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Leehi Yona
Leehi Yona - Lead Learning Consultant, Peer Academic Coaching Division

This is a high impact, high-commitment role at Stanford. Please read the entire description of the role and its expectations before applying.

Graduate and professional students are invited to apply to work as a Peer Learning Consultant in the Peer Academic Coaching division. As a Peer Academic Coach, consultants work with all Stanford students in an individual setting to help them navigate academic challenges and goals. PLCs in this division start at $28/hour and are expected to work a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 hours per week.

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Division purpose

Virtually every Stanford student has struggled with one academic skill or another at some point in their career, including time management, goal setting, resilience, test preparation, reading and note-taking strategies, dissertation planning, communicating with your advisors, and more. Because of the substantial need for one-on-one academic skills support at Stanford, our Peer Academic Coaching program is both one of the most important services that the Peer Learning Consultant Program offers and is consistently in high demand at Stanford. Students need and value this support, which is why it is our most popular resource!

What you’ll do

  • Peer Academic Coaches work with undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as well as postdoctoral scholars on an individual basis to support them in any academic skills challenges and/or goals they may have.
  • You will attend monthly divisional meetings where you will have opportunities to debrief about your sessions and develop your professional skillset.

Insights from current coaches 

This is a position that requires a lot of thinking on your feet and a desire to mentor students. The ideal academic coach will be excited about supporting students, interested in their individual development, and able and eager to take on a more substantial workload than the other Peer Learning Consultant divisions. Current coaches have reflected on their experience and share that it is both the most rewarding and enjoyable part of their role within the PLC program – as well as the most demanding. Many coaches with certain identities that have been historically underrepresented in academia also find that undergraduate students sharing similar identities tend to gravitate towards them as coaches. In all, the Peer Academic Coaching is among the most enjoyable, rewarding, exciting, demanding, and time-intensive roles in the Peer Learning Consultant program.

Skills we seek

  • Ability to manage your own time and projects with guidance but minimal structure
  • Excellent communication skills, with students and with PLC staff over Slack and email
  • A desire to learn and grow in your ability to develop and deliver academic skills content
  • Effectively giving and responding to constructive feedback
  • Passion for supporting undergraduate and graduate students
  • Ability to work on a dynamic team in which changes occur throughout the year
  • Understanding of diverse communities on campus (including through your own personal experiences as a diverse applicant)

Application process

  1. Application: Complete the online application (which includes submitting a brief statement and CV/resume).
  2. Finalist Interviews: Qualified candidates will be contacted to participate in an one hour interview with the Lead Learning Consultant, current Peer Learning Consultants and other stakeholders.
  3. Admission: All candidates will be informed about a decision no later than two weeks after the interview. Successful candidates will be given 48 hours to accept the offer. Please note that the turnaround time between admission and onboarding is relatively short.

Application requirements

  • Must be a currently enrolled co-term, masters, doctoral, or professional student
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Co-term and masters students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; graduate and professional students must be in good standing with their department/program
  • Must have a strong commitment to helping peers learn
  • Must possess outstanding interpersonal skills, time management skills, and attention to detail

Apply to be a Peer Academic Coach