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Student Academic Resource Center

The Academic Coaching and Engagement (ACE) Program facilitates academic success among undergraduates by providing FREE one-on-one, ongoing peer coaching. Academic coaches help program participants develop important academic and life skills such as organization, time management, goal setting and study skills, which are necessary to ensure satisfactory academic progress. Coaches also guide participants to take advantage of the academic resources such as tutoring, supplemental instructions and learning consultations, which are also provided by the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC). In addition, coaches will encourage the full use of academic support provided through various offices that comprise the Knights Academic Resource Services (KARS).

Our Academic Coaches are students who have been at UCF for at least one academic year and have a 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 students 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. Whether you are a freshmen or a senior everyone needs a little help here and there. Each semester brings new classes and new instructors with new teaching methods, which call for new skills and strategies for success. Let us help you conquer the new semester!

Schedule an Appointment

All UCF students are welcome to make an appointment with an Academic Coach and meet as frequently as twice per month. If you are interested in participating in the ACE program and would like to schedule your first session with an Academic Coach please complete the ACE Appointment form online and be sure to include your availability. An ACE Staff member will follow up with you within 1-2 business days to confirm your appointment time.

NOTE: If you need to reschedule or cancel a previously scheduled appointment please use the same ACE Appointment form linked above.

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Ileana Garcia

Major: Elementary Education
Year: Senior
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant, RHA, VUCF, Knight-Thon, SGA Judicial Branch, Late Knights
Career Aspirations: Work for a housing department at another university
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: Going to Disney, working out, trying new restaurants in Orlando
Favorite UCF Memory (so far): Going to student night for Light Up UCF and ice skating!
Favorite Quote: "Adults are just outdated children" - Dr. Suess

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Melissa Siwarski

Major: English Language Arts Education
Year: Junior
Campus Involvement: N/A
Career Aspirations: I would love to see myself teaching in a middle school environment for about twenty years. After those twenty years I would like to be a professor at a college level.
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: Anything outdoors: Kayaking, Hiking, and walking my Pup
Favorite UCF Memory (so far): My absolute favorite memory at UCF was at orientation when I had a moment of belonging and it was that moment I knew UCF was my new home.
Favorite Quote: "I have found that if you love life, life will love you back."

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Maria Spinetti

Major: Early Childhood Education
Year: Junior
Campus Involvement: Venezuelan Student Association and Physical Science SI Leader.
Career Aspirations: work in education reform.
Favorite Hobbies/Pastimes: I love lettering, playing golf, reading and watching any police TV show.
Favorite UCF Memory: watching the UCF basketball team win against USF my first week of classes.
Favorite Quote: “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai

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Ethan Uhlig

Major: Mathematics
Year: Sophomore
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