Academic Coaching/ Learning Specialist

Medical school poses some unique learning challenges. Many students feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of material, and some realize their usual study habits won’t be enough to meet those challenges. ICOM Students have access to free academic coaching through the Learning Specialists. Academic coaching can help improve study skills, time management, organization, and/or test taking skills. Students are encouraged to proactively get help; however, the Learning Specialists can help at any point in the school year.

Some examples of ways the Learning Specialist can help are:

  • Creating a study plan for an exam

  • Offer test-taking strategies and ways to deal with test anxiety

  • Discuss best practices for group work

  • Model better reading and memory retention strategies

  • Discuss learning and study strategies, critical thinking, and problem solving

  • Prioritizing tasks and reducing stress

  • Be an outside perspective, offering insight into how you can be a better student

To contact the Learning Specialist, please email learningspecialist@idahocom.org

Appointments are held on the third floor, rooms 341 & 339. The Learning Specialists can also meet you or a group in any study space in the building. You can schedule an appointment here:

 

Your Learning Specialists:

 
Rick Coonrod, MFA Learning Specialist Office #341   Fcoonrod@idahocom.org   I hold a Bachelor’s in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Boise State University. I am also certified as an academic coach through the National Tutoring Association.  I have taught many different courses over the years, most of which focused on critical thinking, digital literacy, and study skills.  With my wife and kids, I love to explore nature and fish as often as possible. I also enjoy reading, local theater, longboarding, playing video games, petting cats, bad puns, and meme culture.

Rick Coonrod, MFA
Learning Specialist
Office #341

Fcoonrod@idahocom.org

I hold a Bachelor’s in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Boise State University. I am also certified as an academic coach through the National Tutoring Association.

I have taught many different courses over the years, most of which focused on critical thinking, digital literacy, and study skills.

With my wife and kids, I love to explore nature and fish as often as possible. I also enjoy reading, local theater, longboarding, playing video games, petting cats, bad puns, and meme culture.

Jennifer Ross, M.Coun., LPC Learning Specialist  Office #339   Jross@idahocom.org   I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in student affairs and college counseling from Idaho State University and I am a licensed professional counselor in the State of Idaho.  I have served as an Academic and Career Counselor working with students to develop academic plans and make career decisions. As an adjunct faculty member, I taught numerous courses in career and life planning and university orientation.  If I had to choose a flavor for my life it would be diet dr. pepper. I am a pop culture enthusiast, salsa guru, and unapologetic bacon fan.

Jennifer Ross, M.Coun., LPC
Learning Specialist
Office #339

Jross@idahocom.org

I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in student affairs and college counseling from Idaho State University and I am a licensed professional counselor in the State of Idaho.

I have served as an Academic and Career Counselor working with students to develop academic plans and make career decisions. As an adjunct faculty member, I taught numerous courses in career and life planning and university orientation.

If I had to choose a flavor for my life it would be diet dr. pepper. I am a pop culture enthusiast, salsa guru, and unapologetic bacon fan.