Arts Peer Academic Coaches

***APAC is now closed for exams, and will reopen on Monday January 6th 2020***

Drop-in Coaching

Open to students in all year levels

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.

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; 12pm-4pm Mondays & Wednesdays, 12pm-5pm Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout the term.

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.

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.

Contact sdarts.coop@ubc.ca

Aspire Academic Mentorship Program

Open to first-year students

The Aspire program connects first-year students with an upper-year Arts Peer Academic Coach. The program begins with a launch event, followed by three meetings with a coach of your choice throughout first term.

Conversations with a coach will cover the following topics;

  • Study strategies
  • Time management techniques
  • Ways to approach academic tasks
  • Campus involvement opportunities

At the end of the program, participants will receive a completion certificate, and will feel more confident in their learning strategies for the university context. This program is free, and open to undergraduate Arts students who are beginning their studies in September 2019.

Students register their interest for the Aspire program between May and mid September as they commence their studies. Participants accepted into the program attend the launch event on Thursday, September 19, which provides an opportunity to network with other first-year students and meet all of the Arts Peer Academic Coaches. At this event, participants will submit preferences for a coach they would like to be paired with. The coach and the participant will connect via email to arrange their first meeting within two weeks following the event. All conversations will take place in the coaching corner in Buchanan D140.

Creating social connections within an academic community is a proven element of success at university. All of the Arts Peer Academic Coaches have grown to be successful learners at UBC, and have insight into the transition you are about to make. Through regular conversations, Aspire can help you discover more about yourself as a learner, and introduce you to new learning strategies relevant to university academic tasks.

Applications for the 2019 Aspire Program have now closed. If you would like to be paired with a coach, please contact sdarts.coop@ubc.ca

Contact sdarts.coop@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? New Delhi, India
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Enthusiastic, Responsible, Eager to Learn
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I have been involved as an Orientation leader, Summer Program Residence Mentor and Reading Week Student Leader. Moreover, I have also been a Research Assistant for a Professor at the Vancouver School of Economics and conducted an independent consulting project for UBC Campus & Community Planning regarding a Subsidized Transit Pass Program for Faculty and Staff at UBC. I’m part of the Work learn program and a co-op student. I’m also a member of the international competitive dance team – UBC Junoon.
  • WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? The libraries and the study spaces in the Iona building.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Refer to past exams, make notes and use flashcards to understand the concepts. Revise a couple of times to make sure you feel confident with all the material.
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? Get involved in more activities and take things as they come by.
  • FUN FACT: I am part of the Bachelor of International Economics program!
  • WHERE IS HOME? Hong Kong
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Bubbly, Friendly, Responsible
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Kappa Psi
  • WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? The Walter C. Koerner Library.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? I do practice questions during the term and highlight the ones I struggle with. When exams are approaching, I focus on revising the underlying topics of those questions first, then redo all the practice questions to make sure I understand all the concepts covered in the course.
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I did not want to have super early or super late classes, so I tried to pack the classes together. However, I ended up panicking and being "hangry" since my back to back classes were located far away from each other, and I did not have enough time to eat. If I could travel back in time, I would definitely make sure there are sufficient breaks in my timetable between classes so I can get to class on time and have time to eat.
  • FUN FACT; I am part of the Bachelor of International Economics program!
  • WHERE IS HOME? Taipei, Taiwan
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Hardworking, Optimistic, Creative
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I’ve worked with Pathways to Education, UBC Equity Ambassadors, one of the research labs in the Department of Psychology, and Kids Help Phone. I’ve also founded the AMS Latter-Day Saints Club at UBC late 2018.
  • WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? I love to study at the IKB Chapman Learning Commons and the Life Sciences Institute.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? I go over my notes and write down the main concepts in a separate notebook. This helps me revise what I’ve learned and identify which concepts I need to spend more time on. More importantly, I always make sure to get a good night sleep the day before an exam.
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would make sure to check the course locations before registering my courses. Running from Buchanan D to CIRS in 10 mins for a year was not fun.
  • FUN FACT; I participated in the Co-ordinated Arts Program (CAP), and I'm part of the B + MM program!
  • 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 two years at UBC, I volunteered for UBC Trek and worked with Frontier College, while also working as a student assistant for UBC Asian Library through the Work Learn program. Currently, I serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the English Department's undergraduate literary journal, The Garden Statuary, the Honours Representative for the English Students' Association, a Discussion Facilitator for the Humanities 101 program, and an Action Ambassador for UBC ORICE. 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.
  • FUN FACT; I participated in the Arts One program!
  • WHERE IS HOME? Seoul, South Korea
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Empathetic, Friendly, Hardworking
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I have been involved with the Arts Undergraduate Society, UBC Peer Programs (Reading Week Student Leader), UBC Orientations, and Work Learn.
  • WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? I love studying in the Ridington Room or the Chapman Learning Commons in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. I find myself focusing better in a quiet atmosphere with comfortable couches. I also enjoy studying at the Blue Chip Café in the Nest with their coffee and baked goods.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Depending on the subject, I like creating mind maps, organizing key points, and teaching the material to someone else. I try to give myself at least 4 days for a midterm and a week for a final to study and record my progress in my planner.
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would try to be more involved with extracurricular activities and be more connected with other students on campus.
  • FUN FACT; I participated in the Arts One program!
  • WHERE IS HOME? China
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Optimistic, Friendly, Hardworking
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I currently have an internship at the Canadian Red Cross as a Client Service Assistant. I have also volunteered in a few community activities related to family and local agriculture in my past three years in UBC.
  • WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? Definitely the second floor of David Lam Library! I enjoy the quietness and the view through the window so much. Studying becomes a pleasure do there.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? I personally feel a daily review is the best way to prepare for exams because it helps familiarize course content and make me less panicked before the exams. If study time is limited at exam period, forming study group is another way to study efficiently, especially when you are teaching each other.
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would make full use of the abundant resources on the campus such as going to the gym and aquatic centre more frequently, going to Centre for Scholarly Writing and Communication before submitting essays and going to TA and professor’s office hours. At UBC, there are so many resources worth exploring.
  • WHERE IS HOME? Toronto, Canada
  • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Adventurous, Passionate, Kind
  • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I’m currently involved as a student staff member for UBC Recreation Intramurals and as a Sustainability Ambassador. I’ve been a member of Young Women in Business (YWiB) UBC and was an Imagine Day orientation leader. I have also completed an internship with a non-profit through the Arts Internship Program and recently went on a Go Global exchange!
  • WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? The Aquatic Centre is nice and warm for winter study sessions, and the lower floors of Koerner are good when you need somewhere quiet to focus.
  • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Make a study schedule well in advance, try to be realistic about how much you can accomplish in one day or study session, and stick to it.
  • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I moved from Ontario to attend UBC, and I wish I had spent more time exploring Vancouver and what the city and surrounding areas have to offer. School can feel all-consuming, and it’s important to remember there are many new experiences and discoveries to be had away from campus too!
     

    • WHERE IS HOME? Vancouver and Taipei
    • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Hardworking, Passionate, Friendly
    • WHICH EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I am currently working as a researcher at one of the labs in the Psychology Department. I’ve also worked with UBC Access and Diversity, UBC Arts Internship Program, and with Orientations. Outside of campus, I am involved with my local church (worship and youth ministries).
    • WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? I love to study at the Irving K Barber Learning Centre or the Walter C. Koerner Library on campus. I also like to study in empty classrooms in one of the Buchanan buildings or West Mall Swing Space.
    • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Before the exam, I combine notes from lectures, textbooks and other resources into a concise study guide, and review a section of the guide each day until the exam day. I have also found self-testing to be extremely helpful, as it requires me to actively recall what I have learned from the course and allows me to note down the areas that I need to focus on.
    • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would try to be more involved with extracurricular activities and less stressed about exams and studying!
    • 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.
    • FUN FACT; I participated in the Arts One program!
    • 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!!
    • FUN FACT; I participated in the Co-ordinated Arts Program (CAP)!
    • WHERE IS HOME? Kolkata, India
    • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Sincere, Responsible, Affectionate
    • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I am the Mentorship Committee Director of UBC HOPE and I started off in the club as a Mentor Recruiter and Organiser. I have been involved as the Communications Coordinator of UBC Mental Health Awareness Club. I was a JumpStart Orientation Leader last year as well which was a really enriching experience!
    • WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? Irving K.Barber Learning Centre, I usually prefer quiet places so it is my go-to spot always even though I struggle to find one during peak times.
    • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE?Lots of study questions to constantly review the material rather than memorising everything because it helps to clear out specific doubts and also helps you to study better.
    • IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? Be more confident and speak up when I encountered a lot of hurdles. I wish I went out of my comfort zone and was receptive to new experiences.
    • WHERE IS HOME? Spain
    • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Passionate, Opinionated, Empathetic
    • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I’ve volunteered with the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) Healthier Masculinities team in 2016 and am currently collaborating with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) on their 2020 Sexual Assault Awareness Month and student outreach initiatives. I’ve also worked as a Jump Start and Imagine Day Orientation Leader and First Year Experience Student Coordinator. In 2018, I was a volunteer for UBC Welcomes You, a one-day event for prospective Canadian first-year students. This year, I’m trying to get more involved in the broader Vancouver community. I am trying to get involved with the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA), and organizations in the Downtown Eastside.
    • WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? My favourite place to study on campus is the Nest.
    • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Flashcards. They help so much! Flashcards are my favorite way to study; it breaks the big concepts down into easy-to-digest parts and getting a flashcard right feels like a great accomplishment!
    •  IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would tell myself to be me. I was very shy in first year; if I could re-do it, I would be more confident in myself, my identity, and how I express my personality. 
    • WHERE IS HOME?Cherkasy, Ukraine
    • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU? Ambitious, Brave, Creative
    • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? One of my passions is volunteering, therefore I have volunteered for Congress 2019, UBC Reading Week, Vancouver Sun Run 2019 and other events. I strongly believe that such grassroots changes can contribute to making the whole world better.
    • WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? I prefer empty classrooms with great views from the windows, which helps me both to focus on studying and relax when necessary.
    • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? My best exam preparation advice is doing activities which support a deep understanding of the course material. I would strongly suggest this to students who dislike pure recalling or have difficulties with memorization techniques.
    •  IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? If I had such an opportunity, I would definitely join a club or even two! In my opinion, social interactions for first-year students are an essential and valuable part of university life.
    • FUN FACT: I participated in Vantage College! 
    • WHERE IS HOME? Vancouver
    • WHAT THREE ADJECTIVES BEST DESCRIBE YOU?Persistent, Empathetic, Thoughtful
    • WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? I’ve been involved with a lot on and off campus. Most notably, I was a Peer Mentor for the CAP program for two years. I was also an Orientation Leader in my second year. I also play table-top roleplaying games, make crafts, and attend a variety of academic conferences and events.
    • WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO STUDY ON CAMPUS? My favourite place to study is probably either the basement floor of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, or JJ Bean. Outlets galore!
    • WHAT IS YOUR BEST EXAM PREP TECHNIQUE? Getting together with classmates and teaching each other material to fill in gaps and figure out (as a group) what exam topics or questions might come up!
    •  IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO YOUR FIRST YEAR, WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY? I would have sought counselling help earlier. I had struggled with my mental health in first year but was in denial about my ability to handle things on my own. Since then, I’ve reached out for help and have created a supportive network.
    • FUN FACT: I participated in the Co-Ordinated Arts Program (CAP)!