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Academic Success Coaching

What is a coach?

A coach is an expert who observes a learner carefully, notes strengths and weaknesses, and uses their supportive and trusting relationship with the learner to offer specific guidance on improvements. 
 
Academic Success Coaches serve exactly that purpose on our campus for our students. Academic success does not depend on talent. Rather, it is a skill that takes practice in order to perfect. We strive to help all students “go pro” as collegiate scholars! 
 
We are well trained and educated individuals who are dedicated to assisting our students in pursuing a college degree and setting a pathway toward a successful and rewarding life beyond IU Kokomo. We support first-year students, transfer students, returning adult students and any student facing academic or personal challenges who may benefit from our services. We do this by meeting individually with students at times convenient to them; connecting students with campus resources, and teaching skills such as time management and effective study habits. 

If you would like a Coach, simply contact your Academic Advisor and inform them of your interest. Our services are FREE and here for you!

Our academic success coaches

Carole Ogle

Carole Ogle

Carole began her college experience as a traditional-aged student, re-entered as the mother of a young baby – three different times – and finally completed her degree as a grandmother. Along the way, she learned time management and prioritization skills which led to college success. Carole is eager to assist students in overcoming obstacles so that earning a college degree can become a reality.

 

Kent Kauffman

Kent Kauffman

With a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa, Kent became a writer, film producer, strategist, and creative director. He worked at large agencies like Leo Burnett Co. and small businesses like Kauffycan, his own consulting firm.  He mentored many young marketing and creative people, as well as taught high school communications classes. He has three grown children, all of whom have earned an IU degree.


Tamara Shane

Tamara Shane

Tammy graduated from IU Kokomo with a double major in Business Administration and Accounting. She knows the adjustment to a new environment and a university culture can sometimes be intimidating and overwhelming. Students may also lack skills in time management, organization, and prioritizing. She helps students identify their obstacles and develop strategies to become successful college graduates.


Veronica Armstrong

Veronica Armstrong

Veronica Armstrong is a native Detroiter, a veteran educator, and single parent to Terrence. She received an Associates from Selma University, Selma, AL; a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Central State University; and a Master's (Curriculum & Instruction/Computer Education) from the University of Phoenix, where she is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction. Her path in education has been curvy, yielding varied experiences to include teaching in elementary education as well as a HIPPY parent educator. She looks forward to using these experiences in advising students and guiding them toward success.

Student Testimonials

Success coaching gives me a secondary motivator and has been able to open my eyes to my full potential, academically and personally.

It didn’t seem like I had time for anything, including homework. I began meeting with my Success Coach and worked on a time management plan. It’s crazy how something so simple can be so effective. I still meet regularly with my Coach, just so I can hold myself accountable.

I was very stressed out about an almost failing grade in my anatomy class. I met with my Success Coach, and she helped me develop a plan, which included adjusting my study habits, utilizing the lab, and connecting me with an anatomy tutor. She has also suggested I partner with fellow students for study sessions. I finished the class with a C+.

I have a 3.5 GPA, and I meet with my Success Coach regularly for preventative maintenance. I realize that I am responsible for my educational success, and I don’t want to wait until things begin to go south before I reach out for assistance. Success Coaches are sort of like having a resource in your back pocket, just in case you need it.

Last updated: 09/14/2018