Being able to work toward your degree at your pace, free from the restraints of rigid course and semester schedules, is one of the greatest benefits of the UW Flexible Option. It’s also one of its greatest challenges.
That’s why the UW Flexible Option pairs you with an Academic Success Coach. From your first day in the program, your coach is your point of contact—the person whose sole purpose is to guide, support, and encourage you along your journey.
UW Flexible Option coaches are fluent in this online, personalized learning format. They understand your needs as a returning adult learner, and they recognize that your needs are different from anyone else’s.
Your Academic Success Coach will:
- Welcome you into your UW Flexible Option program and explain how it works
- Answer questions, offer advice, and check in periodically to see how you are doing
- Help you set priorities and manage your time among work, family, and kids
- Help you understand what you need to know to master assessments
- Connect you with the learning resources you need to succeed
Your coach will also help you with navigating the learning management system, asking instructors questions about competency set content, and connecting with home campus resources and departments such as the registrar’s office, veterans’ services, and tutoring.
Beyond personalized academic support, your coach will provide valuable moral support. Some adult learners feel anxious about returning to school after 10 or 15 years. That’s OK. Your coach is your confidant and counselor, helping you to feel comfortable with the format and the technology so you will be prepared to do your best.
We are here to help you succeed!
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I love having the support of an Academic Success Coach. Being able to contact my coach at any time makes a huge difference. I feel like that is the kind of support you might not receive in a traditional setting.” —Norman Ramdohr, Milwaukee, Wis.