer two different approaches to Peer Academic Coaching.

One-Time Appointments


Schedule a study strategies appointment on the topic/s of your choosing.

Appointment topics include

  • Time Management and Planning
    Having trouble getting everything done? Learn how to personally and academically maximize your time, avoid procrastination, and set effective academic goals.

  • Improving and Maintaining Motivation
    In a slump? Don’t know where to start? Just can’t get yourself going? Learn specific motivational activities to get you – and keep you – moving.
  • Introduction to Effective Study Strategies
    Are your study methods just not working this semester or in the classes you’re taking? Learn a variety of study strategies that you can apply to your specific academic circumstances.
  • Effective Concentration During Lectures and Reading
    Are you having difficulty paying attention while you sit in lecture or while you read your textbook? It’s a common problem, and we have some strategies to help.
  • Planning for Tests and Final Exams
    Major tests coming? Coaches can help you prioritize, break down the preparation process into manageable steps, and plan your time to ensure readiness. You are welcome to book at any time, but we encourage booking at least two weeks in advance if possible to ensure the best outcomes.
  • Conversational English
    If you are a new English language learner, we’re here to help you work on your conversational skills.

Semester-Long Support (Fall and Spring)


Meet weekly with your peer coach throughout the semester to develop your study skills.

Common coaching topics include

  • Effective study techniques
  • Managing time and energy
  • Reading strategies and concentration
  • Note taking and preparing for tests
  • Test taking and stress reduction tips

Space is limited. Participants are accepted until the program is full and as additional spots open during the semester.

For more information on Peer Academic Coaching, contact Darcy Barrick, program coordinator.