Academic Success Coaching

What is Academic Success Coaching?

Similar to how an athletic coach encourages and supports you in becoming your best athletic self, our Academic Success Coaches can help you become your best academic self.

Academic Success Coaches help you develop skills and strategies to successfully navigate college and realize your full potential. Coaches will work with you to identify and utilize new learning tools and strategies to help meet your academic and personal goals during your time at University of Redlands.

Our coaches are different from academic advisors or counselors/therapists in that they help you develop academic and personal skills to become a stronger student. Through a series of one-on-one appointments, you will work with your coach to grow in academic strength, grit, and resilience to get you where you want to be academically.

Academic Success Coaches provide holistic support in the following areas:

  • Motivation
  • Goal setting and attainment
  • Effective study strategies
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Time management and task prioritization
  • Recognizing and marketing your strengths
  • Adulting

How to Get Started

Schedule an appointment with an Academic Success Coach on our booking page. If you have questions or need further assistance, please visit us in the Student Development Center on the ground floor of the Armacost Library or contact us at (909) 748-8069 or

Meet the Academic Success Coaches

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Vanessa Richardson (she/her/hers)

Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, University of Redlands
Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, California State University, San Bernardino

My name is Vanessa, and as a first-generation graduate, I know the importance of receiving a diploma and the struggles it brings to attain it.  I received my master’s degree during the pandemic lockdown, which was no small task.  That's one of the reasons why I desire to help students along the way in their academic journeys.  When life throws us curveballs there's always support along the horizon. One of my greatest memories as an undergrad was performing in musicals like “The Wiz” with my colleagues.  I still enjoy performing in plays (when I have down time), attending the theater, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.









Sara Mahan (she/her/hers)  

Master of Arts in Education, College Counseling, University of Redlands
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Eastern University

My name is Sara. I’m a non-traditional graduate student who came back to school later in life. Growing up, my mother always told me that if I studied what was interesting to me, I would find a career that I loved. Though I enjoyed my undergraduate experience and was fascinated by what I learned as a Sociology major, I graduated college without a plan and continued to explore a variety of careers struggling to find the perfect fit. I look back on my undergraduate experience and wish that I had had more mentorship and guidance. Now, I homeschool my three sons and strive to provide them the support that they need to discover their passions and design the lives of their choosing. I hope to bring that same support to the students that I work with at Redlands. Prior to homeschooling my children, I was a massage therapist and a massage educator, and really loved working one-on-one with people. I love yoga, weightlifting, Zumba, playing guitar, sewing, and nightly walks in the desert with my family!

daniel robertson.pngDaniel Roberton (he/him/his)

Hello! I’m a graduate student here at the University of Redlands in the School of Education pursuing a Masters in Learning and Teaching with a Single Subject teaching credential in Social Sciences. Education has been a deep-rooted passion of mine for years and I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in high school! My other passion is filmmaking! I’m currently in the process of working on a short film and also in the process of writing a full-length feature script! I’d consider myself to be a Jack-of-all-Trades since my interests are all over the place. Looking forward to getting to know you as we work together! Myself and the other coaches are excited to assist you in your educational journey!


Amanda Nobles (she/her/hers)

Masters of Arts in School and College Counseling (student), University of Redlands

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology/ Minor in Human Services, University of Colorado Springs

My name is Amanda, and I am a first generation college student. I understand the highs and lows that come along with being a student and some of the obstacles that may arise. This is why I am passionate about helping students here at the University of Redlands in reaching their academic goals. I hope to offer a friendly face and guidance in assisting students on their academic journey. Some of my hobbies outside of work include staying active with hiking and yoga and of course spending time with my english bulldog. I look forward to meeting and learning from all students and colleagues here on campus.