Coaching by and for Grad Students

Would you like to

  • Forge positive and productive relationships with your peers and advisors?
  • Explore approaches to better managing your time and boosting productivity?
  • Acquire strategies to thrive in the uniquely demanding context of graduate school?

Then Coaching might be for you!


What is Academic Life and Learning Coaching?

Coaching is a strengths-based, voluntary, individualized developmental process that
  • Builds a person’s capability to realize his/her/their potential
  • Achieve short- and long-term learning, personal, and professional goals, and
  • Experience thriving across multiple domains both within and beyond the academy

It is conducted through confidential 1:1 conversations, and based on mutual trust and respect. Coach and "coachee" work as equals over time, with the coachee setting the agenda for each meeting and the coach acting as a supportive and nonjudgmental “thinking partner" regarding any aspect of life and learning in grad school. The overarching goal is to co-create awareness, knowledge, strategies, and action to promote learning and thriving, with "thriving" defined subjectively by the coachee. 

All grad students are welcome to participate in free coaching sessions with either Dr. Laura Murray , and/or with any of McGraw's Grad Peer Coaches .