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Student Academic Resource Center

Are you having a challenging semester?
Do you procrastinate and/or want to manage your time better?
Do you struggle with memorizing or understanding concepts?
Are you having trouble staying motivated?
Do you read textbooks and not remember/understand anything?
Are you studying days in advance for hours but not getting the results you want?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then consider participating in the ACE program! We are here to help fellow knights up their academic game!

Whether you are a freshman or a senior everyone needs a little help here and there. Each semester brings new classes and new instructors with new teaching methods, which calls for new skills and strategies for success.

The ACE Program facilitates academic success among UCF students by providing FREE one-on-one, ongoing peer coaching. In addition to helping students develop new strategies and skills applicable to school and life, coaches also guide participants to take advantage of other academic resources and opportunities available on campus.

Our Academic Coaches are UCF students with 3.0 or higher UCF GPA. They have received intensive training as well as learned from their own experiences! Coaches are available to meet with you regularly throughout the semester to provide them the opportunity to check in on your progress, as well as help keep you accountable for the goals and action plans devised in previous sessions.

Sessions begin with your coach helping you assess your strengths as well as areas for growth, followed by a collaborative effort to develop academic strategies personalized to your classes and learning style. Students lead the sessions, thus the topic of focus is up to you and your needs. However…

Common topics discussed in an Academic Coaching session include:

  • Time Management & Organizational Skills
  • Study Skills & Test Prep
  • Textbook Reading & Note Taking
  • Stress Management & Overall Wellness
  • Motivation & Goal Setting
  • Campus Resources & Opportunities
*Please Note: Academic Coaching is not tutoring; coaches cannot provide subject-specific assistance.

So, what can YOU gain from the ACE Program?

  • Support as well as a connection to UCF
  • Effective time management skills to help decrease stress & increase productivity
  • Efficient study skills and practices proven to work
  • Motivation and accountability to keep you on track with your goals
  • And scholarship opportunities!

Scholarship Opportunities

UCF Students who participate in the ACE program and other campus resources may be eligible for scholarship opportunities. Please download the ACE Program Scholarship Information Packet to learn more about the scholarship opportunities for Fall 2018 program participants.

Schedule an Appointment

The ACE Program is open to all students currently enrolled at UCF. Some students may be required to participate in the ACE Program, whereas others join voluntarily. All students are welcome to request an appointment with an Academic Coach; however, priority will be given to those mandated to participate. Voluntary students will be scheduled as space is available. If you are interested in participating in the ACE program and would like to schedule your first session (45–60 minutes) with an Academic Coach please complete the ACE Appointment form online here and be sure to include your availability. An ACE Staff member will follow up with you within 1–2 business days via email to confirm your appointment time. Be sure to add the email address to your knights email account to ensure the confirmation is delivered to your email inbox.

NOTE: If you need to reschedule or cancel a previously scheduled appointment please use the same ACE Appointment form linked above. It is also recommended that you email your coach if you cannot attend an upcoming appointment so he/she is aware and can update their schedule.

Online Students: Online students are welcome to come to the main campus for their sessions; however, the ACE program can also provide online coaching to any student fully enrolled online and unable to come to the Orlando campus. When completing the ACE Appointment form (link above) please indicate if you need an online session in the section where you provide your availability.

How do I get the most out of Academic Coaching?

  • Prior to your first Academic Coaching session, complete the College-Level Study Skills Self-Assessment online here

    (Please Note: The assessment will ask which coach you have been scheduled with. Therefore, please complete this after you receive an appointment confirmation so you may select the correct coach to receive your results.)

  • Arrive on time to all your appointments
  • Bring your course materials to your appointments
  • Bring a positive attitude and an open mind with you
  • Be open and honest with your coach
  • Be engaged in each of your sessions
  • Apply new strategies and work toward your goals between sessions

Ethan Uhlig

Major: Philosophy and Computer Science
Year: Junior
Campus Involvement: UCF Speech & Debate
Career Aspirations: Research, particularly in machine learning. I would like to get a Ph.D. and become a professor someday.
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: Reading (particularly politics and philosophy), baking, and gaming!
Favorite UCF Memory (so far): Being able to go on stage and accept the first place debate trophy on behalf of the entire UCF team at last year's state tournament.
Favorite Quote: "In fact, the world needs more nerds." —Ben Bernanke

Sonny Halpin

Major: Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy
Year: 1st Year Graduate Student
Campus Involvement: former TRiO Academic Coach
Career Aspirations: Work with families in transition, earn a PhD, and teach at the university level
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: Reading, cooking, painting, and playing board games
Favorite UCF Memory (so far): All of my lunches by the reflection pond
Favorite Quote: “We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.” - Madeleine L’Engle

Olivia Colbert

Major: Health Science Pre-Clinical
Year: Senior
Campus Involvement: Orientation Team Leader and Peer Mentor for Access Program
Career Aspirations: Physician Assistant
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: In my spare time, I enjoy attending the gym, visiting the Orlando amusement parks, skydiving, and watching Game of Thrones.
Favorite UCF Memory: My favorite UCF memory is attending the NODA Region VI Conference at Georgia Southern University, with fellow Orientation Leaders.
Favorite Quote: “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”

Ryan Parente

Major: Nanotechnology
Year: 1st Year Graduate Student – Nanotechnology MS
Campus Involvement: Graduate Program
Career Aspirations: Work and perform research in the biomedical-industrial complex
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: Reading, listening to WUCF, playing classical guitar, and brewing cups of coffee
Favorite UCF Memory: Watching fireworks from the top of the Libra Parking Garage
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don't mean.” - Bob Dylan

Lietsel Richardson

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Year: Graduate Student
Campus Involvement: Peer Tutor, Graduate Assistant, Research
Career Aspirations: obtain a PhD in the major, and start a non-profit after retirement to provide STEM exposure to young women and girls globally.
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: yoga, volunteering, having tea & reading with significant other, spending time with daughter (who is a cat), watching surgical videos & The Office
Favorite UCF Memory (so far): I have far too many amazing memories to count, but I do hold the relationships I’ve built quite dear.
Favorite Quote: “Why would anybody eat anything besides breakfast food?” – Leslie Knope

Alanna Raffaelli

Major: Biomedical Engineering - Biomechanics
Year: 2nd Year Graduate Student
Campus Involvement: SI Leader, Graduate Assistant, Research
Career Aspirations: to get industry experience in applied biomechanics, get a PhD in the major, and one day teach and research at the university level
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: running, spending time with her fiancé, playing video games, reading, cooking, watching Netflix, and taking naps
Favorite UCF Memory (so far): Relaxing in a hammock by memory mall with my fiancé after a long day
Favorite Quote: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Contact Brandy Espinosa
Phone 407-823-5130
Location Trevor Colbourn Hall 117

ACE Student Referral Form

If there is an undergraduate student currently enrolled at UCF that you believe would benefit from the ACE program, please complete the ACE Student Referral Form online here.

Group Academic Coaching Session Request

If you are interested in having SARC staff host an Academic Coaching session for a small group (5–10 individuals) you may complete the Group Academic Coaching Request online here. Requests can be made from staff, faculty, or students who want assistance with a similar topic. Requests will be accommodated as availability permits.

Student Testimonials

“The ACE program as a whole helped me realize my potential as a Knight… if it weren’t for my ACE coaching sessions, I would have never acquired the skills needed to live up to my fullest potential.”

“I sincerely enjoyed the ability to be a part of the program. I felt it influenced me very positively and definitely made me motivated to make both my coach and myself happy.”

“If it weren't for the ACE program along with my ACE coach, I don't know how I would've found the motivation to get myself out of academic probation. I am so grateful to have been put into this wonderful program. Thank you to you and your team for showing me what I am truly capable of achieving and for giving me hope!”