Is your student ready for the college experience?  The first year of college is a struggle for more students than anyone expects.  Sometimes it’s related to academics and other times because a student is overwhelmed with the transition into college life.  Either way, there are outstanding resources available to help struggling students succeed. Everyone has heard of an academic tutor, but have you heard of an academic coach?  Sometimes the titles can be used interchangeably, but they are actually two very different approaches to student support.  We’ve outline the differences below.



Tutors tend to focus on helping students with subject content. For example a math tutor may help a student prepare for an upcoming math exam.  

Coaches focus on equipping students with skills that can be applied across their curriculum such as note-taking and test-taking techniques, effective studying methods, and tools for time management.

Tutors are often used on an as-needed basis, when a student needs help with a specific course or subject matter.

Coaches build relationships with students and are meant to be a trusted long-term resource for all things related to transitioning to college life.

A tutor has no expectations of the student beyond the work for each session.

An academic coach will require the completion of specific readings and exercises outside of each session. This promotes personal and academic growth in the student.

A tutor responds to the needs of the student

A coach anticipates the needs of student

There's no official credential needed to become a tutor.  

The academic coaches at ACS are life-long educators who have pursued a career in higher education or personal development.  


Our coaches are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience that is custom-tailored to the individual needs of your student.

What People Say

We love helping students maximize their potential. Check out what they say about their experience with ACS.



” The program has geared me up for success not only in the classroom but also in life. Having a dedicated plan day in and day out has helped me achieve so much. With the help and guidance from ACS, I was able to graduate college (which I never thought could happen) and have helped me land my dream job right out of college! Thank you ACS!! “


Joe D.

” I was able to improve my test scores, improve my overall grades and even make dean’s list. I also gained a new mentor, coach, and friend. I am using the skills I learned through ACS daily in my career such as planning, focusing, and prioritizing my tasks each day. “


Carolina B.

” I struggle with time management and I have learned that I need accountability to finish and reach my goals. Having someone who cares about my success, offering tools and strategies to get there, has been crucial for my professional and personal development. I am so grateful for this support from ACS in this journey. “