University Coaching and Academic Mentoring (UCAM)
Looking for new ways to succeed in college and support while you learn those new strategies? Looking for support in navigating the many competing priorities of a student? Looking for a program that gives students with learning disabilities the tools to succeed? Looking for a university that offers more than accommodations? Then you are looking for UCAM.
What is UCAM?
UCAM is a comprehensive, fee-for-services support program for students experiencing academic challenges. We know that, for a variety of reasons, some students need a coach to help them reach their academic best. Designed for students with executive function challenges, ADD, and other learning disabilities, UCAM promotes self-advocacy, autonomy, and academic achievement. Our coaches work with individual students in weekly coaching sessions and are focused completely on students learning to reach their academic goals.
The mission of UCAM is provide supportive and challenging coaching and mentoring for students with a wide variety of learning differences. Focused specifically on the individual student and the student's own goals, UCAM staff help the student develop academic skills, self-efficacy, and an understanding of the unwritten curriculum, especially in critical transition times in the student's university career.
Who benefits from UCAM?
Students who have experienced challenges with planning, follow-through, breaking big projects into manageable tasks, determining what's important to study and how to do it - whether or not you have a documented learning disability.
How does UCAM work?
UCAM is a year-long service that provides a pre-fall orientation, weekly coaching sessions, a professional writing coach, and skill development opportunities. Students say that having that coach to check in with each week makes an enormous difference in both their success and their ability to handle stress.
UCAM provides weekly, one-on-one coaching sessions, plus follow up support as needed. It is available to all SOU students and is financial aid eligible. The cost is $1,495/term.
- New student orientation
- Professional writing coach
- Referrals to other campus and community resources
- Skill development opportunities
- Midterm progress checks
- End-of-term coaching feedback
What are the benefits of coaching sessions?
- Setting and meeting academic goals
- Time management and organization
- Tracking due dates and completing assignments
- Writing skills development
- Developing effective study skills