Peer Coaching

There are many options for peer-assisted learning across campus. Follow the links below to see your options for working with a Learning Assistant, meeting with a peer coach, or attending drop-in hours and review sessions. If you don’t see your course or you can’t find an appointment time that works for you, please let the Academic Commons team know. Please be sure to review our frequently asked questions.

Find a coach, Learning Assistant, or tutor

If you are enrolled in BISC 1115, CHEM 1111, CHEM 2151, ECON 1001, or any introductory Physics course (including Astronomy and University Physics), you can meet with a Learning Assistant to receive support in your course.

If you are enrolled in MATH 1007, 1051, 1220, 1231, or 1231, weekly review sessions are provided through the Academic Commons and drop-in hours are supported by the Calculus Lab.

If you are enrolled in an engineering course (APSC, CE, CSCI, ECE, EMSE, or MAE), you can meet with a peer tutor at the PAL Study Halls offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

For all other courses, please use the drop-down menu below. More than 50 additional courses are covered by peer coaches in Academic Commons. If you cannot find your course, please let us know.

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Academic Commons is not offering peer coaching in the department you selected this semester. Please fill out our interest form so we can get you connected to the help you need.

Peer Coaching FAQs

What if I can't find my course?

GW offers hundreds of courses each semester, and we cannot provide peer coaches for all courses. The Academic Commons primarily focuses on providing support for large, introductory-level courses. We offer some support for intermediary and advanced courses. If you do not see your course, please let us know and we will try to match you with a peer coach.

How many hours of peer coaching can I receive each term?

As long as a peer coach is available, you can book one hour with one peer coach, once a week. You can sign up up to two weeks in advance. If you cannot find an appointment time that works for you, please email academiccommons@gwu.edu. We will try our best to accommodate you, subject to the availability of our coaches.

Can I see the same peer coach every week?

Provided that the coach is available, you can make an appointment with the same coach every week. However, changing coaches from time to time allows you to hear other perspectives and receive support for more than one course.

What if I need more hours each week?

If you exceed your one hour per week and you would like more time with your peers, you may visit drop-in hours (which are first-come, first-served), attend a review session, or start a study group. Academic Commons coordinates study groups; just email academiccommons@gwu.edu to get started. If you believe you qualify for an exception to our one hour/week policy, please email us at academiccommons@gwu.edu.

Can I email or text my peer coach in-between appointments with quick questions?

Please avoid emailing or texting your peer coach between appointments. Peer coaches work with many students every week. A minute or two with each student can quickly add up, and the peer coaches also have courses and commitments of their own. If you have a question, you might try posing it to a study group or bringing it to drop-in sessions.

What if I have to cancel an appointment?

If you have to cancel an appointment, please do so more than 24 hours in advance. If you cancel within 24 hours, you will receive a “strike.” Two strikes will result in loss of privileges to book one-on-one meetings with our peer coaches. You may continue to attend drop-in hours and review sessions.

Should I pay or tip peer coaches?

Peer coaches receive an hourly wage from GW for their services. You do not need to pay your peer coach, and you should not tip them. If you wish to express your gratitude to a peer coach, thank-you emails or cards are always welcomed. You can send your emails to academiccommons@gwu.edu and we’ll make sure the coach receives your email. Cards can be dropped off in Gelman 207.

Is my appointment confidential?

Academic Commons honors the trust between peer coaches and students. Academic Commons will not share the content of your one-on-one appointments with professors without your permission. Academic Commons does not share attendance at one-on-one appointments with professors.

Review sessions are run in conjunction with formal classes and with the professor’s support, and professors may request attendance data from review sessions. If you have any questions, please contact academiccommons@gwu.edu.