“I feel like I never have enough time.”
“I study and study, but it doesn’t show on my exams.”
“I’m just not feeling motivated to do my work."
Does this sound familiar? You're not alone. Academic life at CU Denver can be challenging. The pace, complexity, and volume of material encountered in college challenges students to learn more effectively and efficiently. Our Learning Support Team is here to help you navigate these challenges by providing you with the tools to balance the many demands that are placed on you as a CU Denver student. We work one-on-one with you to help you improve your academic strategies, suggest changes to your approach, find school/life balance, and provide encouragement as you implement new ways of learning.
You can think of a Learning Support Specialist like a personal trainer. The trainer is adjusting the weights, offering new workouts, supporting you, and providing guidance to help you achieve your goals. The obvious difference is that a Learning Support Specialist is helping you strengthen your learning fitness.
Your goals might sound like this:
CU Denver students walk into LRC Individual Coaching sessions year-round with statements like these and many more. Learning Support Specialists offer strategies, accountability, and inspiration along the way.
In your first session, your Learning Support Specialist will ask questions in a friendly, conversational way to understand your current experiences, habits, and possible areas for growth. Then you’ll explore potential solutions together. A typical first appointment includes:
Introductions and answers to any questions you have about Individual Coaching
Informal chatting about your course load, semester, and interests
Discussion of the topic that brought you to coaching or, if you’re unsure, exploration of what a relevant topic could be
Conversation about strategies that might work for you, and how you'd like to tailor them to your situation
You can make as many follow-up appointments as you’d like. Subsequent sessions are often treated as check-ins to discuss how the strategies went, including what worked and what didn’t. However, you can always make a follow-up appointment regardless of whether you implemented the strategies. We understand that building new habits is challenging, and we’re happy to discuss ways of overcoming these obstacles with you.
You can also bring up new questions and topics that we haven’t covered yet.
The LRC's Learning Support Team strives to cultivate a steadfast partnership with students to support their individualized learning and growth process, contributing to an unparalleled student experience. We do this by:
Signing up for one or more Individual Coaching sessions is easy! Just visit select one of our Senior Academic Learning Specialists then your preferred time slot based on our Learning support team availability. We keep coaching sessions to 45 minutes giving plenty of time to listen to your learning concerns, review important concepts, and address follow-up. Schedule your Individual Coaching session with the LRC today!
I am both a first-generation American, on account of my father's migration to the US from Mexico, and Hispano because of my Indigenous/Spanish ancestry in the Southwest. I work with students individually and in group settings to help them discover what drives their academic choices, and how to best navigate some of the nuances that come with university life.
I'm from Smith River, California and have been in Colorado with CU Denver since 2015. I'm one of the learning specialists and work directly with students for individual coaching sessions as well as group learning workshops. I am a first-generation student and have been in education for over 30 years as a secondary English teacher, admissions director, and now a learning specialist for the LRC.