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Embedded Coaching FAQ


What is Embedded Coaching?

Embedded Coaching (EC) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted, collaborated learning sessions to enhance student understanding of course concepts and material. During EC sessions students have an opportunity to students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational skills, and take mock exams. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working in a small group environment.

The Embedded Coaching Program is a popular source of academic support because the sessions provide a relaxed atmosphere in which to learn. Students can come and go anytime during the session, and the small group setting provides a more comfortable environment for taking risks when asking questions and working toward finding answers. 

Who is an Embedded Coach?

An Embedded Coach is someone who has who have successfully completed the course, with a B or better, prior to becoming a coach. 

Embedded Coaches conduct study sessions which provide students with additional support when processing course content delivered in class. Embedded Coaches attend a minimum of twelve required trainings each school year. Training covers topics such as how students learn, collaborative learning techniques, instructional strategies aimed at strengthening student academic performance, group facilitation techniques, time management, data collection/analysis, and team building.

What is in it for the student?

Students who attend EC sessions regularly often earn a higher course grade than students who do not attend sessions. By attending EC sessions, students develop a better understanding of course content.  Overall, students build their self-efficacy and metacognitive skills; thus, they strengthen their ability to succeed in all of their courses.


What are the differences between EC and other forms of tutoring or academic support?

Tutoring sessions

EC Sessions

Tutor leads discussions/examples

Leader begins discussions or examples but hands over duties to students

Tutor writes on board and demonstrates examples

Students write on board and leader sits backs and checks for understanding

Tutor tends to do most of the work and students watch

Students do much of the work and Leader watches

Usually one group or one-on-one where tutor helps students

Usually many small groups (pairs) that collaborate and help each other

Students engage with tutor

Students engage with each other



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