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Why should I join the Shepherd Success Academy?

Students who take ownership of their education are more likely to successfully complete their first semester!
Every student who joins the Shepherd Success Academy will be assigned to their own personal Success Coach who will meet with them during weekly one-on-one meetings and will help them create a personalized success plan, enhancing skills and academic performance.

A meeting with your success coach is one of the most productive ways to personalize your education and stay on track academically. Working with a success coach will help you understand and utilize critical campus resources, assist you to study smarter by developing skills in time management and goal setting, and help you explore your major and future career goals.

Remember, Success Coaches are not academic advisors. The conversations you have with your advisor will focus on planning curriculum and meeting requirements for your major, whereas a success coach will provide you with a space for everything in between, such as, learning strategies, life management skills, and earning strong grades.

What benefits do I receive from working with my Success Coach?

Coaches can help navigate campus resources and design learning strategies tailored to you individually. Meeting with a coach is comfortable, low maintenance, and low drama. It’s a chance for you to talk about your own experience at Shepherd, in and out of the classroom and your transition from high school to college. Meeting with a coach will help you create and act on your plan, and discuss the challenges, solutions, and progress for success.  Coaches hold their students accountable and encourage personal responsibility.

What do the one-on-one meetings consist of?

Each agenda-based individual meeting is designed to cover topics related to student success such as time management and  note-taking skills.  During your one-on-one meetings you can discuss with your coach if you feel you’re “not doing well”, if you have questions about any kind of academic policy, feel any undue academic pressure, want to explore academic options of any kind (such as your major, minor, internships, externships, etc.). You can learn to sharpen your learning or life management skills, including: college reading and writing, managing stress, motivation and focus, communicating with instructors, and test-taking strategies.

Is the Academy a large time commitment?

No, we understand that our students lead busy lives!  Each student is required to meet with his or her success coach weekly, but we work hard to ensure that that meeting time fits into your schedule.  Meetings can last anywhere from fifteen minutes to one hour depending on topics that need to be covered and questions/concerns the student has.

Do you get class credit for participating?

Yes!  Participation in the Academy can now earn you 1 graded FYEX credit.