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Defining Success Coaching



Success coaching is defined as:

the individualized practice of asking reflective, motivation-based questions, providing opportunities for formal self-assessment, sharing effective strategies, and co-creating a tangible academic plan. The coaching process offers students an opportunity to identify their strengths, actively practice new skills, and effectively navigate appropriate resources. This process ultimately results in skill development, performance improvement, and increased persistence. (Robinson, 2015)

What Makes Success Coaching Distinct?

UC San Diego's success coaching program is different from other types of student support — what makes coaching distinct from these other roles?

  • Success Coaching: Coaching is a thought-provoking creative process that inspires students to maximize their personal and professional potential. It recognizes the agency of the student, and focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes, and managing personal change.

  • Mentoring: A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on their own experiences.

  • Therapy: In therapy, the focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present.

Source: International Coaching Federation