Loyola University Chicago

Tutoring Center

Student Academic Services

Success Coaching

Power up your success at college!

Want to work on organization, time management, notetaking, exam preparation, goal-setting, or other academic skills? Come to Success Coaching!

In a FREE Success Coach meeting, you can set goals, identify areas for growth, and create a customized plan for success. 

During summer sessions, online Success Coaching appointments are available. For more information, please visit our summer services information page here. Success Coaches will send the student a Zoom link prior to the appointment time. 

Learn more about the Success Coaches below.

How to sign up for Success Coaching

You can sign up for Success Coaching appointments directly through TutorTrac:

  • Log in with your UVID and password
  • Click “Search Availability”, then select "Success Coaching" as the Center
  • Click "Search" and select an appointment time
  • Enable “texting reminders” and click Save

Also, see this Screenshot Guide: How to Sign up for Success Coaching

Accessing Zoom 

If students have never used Zoom before, they are encouraged to login to https://luc.zoom.us/ using their LUC UVID and password prior to the session. Then, download the Zoom program (on laptops) or app (on smartphones/tablets).  

If the student does not have access to a webcam, microphone, or the internet, the student is encouraged to reach out to their Success Coach and/or Tutoring Center staff (tutoringcenter@luc.edu) for alternative options.  

If Zoom is not working, students are encouraged to review the Zoom participant’s guide, call ITS at 773-508-4487, or email ITS at helpdesk@luc.edu.   

If the link is not working or the Success Coach is not present at the designated time, please email the Coach or tutoringcenter@luc.edu 


Further inquiries? E-mail Sam Siner, Assistant Director of Learning and Student Success, at ssiner@luc.edu

Meet the Success Coaches! 

Ryan Renee (Ryan is just fine!)


Hometown: I am from Homewood-Flossmoor, a south suburb about 30 miles out from campus

Degree Program: MEd/EdS in School Psychology

Professionally, I'm really passionate about the equal access to and effectivity of student resources and services insofar as educational and extracurricular funding, especially when it comes to the Arts. I had the privilege of attending a high school that prioritized creative arts in conjunction to your typical core curriculum, and it had a huge impact on how I live my life now; thus, I would really love to be a part of making as many opportunities to get involved in these ventures available as possible!

I'm a big TV buff. My current favorite genres are Children's (a la Disney and Pixar) and superhero (Marvel over DC) as far as movies are concerned; for TV, I really like competition shows, especially cooking ones, documentaries and mockumentaries based upon crime. 

Fun Fact: While attending undergrad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I participated in a spoken-word, music, and poetry organization where I was primarily a poet for four years. I'm not a rapper, though some of my favorites are hometown hero Chancellor Bennett, Jermaine Cole, and Childish Gambino.  

Brittany Sova


Hometown: Naperville, IL (Western Suburb of Chicago)

Degree Program: MEd/EdS in School Psychology

Hello Everyone! My name is Brittany.  I am a second year graduate student at Loyola studying school psychology. As you can see above, I grew up in the Chicago area. For people who are new to Chicago, please try a Chicago style hot dog from Portillos.  This is highly debated, but I believe Giordano’s has the best pizza in Chicago.

Before realizing I am a foodie, I have always known that I have loved helping others and loved studying the field of psychology. I graduated from Clarke University (Dubuque, Iowa) with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I was a 4-year Collegiate Athlete at Clarke University. I played soccer there and still play soccer today in an adult co-ed league. I learned the importance of time-management and keeping my priorities in order by being a student athlete. I look forward to helping others navigate undergraduate life as a Success Coach!

Fun Fact: I have lived in Colombia (yes, the place where Sofia Vergara and Shakira are from) as well as New York City!

Robyn McNaughton


Hometown: Chicago, IL

Degree Program: MEd in School and Community Counseling

I graduated from University of Dayton with a BA in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, and am in my second year of my master’s program here at LUC.  Professionally I am interested in working with adolescents in a school setting.  I am passionate about setting students up for success and empowering them to reach their own goals.  Outside of work/ academics I enjoy hiking, camping, rock climbing, and watching the food network. 

Fun Fact: Beyoncé and I briefly held hands at one of her concerts while she was performing.

Sam Lopez

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Degree Program: MEd/EdS in School Psychology

Hi! I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S in Psychology and a minor in Political Science and I am in my second year of my master’s program here at Loyola! Professionally I am really passionate about fostering academic, social, and emotional growth among students through mentorship and other activities as I worked for an afterschool program for at-risk youth for 3 years. Outside of academics and work I enjoy being a foodie, watching marvel/DC movies, hammocking, being outside, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family.

Fun Fact: I did karate growing up!

Shaina Wright


Hometown: I'm from Westchester (suburbs of NYC), and I lived in Brooklyn for 6 years before moving to Chicago!

Degree Program: EdS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Hi everyone! I'm in the second year of my master's program in counseling here at Loyola. I have always loved working with students - I started volunteering and working as a tutor as a high school student, and I've kept it up in one way or another ever since! I really enjoy helping people figure out challenging topics, and finding ways to break down intimidating assignments so that they can tackle them with confidence. Professionally, I'm really passionate about ensuring that all students have the opportunity to succeed - not just academically, but in figuring out their larger goals and learning the skills they need to reach them. I'm always upbeat and positive, and I love to find ways to keep things fun. Outside of work and school, I play and coach roller derby with the Windy City Rollers, so I definitely understand the challenges of balancing coursework with the rest of a very full schedule! I also really love dumb comedies and action movies, cooking, watching weird sports competitions on ESPN2, netflix binges, eating lots of donuts with my husband, and just chilling out by  the lake whenever there's nice weather. 

Fun Fact: I have a pet hedgehog named Hercules! (His derby name is Alexander Boopleton).

Mary Kate Daniels


Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL

Degree Program: MEd in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies

Hello! I spent the last three years teaching 6th-grade students in Indianapolis, IN. My teaching experience led me to complete a graduate certification in Applied Educational Neuroscience that further strengthens my mission to bring social and emotional awareness and resources into schools. I am passionate about providing students with tools to be healthy holistically and sustainably. I believe that college is one of the best times of life, so I want to support students in making it a positive, manageable, and a memorable experience!

I am a big foodie! I love cooking new recipes and trying new restaurants and coffee shops around the city. I also enjoy yoga, group fitness classes, time outdoors, and traveling. The Lakefront Trail and Wrigley Field are some of my favorite places to visit during the summer months. Go Cubbies!

Fun Fact: I am a big Ellen DeGeneres fan! While in undergrad at Butler University, I had the exciting opportunity to meet her and be on the show. Ellen is just as kind and entertaining in person as she in on the air!

Rebecca Anderson


Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Degree Program: MEd/EdS in School Psychology

Hi! I graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH last spring with a BS in Psychology and minors in special education and Spanish. While at Xavier, I worked as a peer tutor and as a peer educator for the Student Wellness Advocacy Group which demonstrated to me the important of ensuring that students have adequate access to supports and resources to succeed in undergraduate work. My passion is working with students to find creative ways to foster success and developing individual plans to promote academic and emotional improvement. In my free time, I enjoy going to concerts and sports games, baking, going to Orange Theory Fitness, reading and exploring the different neighborhoods in Chicago. 

Fun Fact: There was a picture of me in the New York Times!