Success Coaching

Success coaches assist students in meeting their goals. To do this, coaches provide students with questions, observations, feedback, encouragement, support, and accountability. Unlike a therapist’s exploration of origins of emotional or psychological trauma that can be long-term and intensive, a coach explores behaviors, values, motivators, and some emotions. Coaching is primarily focused on the present and future, with a concentration on time-limited, action-oriented results.

Success coaches are available to meet in person, via phone call, or Zoom to help you navigate academic and personal challenges and keep you on track for success this semester.

Policies & Procedures

Students can engage with Success Coaching at any point during their academic career at Tulane. To make an appointment, students should either book an appointment on Calendly or contact the Success Coaching team via email (

After initiating the Success Coaching process students will:
  -  Actively participate in one semester or one full academic year of coaching appointments
  -  Meet 1:1 with your coach on a regular
  -  Be challenged and supported as you navigate life at Tulane
  -  Learn and improve various study techniques

Academic Success Coaches assist students using frameworks like Growth vs. Fixed Mindset, the Transtheoretical Model of Change, Positive Psychology, and Motivational Interviewing. Drawing from these frameworks and theories, coaches work with students in reaching their unique academic, career, and personal goals.

Academic Advisors

Coaches do not assist students with course selection, major declaration, monitoring degree requirements and academic progress, or withdrawal or leave of absence.


While issues that impact student success are relevant coaching topics, coaches are primarily focused on motivation and skill building. This generally requires an emphasis on present and future goals rather than discussing challenges in the past. When necessary, coaches can make the appropriate referral to another resource on campus and assist students with appointment scheduling.


If a student is facing challenges with course content, the coach can assist the student in connecting with Peer Educators for tutoring, writing support, Supplemental Instruction, or Peer Coaching.

During the initial meeting, the coach and the student will determine what the student is hoping to get out of the process and if coaching is the appropriate campus resource. Coaches typically meet with students on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Data shows that students who meet with a coach 5 - 8 times a semester have the most positive impact on GPA. Students have the freedom to set their own agendas and choose what they want to explore in coaching. Coaches allow students to take the lead and keep big picture goals in mind to guide the conversation in a productive direction.