Peer Academic Support

Navigate your academic journey with peer-to-peer support from Arts Peer Advisors or Arts Peer Academic Coaches.

Arts Peer Advisors

After you’ve been admitted to UBC Arts, you’ll receive support from the Arts Peer Advisors who will help with the academic transition to UBC by sharing information on degree requirements, course selection, and the registration process.

If you have questions for Peer Advisors, use the Arts Advising contact form or the Faculty of Arts Facebook page.

Arts Peer Academic Coaches

Connect with upper-year students that will work with you long term to meet your academic goals – AKA a coach.

Our Arts Peer Academic Coaches are friendly, inclusive, and knowledgeable upper-year students who:

  • Know what it’s like to learn and study in UBC Arts
  • Share a common goal of seeing other students succeed
  • Are trained in self-regulated learning techniques to support student self-reflection and growth
  • Can provide you with strategies and resources to improve your academic experience

Peer Advisors are student employees that work in the Arts Advising office. If you imagine going to the gym, Peer Advisors are the front desk staff. They'll help you with your gym membership and make sure that you registered properly for that 8 a.m. group yoga class but, beyond maybe offering a few tips, they aren't there to help you workout.

Peer Academic Coaches are those gym regulars that are happy to take newcomers under their wing. They aren't employees but they will go out of their way to show you how to lift weights properly so you don't hurt your back and are happy to share the lessons they learned along the way towards their own academ— or, we mean fitness success.

Coaching topics

  • Study strategies
  • Time management techniques
  • Ways to approach academic tasks
  • Campus involvement opportunities

Meet with a Coach

Arts Peer Academic Coaches are available for one-on-one coaching conversations via drop in hours or appointments.

Appointments (both virtually or in person) can be made via an online request form from September to March. In-person drop in hours take place on the first floor of the Arts Student Centre from September to March. Stop by to grab a snack and check in with an upper-year Arts student about academics and getting involved at UBC.

Aspire Mentorship Program

In this free program, you will be paired with an Arts Peer Academic Coach who will mentor you throughout the term. Participants will meet with their coach three times throughout the term and will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program. Registration is now closed and will reopen in September 2022 for the fall semester. If you have any questions, please email Program Advisor Paul Lee.

Here’s what previous Aspire Mentees have said about the program:

  • “It was helpful for me to hear about a senior student’s experiences, as I don’t know much about university life yet. I enjoyed hearing about her experiences and from someone who has already completed most of their academic journey. It was also great to have a conversation with someone who’s willing to hear me out and talk with about academics.”
  • “Developing an action plan with someone to hold me accountable makes me feel like I can actually achieve my goals. I also think connecting with an upper-year student 1-to-1 helps me feel more confident in my ability to socially interact.”
  • “My peer coach helped me prioritize my concerns. After my meeting I had more insight into what I was going to do, I had someone to help me through and that was very helpful for me!”
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