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Academic Enrichment Services

Our Mission

Grounded in the science of learning, the mission of Academic Enrichment Services (AES) is to facilitate the development of self-regulated, active learning (SAL) skills through deliberate practice. Through our academic support programs, medical students will be introduced to key research-based learning and study strategies that have shown to be positively correlated with both academic and clinical performance.

Our Model of Academic Enrichment

Our support services are built on a preventive academic coaching (PAC) model: A culture of learning that foregrounds the development of self-regulated learning skills as core determinants of students’ mental health and wellbeing, as well as their academic and clinical performance. Our preventive academic coaching model serves to empower learners to develop sustainable study habits that position them for lifelong learning.

In an effort to build a culture of preventive academic coaching, our team works closely with the Office of Admissions, Office of Student Services, Office of Student Affairs, as well as preclinical and clinical curriculum stakeholders to ensure appropriate alignment of our services with students’ learning needs. Equally important, our office collaborates with and provides oversight for our student-led peer teaching programs.

Academic Coaching Program

Dr. Adrian Reynolds, and Mr. Lamar Martin, who both serve as learning specialists, provide one-on-one academic coaching for University of Miami medical students. Topics addressed in each session are tailored to the learning needs of the student. These topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

. Time management
· Active learning
. Growth mindset
. Deliberate practice
· Self-regulated learning
· Test-enhanced learning
· Spaced practice
· Varied practice
. Retrieval practice
· Note-taking
· Test-taking
· Test anxiety
· Multiple intelligences

Scheduling a Coaching Session

First-year students: Your assigned learning specialist is the Associate Director of Academic Enrichment, Mr. Lamar Martin. To schedule a one-on-one coaching session, you may contact Mr. Martin directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (305) 243-1047.

Second through fourth-year students: Your assigned learning specialist is the Director of Academic Enrichment, Dr. Adrian Reynolds. To schedule a one-on-one coaching session, you may contact Dr. Reynolds at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (305) 243-9637.

Peer Teaching Programs

The Medical Students as Teachers (MSAT) – Second-year medical students, in collaboration with our learning specialists, lead workshops that provide first-year students with practical, module-specific guidance on how to implement research-based study strategies in their coursework.

The Near-Peer Academic Support (NPAS) – Second-year medical students, in collaboration with our learning specialists, lead workshops that provide content-review sessions for first-year students in preparation for course exams.

Academic Societies Tutoring program – Upper-level medical students provide individualized content tutoring for first- and second-year students.

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Resources

Self-regulated, active learning
Time management
Learning How to Learn in Medical School: Study Strategies Every Student Should Know – PPT Slides
Learning How to Learn in Medical School: Study Strategies Every Student Should Know – Video
Crafting my STEP 1 Study Schedule in Six Steps – PPT Slides
Crafting my STEP 1 Study Schedule in Six Steps – Video
Metacognitive Awareness and Test-Enhanced Learning – PPT Slides
Metacognitive Awareness and Test-Enhanced Learning – Video

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Our Team

Adrian K. Reynolds, Ph.D
Director of Academic Enrichment

Adrian Reynolds
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Rosenstiel Medical Science Building (RMSB), Room 1130B
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: (305) 243-9637

Lamar Martin, M.S.Ed
Associate Director of Academic Enrichment

Lamar Martin
Rosenstiel Medical Science Building (RMSB), Room 1130A
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: (305) 243-1047

Hilit F. Mechaber, MD, FACP, Director

Hilit Mechaber
RMSB Room 2155
305-243-7978
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Ms. Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson
RMSB Room 2155
305-243-7978
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Additional Resources

Introduction to the Science of Teaching
Academic Societies Tutoring Program
Academic Resource Center

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Reynolds, please click HERE to sign up for an appointment using SignUP Genius.
You may also contact Ashley Johnson, manager of the Office of Students Services, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 305-243-7978.