Student Success Coaching

COVID-19 UPDATE: Virtual Success Coaching is available. 

The Office for Student Success cares about the health of our community. As a way to increase precautionary health measures, Student Success Coaching will be operating virtually until further notice. Scroll down to learn how to connect to a coach!

What is the Student Success Coaching Program?

The Student Success Coaching Program is an academic support service provided to all actively enrolled undergraduates and is uniquely designed to help students build the needed foundation for a successful semester and academic year.

Through collaborative 1:1 sessions, students learn to develop learning strategies, establish healthy study habits, cultivate self-advocacy, build a campus support system, and so much more. It is important to note that success coaching is not academic advising, personal counseling, or one-on-one tutoring for a particular course.

The Student Success Program embraces a holistic support model and empowers students to: 

  • Objectively assess barriers to academic success
  • Establish attainable educational goals
  • Develop and maintain positive daily routines
  • Improve time management and organizational skills
  • Enhance self-esteem and self-advocacy skills
  • Develop personal study schedules
  • Become active learners and class participants
  • Take effective lecture notes
  • Prepare for exams, quizzes, and presentations
  • Balance academic and social demands
  • Establish rapport with professors and key campus partners
  • Utilize and build campus support systems

What is the role of a Student Success Coach (SSC)?

Student Success Coaches are GW graduate students that are trained to use interactive and intentional methods to empower and motivate students to set and work towards attainable goals, access campus resources, effectively manage schedules, utilize appropriate study strategies, and better acclimate to the campus environment.

SSC’s play an integral role in equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to successfully navigate their undergraduate experience.

How can I connect with a Student Success Coach?

The Student Success Coaching Program offers flexible scheduling for individualized sessions. Weekly and continuous sessions are recommended; however, one time appointments are also available, even during the continuity period. Students can contact [email protected] or fill out this form to be paired with a coach or to learn more about the program.

Meet the Student Success Coaches

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Amanda Stark

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Major/Graduate Program: Master of Public Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health, Concentration in Health Promotion
  • Career Goals: I am very passionate about systems design and youth mental health.  I would like to work as a consultant or program director to evaluate program effectiveness and to ensure that health interventions/programs take important social and behavioral factors into account, ideally at a national scale.
  • Hobbies: I love running, reading, drawing, and baking.  I ran my first marathon back in November, but mostly enjoy going for nature runs and hikes.

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Hasmin C. Ramirez

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Major/Graduate Program: Master's of Public Health, Epidemiology
  • Career Goals: My goal is to work with individuals within the Latinx community who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Hobbies: Watching anything Dragon Ball related, cooking and crocheting.

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Oyindamola Odunmorayo

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Major/Graduate Program: MSC. Environmental and Green Chemistry
  • Career Goals: Working for humanity
  • Hobbies: Surfing the internet, listening to music, travelling

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Ian Crowe

  • Pronouns: he/him/hisa
  • Major/Graduate Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Graduate School of Education & Human Development
  • Career Goals: Young professional currently working towards the goal of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Throughout my career in education, I've become inspired to acquire the skills necessary to facilitate self-empowerment in children, adolescents, adults. With greater self-awareness and confidence, it is my goal for clients to utilize the skills they gain from counseling to achieve academic, professional, and personal success.
  • Hobbies: Seeing friends, discovering new music, kickball, movies, crime/mystery thrillers, youtube, & breweries/wineries.

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Jasmine Jones

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Major/Graduate Program: Maternal and Child Health, Milken Institute for Public Health
  • Career Goals: Research regarding improving maternal mortality in African American Women around the world
  • Hobbies: Working with children, listening to music, self care

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Marina Daroca Bazán

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Major/Graduate Program: MA International Affairs, Conflict and conflict resolution- Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Career Goals: Passionate about human right advocacy, civil liberties and peace-building projects. 
  • Hobbies: I am part of the GW women's Water Polo team and outside of school my hobbies are scuba diving and travelling. 

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Manuela Rodriguez

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • Major/Graduate Program: MA in Organizational Leadership and Learning
  • Career Goals: I aim to focus my career on helping facilitate needed change in mission-driven organizations that are looking to have a positive impact in society. My purpose is to bring resources and support to provide creative solutions to each project based on the organizations’ context, culture and strategic objectives.
  • Hobbies: Watching series, yoga, cooking, going out with friends, and sleeping.







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In this first video, Success Coach Amanda Stark discusses the importance of creating a routine and tips on time management as a virtual student. 


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As students prepare for finals, Success Coach Hasmin Ramirez talks about how to best prepare for exams as a virtual student.  



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In this video, Enrollment Retention team member Chelsea Jones presents part two of tips and tricks on preparing for finals. 


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As many classes remain online, learn tips and tricks on staying motivated throughout virtual learning. 



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From planning ahead to managing your inbox, this video discusses ways to get and remain organized during virtual learning. 



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Learn how to navigate your courses, set up your space, and set yourself up for success.