Academic Skills Coaching

Greta SimonsIn her role as Academic Skills Coach, Greta Simons works with students to develop new strategies for addressing time management, test preparation, and study skills. Greta holds an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas.

Greta's objective is to prepare students with the necessary skills to succeed at Carleton, including note-taking, increasing participation in class, avoiding procrastination, and planning for long-term assignments. She also serves as a resource and refers students to other academic support resources, such as the Speakeasy, Writing Center, Library, ITS Helpdesk, and Math Skills Center.

In addition to offering one-on-one meetings with students, Greta is available to conduct in-class presentations and workshops and campus-wide seminars; she can also arrange programs with Residential Life staff. Drawing from strategies and techniques that she has found helpful, and from an impressive array of handouts and resource guides, Greta can help develop students’ confidence and motivation to succeed.

Greta meets with students in 200 Scoville, but she is happy to meet with staff, faculty, or students elsewhere and at mutually convenient times. Her office hours are posted online or you can reach her at gsimons or x4093.

The goal of coaching time management, study, and test-preparation skills is to heighten each student's awareness of his/her personal strengths and skills. By offering one-to-one conferences, large-group workshops, and an array of handouts and web links, we hope to assist students who want to develop new or more productive ways of meeting their academic goals.

Academic Skills Coach: Greta Simons

Office Location: Scoville 200

Spring 2014 Office Hours:

  • Monday: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Greta is also available by appointment!  Just email her to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet. It is recommended that you make an appointment, as Greta is often in meetings with students during the above listed office hours.

Greta can coach you on a number of academic skills:

  • scheduling time for term-long assignments, such as research papers or labs
  • organizing busy schedules that include homework, work study, and extracurricular activities
  • improving in-class note taking and participation
  • improving study skills outside the class, including review of in-class notes and preparation for class
  • developing effective test preparation strategies

Useful Resources

A new website, which offers students stress reduction tools, is: Students need to use the password KNIGHTS.

The Cornell Method is a system and a format that builds on what is known as the 5R's of note taking. Record, Reduce, Recite, Reflect and Review. This useful website explains why and how to use the Cornell Method. Also, create your own customized Cornell notepaper. Go to the bottom of the page to insert your name, the name of the class, and the date of the class on your notepaper. You can also choose from ruled, graph paper, or blank (we suggest ruled), and whether or not you want it to include places for three-ring binder holes!

The University of Texas at Austin's Learning Center offers an impressive array of online handouts, covering everything from study strategies and related issues (motivation, time management, overcoming procrastination, how to read a textbook, improving concentration, effective listening and note taking, test taking, and overcoming test anxiety) to taking tests in the sciences, reducing stress, and final-exam survival techniques.

Dartmouth College: Learn proven techniques and strategies for improving academic learning. These four videotapes will help college and university students get the most out of their academic experience. Developed by learning professionals in the Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth College, and produced by the College's Instructional Services video staff, the videos cover time management, notetaking, stress management, reading improvement, and strategic learning.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Time Management and Organization online learning modules.

VARK: The online questionnaire alerts people to the variety of different approaches to learning. It also supports those who have been having difficulties with their learning. Teachers, trainers and coaches who would like to develop additional learning strategies can also benefit from using VARK.