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The STEM Learning Center (SLC) of the Learning Commons (LC) is a central hub for students interested in pursuing or majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at Queens College. The SLC offers collaborative services to support students holistically, utilizing a full array of available technologies and resources. Students have access to STEM-specific orientations, tutoring, workshops, discussion groups, and specialists who help get them connected to resources on campus and elsewhere. Services are free for any Queens College student.

STEM Coaching

Academic coaching is a comprehensive service for students who want to improve their academic and self-management skills, such as time management, organization and study skills. The Learning Commons (LC) offers this support to help students achieve their academic goals along with self-advocacy and independent, life-long learning. The content and structure of each individual coaching session is determined collaboratively by the student and the coach to identify the student’s unique learning strengths, develop individual plans for academic support, and promote self-confidence and independence.

 

STEM Courses for support Offered at LC: 
ASTR 1, BIOL 105/106, BIOL 40/41, BIOL 220/285/287​, CHEM 102, CHEM 1131/1134/1141/1144​, CSCI 111/211/212/220/313​, MATH 115/120/122, PHYS 121/122/145/146, LCD 207/330, PSYCH 1073/213W

What is the difference between tutoring and academic coaching?

Tutors typically help students with the content of a particular subject. Academic coaches focus on helping the student with study skills applicable to a variety of subjects and strategies that allow the student to be successful in college, in their workplace and in life in general. Some of the areas that are focused on during coaching sessions are:

  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Study Strategies
  • Test Preparation Strategies
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Motivation
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Note-taking
  • Reading Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Campus Resources, and more!
Who can benefit from academic coaching?

Our coaching program is designed to help and benefit any student at any point in college. Whether the student is a new first year or transfer student, or a current nontraditional student, or even an A student who wants to get the most out of their college experience, our coaches will meet them where they are.

What are the benefits of coaching?

Academic coaches help students create effective study habits that lead to academic and personal and professional success.

Does coaching require a long-term commitment?

No. Students have the option of a one-time session or consecutive weekly sessions. Students who request a weekly appointment can terminate their appointment at any time during the semester, once they feel they have been helped. However, the assessments done on the impact of academic coaching on the students’ academic performance show that a minimum of three consecutive sessions are needed for students to see the impact of coaching.

Who are the coaches?

Our coaches are high-achieving current students and recent graduates. All coaches have attained excellent overall academic performance and participate in regular staff development and training.

How do I apply for academic coaching?

Students can make an appointment to speak with an academic coach here.

What does a typical coaching session look like?

Each session is different and unique to the student. The coach and the student mutually decide on the goals of the session. The coach helps the student break down the goals into parts and suggests strategies the student can apply to reach the goals.

How long is a coaching session?

A coaching session is fifty minutes long.

What should I do between my coaching sessions?

Students are encouraged to review and implement strategies introduced by the coach in the previous sessions.

If I have questions or concerns about my experience with academic coaching, what do I do?

If you have questions or concerns email Lcommons@qc.cuny.edu with a summary of the incident.
A staff member will contact you for more information, a meeting or resolution as soon as possible.

What is the cost of academic coaching or tutoring?

Coaching, like all services provided by the LC, is FREE for all Queens College students.

We are hiring! Academic Coach – Job Description (CUNY Login Required)

What is STEM?

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is an umbrella term used to group together the distinct but related technical disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used in the context of education policy or curriculum choices in schools.

As society innovates and technology advances, the need for professionals who understand how these technologies work and who can propose practical solutions continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calls STEM careers “tomorrow’s jobs,” emphasizing the importance of these unique industries.
Today, STEM jobs are in high demand, and many are projected to stay in demand for several years. At the same time, STEM professionals are in short supply, which is why so many colleges — as well as the U.S. government — are imploring students to study STEM.

Cohorts

Tiger (2022-2023)

Rabbit (2023-2024)

Activities: Summer Orientation, Winter Check In, First Year Overview ​

Stay tuned for Tiger Cohort Meet and Greet, and Rabbit Cohort in June 2023.

Allan Edmond, Assistant Director, STEM Learning Center

Contact:

  • LCommons@qc.cuny.edu
  • 718-997-5670
  • King Hall 211B
  • Main Offices: Kiely 237, 131 

Main Office Hours:

  • Monday through Friday, 9-5.
  • In-Person, Monday through Thursday, 9-5.
  • Fridays are remote.