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Disability Resource Center

What is Academic Coaching?

Academic Coaching serves to increase academic success and persistence as students complete their coursework and move toward educational goal.

Our Academic Coaches have a background in Counseling and Education and are professional staff members or established graduate students. They are a part of a team including Academic Counselors and Disability Specialists, who are all invested in student success.  

Academic Coaching services are available to students who are registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) or the Veterans Resource Center (VRC). Coaching is an Accommodation that is assigned by an Academic Counselor, in the initial Intake meeting.

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Academic Coaches will work with students with disabilities on a one-to-one basis and also offer a series of workshops in the following areas:

  • Time management
  • Self-advocacy
  • Short and long term planning
  • Note-taking and study skills
  • Organization
  • Test preparation
  • Reduction of test anxiety
  • Utilization of technology
  • Stress reduction
  • School, life and work balance

Is it Tutoring? 

Academic Coaches do not tutor students in course content. However, an Academic Coach can refer to appropriate tutoring services as needed. Coaches will assist students in clarifying assignments and developing an action plan for success and completion.  

Is it Counseling? 

Academic Coaches do not prepare Educational Plans, select courses for students or set up accommodations. These are the tasks of the Academic Counselors. Coaches assist with booking testing accommodations, registration, Canvas navigation and offer overviews of services and resources on campus. 

Foothill’s Academic Coaches maintain confidentiality and have an understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, disability and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff. 

If you are interested in discussing  coaching or meeting with a coach, talk with your Academic Counselor. To schedule an appointment  please call the DRC at (650) 949-7017 or email us at


Student Resources

Workshop Materials/Forms

Throughout the school year, our academic coaches host workshops ranging from test taking strategies to time management. Below are resources from these workshops that are free for all students to view and share.

  • Time Log: Instructions on how to manage your time and schedule out your week.

Success Blogs

To further facilitate student educational success and empowerment, over the years our Foothill Academic Coaches have created several blogs which will be available to all interested Foothill students. 

These blogs include useful academic tips and techniques, shared session vignettes and offer helpful take-a-ways from student sessions and workshops.  We hope these blog will add to your student's academic success and make your college learning experience more enjoyable.

2017 Blog Spot


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Fall Hours

Oct. 9– Dec. 15

  • Monday–Thursday:
    8 a.m.–5 p.m. (In Person)
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–3 p.m. (Virtual Only)

Winter Recess Hours

Dec. 18 – Dec. 21

  • Mon – Tues.:
    8 a.m. –5 p.m. (In Person)
  • Wed. – Thurs.:
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Virtual Only)

Jan. 2 – Jan. 5

  • Mon. – Thurs.:
    8 a.m. –5 p.m. (In Person)
  • Fri. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Virtual Only)

Winter Hours

Jan. 8 – Jan. 12

  • Mon. – Thurs.:
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (In Person)
  • Fri. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Virtual Only)

Jan. 16 – Jan. 19

  • Mon. – Thurs.:
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (In Person)
  • Fri. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Virtual Only)

Jan. 22 – Mar. 29

  • Mon. – Thurs.
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.(In Person)
  • Fri. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.(Virtual Only)


  • Nov. 23: Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 24: Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 22: Christmas Eve
  • Dec.25: Christmas Day
  • Dec.26: Day After Christmas
  • Dec. 27: December Holiday #1
  • Dec.28: December Holiday #2
  • Dec.29: New Year’s Eve
  • Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
  • Jan. 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 16: Lincoln’s Day
  • Feb. 19: Washington’s Day