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Peer Academic Success Coach Application Information
Applications for fall 2018 positions will be available in the middle of the spring 18 semester.

About the Position:

Peer Academic Success Coaches (PASCs) are passionate about helping fellow students develop the skills necessary to be successful at Stony Brook University. Essentially, they are tutors, not for specific courses, but for academic success strategies and behaviors. PASCs are current students who demonstrate a mastery of the holistic elements of their academic careers, such as time management, prioritizing, effective study strategies, note taking, goal setting, test-taking, motivation, managing test anxiety, and using campus resources. PASCs are trained by the ASTC, on an on-going basis, to identify barriers to academic success and to assist students in creating action plans for overcoming those challenges.

Qualifications:

Students interested in applying to be a Peer Academic Success Coach must:

  • be an undergraduate student who has been at SBU for at least 2 semesters
    (You can apply while still in your second semester at Stony Brook)
  • be willing to commit to a 1 semester internship
    (Many students are offered the option to continue in the position into future semesters for pay or credit)
  • be able to register for a 2-credit EXT 288/488 internship OR be willing to volunteer
  • be able to dedicate 8 hours per week to this position
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • be able to demonstrate a mastery of the holistic elements of academia, such as time management, prioritizing, effective study strategies, note taking, goal setting, test-taking, motivation, managing test anxiety, and using campus resources
  • be in good academic and judicial standing at Stony Brook University
  • be able to secure TWO recommendation forms from faculty, professional staff members, advisors, or supervisors
  • have the desire to assist other students with identifying and overcoming barriers to their academic success
  • possess a positive attitude and passion for helping others
  • be willing to work both individually and as a part of a diverse team
  • be available to attend the following:
    • Weekly training (days/times to be determined)
    • Biweekly reflection meetings (days/times to be determined)
    • PASC Retreat on a Saturday near the beginning of the semester (date/time to be determined)

What You'll Learn as a Peer Academic Success Coach:

Students who participate in this internship opportunity will be able to:

  • work one-on-one with students to identify barriers to academic success
  • assess students' current practices and make suggestions for improvement
  • provide personalized support to peers who are seeking assistance
  • utilize and interpret various assessment tools
  • demonstrate effective academic success strategies
  • recognize and imitate proper workplace etiquette

 

Please check back in March/April 2018 for the application to become a PASC for the fall 2018 semester.

 

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