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Academic Coaching & Empowerment (ACE)

In the ACE curriculum, you will engage with an Academic Advisor or Academic Coach to further develop skills in goal setting, time management and organization, learning strategies, study skills, building your network of resources, stress management/self-care, test anxiety, and resiliency. In the quick links below and under the drop-down sections, you will find all of the resources necessary to build the skills necessary to adjust and navigate college life at DU.

ACE Curriculum

When working with an Academic Advisor or Academic Coach, we will cover the topics listed in the ACE Syllabus

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the components of a SMART goal
  • Establish priorities based upon values & goals
  • Determine course expectations, instructor communication policies (i.e. office hours), grading policies, and assignment due dates
  • Develop and implement a planning system
  • Identify preferred learning styles
  • Discover practical ways to boost learning potential
  • Develop note-taking strategies
  • Develop active reading strategies
  • Determine strategies to overcome test-anxiety
  • Understand best methods for test preparation
  • Identify at least two personal sources of support
  • Identify at least three campus sources of support
  • Understand how to use campus resources
  • Identify strategies for coping with stress
  • Develop a growth mindset and resiliency behaviors 
Setting SMART Goals

SMART goal setting brings structure and trackability into your goals and objectives. In stead of vague resolutions, SMART goal setting creates verifiable trajectories towards a certain objective, with clear milestones and an estimation of the goal's attainability. Every goal or objective, from intermediary step to overarching objective, can be made S.M.A.R.T. and as such, brought closer to reality.

Please use the SMART Goals Planning Sheet to help you map out your goals for each quarter or academic year.