Arts Peer Academic Coaches


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month’s focus ~ how to unpack a syllabus.

 

What does APAC do?

Meeting with an Arts Peer Academic Coach (APAC) is a great way to keep motivated throughout the term and discover more about yourself as a learner. The APAC coaches help students improve their learning experience through one-on-one coaching conversations on academic related skills and tasks. Talking with a coach can help you engage with the next steps of your task or get help with that obstacle that’s holding you back.

Are you feeling a little stuck and unsure how to proceed? Are you looking for more effective ways to revise for exams? Meet with a coach to discuss study strategies, prioritizing and time or even to walk through an academic task together.

Coaches can also talk to you about your experience as a student holistically, and recommend ways to get involved. Getting involved in your campus community is a great way to enhance your learning experience.

Ways to get in contact with APAC

APAC’s coaching hours are hosted in the Meekison Arts Student Space in Buchanan D140 (down the hall from Arts Academic Advising). There are two ways to meet with a coach:

  • Drop-in hours. Come by the space between 12pm-4pm Mondays & Wednesdays, 1pm-4pm Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout the term.
  • Book an appointment in advance.

Great news – peer coaching is free! Come on your own, or bring a friend. Come by once, or several times to meet some of the different coaches on the team.

What should I expect?

Each coaching conversation is different as it is tailored to the needs and goals of the individual student. The coach will be friendly, compassionate, and non-judgmental, and will ask questions to identify the root cause of an obstacle or your goals for the appointment. You can expect to do most of the talking! Together with your coach, you might create an action plan or walk away with resources to support the strategies discussed during the appointment.

Questions? Contact Olivia Jenkinson, Student Engagement Officer (Arts) at the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers: olivia.jenkinson@ubc.ca.

Meet your coaches

The APAC coaches are a group of upper-year students who know what it’s like to learn and study in the Faculty of Arts at UBC. They are all volunteers who study in a variety of different departments and share a common goal of seeing other students succeed. Coaches are trained in self-regulated learning techniques to support student self-reflection and growth. APAC coaches grew to become academically successful by overcoming their own obstacles as students. They can relate to student experiences and provide you with strategies to improve your academic experience.

  • WHERE IS HOME? Toronto, ON
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Adventurous, organized, optimistic.
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? Volunteering and Exchange abroad, Geography Students Association (GSA)
  • WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? The Asian Centre
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Using cue cards to test myself!
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would get involved with clubs and other extra curricular activities earlier on!

  • WHERE IS HOME? Hong Kong
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Friendly, empathetic, nerdy
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? Model United Nations, debate, double bass playing, casual cat stalking
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Make colour-coded flashcards! I put a prompt (e.g. treaty name, key concept, short question) on one side and the answer on the other, and colour-code it in accordance to the question type and chapter number. I study exams that requires memorization of facts best with flashcards!
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would definitely take into account the distance between lecture halls when making a timetable with back-to-back classes in it. Running from Swing to Buchanan in ten minutes is not exactly the kind of exercise I want early in the morning!
  •  WHERE IS HOME? Surrey, BC
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Weird, passionate, emotional
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I’ve done lots of volunteering at UBC just because I came from a program in high school that really focused on giving back to the community through service. I’m currently an ambassador for AMS Events, I was a Community Engagement Ambassador with UTown two years ago, an Orientation Leader in my second year and a senior orientation leader in my third year. I will be part of the AUS as a Social Director where I bring you events such as Arts Week, CoffeehAUS, and the end of the year gala. Now in my fourth year, I am also a part of this new, exciting program APAC!
  • WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? I have several favourite places to study on campus but my library list would be: Irving K. Barber Library, Life Sciences Centre, Koerner Library, and Woodward Library. If you’re into coffee shops, I would recommend Bean Around The World (near Forest Sciences Centre), Starbucks (at the village), or even JJ Bean (very comfy upstairs – would recommend).
  • WHERE IS HOME? Vancouver and Guangzhou!
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Empathetic, committed, passionate.
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? In my first year, I volunteered as a tutor for UBC Trek and was placed with Frontier College; I continued volunteering with Frontier in my second year and completed my last term with the African Children’s Homework Club. I also worked as a student assistant for UBC Asian Library through the Work-Learn program, volunteered for the Student Leadership Conference, and worked as an editor for the English department’s undergraduate journal, The Garden Statuary. During my summers I volunteer for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival and UBC Camps.
  • WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? The upper floor carrels in UBC Asian Library are perfect for studying – the cubicles are silent and well-lit, and you can always take a nice break by walking through the forests or in the Nitobe Gardens.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? I usually start by condensing class material into a single document or notebook, which is an efficient way to comb through heavy texts without getting weighed down. I then review and revise, pinpoint the exact topics that need to be strengthened, and plan my time until the exam accordingly. This routine is really just time management, material reinforcement, and a lot of coffee.
  • WHERE IS HOME? Calgary, Alberta
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Hardworking, caring and a food lover
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? Best buddies Canada, Psychology lab RA, yoga and kickboxing!
  • WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? Either IKB, the Starbucks on Agronomy, or the Forestry Building
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would have focused less on the things that bothered me that I couldn’t control and more on the things that I could control, both in terms of stress related to academics and things outside of school.
  • WHERE IS HOME? Seoul, South Korea
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Talkative, Active and Authentic
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? Spoon University (Food blogging), Playing the drums and numerous small daily volunteering.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Plan ahead; study small but constantly everyday, do the required readings
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would join more clubs and be more active!
  • WHERE IS HOME? Metro Manila, Philippines
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Curious, Fun-loving, and Caring
  • WHICH EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I’ve been a part of AMS Events, World Vision, and the Arts Undergraduate Society. I am also a brother at Alpha Kappa Psi the professional fraternity at UBC. Back home in the Philippines, I have also worked as an intern for a residential municipal Office.
  • WHERE IS HOME? New Westminster, BC
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Motivated, Active, Methodical
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? For the past two years I have volunteered as a peer mentor for first year students, and I am excited to continue supporting my fellow students on a larger scale! I have worked at one of the psychology research labs on campus studying child development for the past year and a half. Before that I worked for UBC Athletics at Varsity Games. To stay active I have been playing basketball in the UBC Rec League since first year. When I need a break from studying, I love going for runs around campus and Greater Vancouver.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? My biggest tip would be focus testing yourself (instead of rereading). That is the best way to truly see if you understand the material. I recently discovered ANKI (a free cue card software program), and it has been super useful when I have a lot of information to memorize. If you want to learn more about how to study effectively, I would strongly recommend taking Psychology 333!
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would be less stressed about taking courses that fulfilled my desired major and minor, and instead have taken a variety of courses I am interested in. UBC has such a wide range of courses for everyone’s interests. Use your first year as an opportunity to find what you enjoy! I have changed my minor three times; so don’t worry about having it all figured out when you arrive!!
  • WHERE IS HOME?  Thailand
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Creative, sincere, open-minded
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN?Anime club executive, Tandem Language Exchange program.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Plan out a schedule for studying and try to focus on topics that are important.
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Compassionate, active, reflective
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I am an outreach coordinator with AUS Student Life, and I'm a reading week leader. Right now, I'm also a part time English tutor outside of UBC.
  • WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? I love Irving's silent room, I also recommend studying in Collegia if you are a member of one. As a commuter student, Irving is super close to the bus loop and I feel safe walking to the bus stop if I stay on campus when it is already pretty late into the night. Collegia is just filled with incredible support staff that I think every first year student would benefit from.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Start early, start early, start early. I think you get my point, but I learned this in the hard way, perhaps one too many times. I also love creating cheatsheets, it’s my way of digesting heavy course loads.
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? Be more active in the UBC community! Trying to live an academic only life is not healthy and I got really lost with my purpose at UBC. I felt really tiny and disconnected with the massive UBC institution.

  • WHERE IS HOME? India
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Caring, a passionate reader, a great listener
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? The Writing Centre and Beneath One Sky UBC Club.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Group study with lots of cross questioning and previous exam reviews.
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I think I would participate in more extracurricular activities.
  • WHERE IS HOME?  Saudi Arabia
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Independent, motivated, broad-minded
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? Saudi Arabian Students Association at UBC, AMS Refugee Relief at UBC.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Choosing the study location that assists my needs.
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would be more flexible with the meaning of success.
  • WHERE IS HOME?  Philippines
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Adventurous, compassionate, optimistic
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? UBC Splash Kids, Party Well (fundraising), Imagine Day/UBC Welcomes You, Brain Waves, Storm the Wall and Day of the Longboat.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? My best exam prep technique is to immediately create a detailed time table with goals and rewards for each day. This way you are able to easily keep track of your progress on which topics you have reviewed, along with the added bonus of well-deserved breaks, like watching a YouTube video.
  •  IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? If I had the chance to travel back in time, the one thing I would do differently is to be more curious. I would ask more questions about potential volunteering opportunities on/off campus, along with leadership positions for better campus involvement. 
  • WHERE IS HOME? Nanjing
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Positive, energetic, independent.
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I've been a member of the Academic Committee of the Psychology Students Association.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Make a task list first and then assign different tasks to each day. Track your progress.
  •  IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would participate in more activities, and talk to advisors/professors more often.