Coaching Serves as a Strong Ally for Military Connected Students

Taking command of his future

Terrence Banks’ story

Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Banks, the U.S. Army, of Perris, California, works at the Los Alamitos U.S. Air Force base, and is frequently deployed across the country and overseas. He finished his bachelor’s degree in Korea.

“This was something I felt that I had put off long enough, and I wanted to complete it not only for myself, but for my family. I wanted to be able to tell my daughters, ‘Hey you can do this. You can complete high school. You can complete college. If I can get my bachelor’s degree doing all of this and earn an income to take care of you girls, you can do it, too.’”

Deploying a strategy for success

Returning to school after a long absence is daunting for any student, and, like many active duty military students, Banks faced the added challenge of frequent and unpredictable deployments that would take him away from the classroom, and even away from the Internet.

Fortunately, he was able to enlist the support of an InsideTrack coach.

“My InsideTrack coach enabled me to develop the ability to set goals and create a plan for achieving them. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I was promoted to Education Advisor. Now, I’m the coach.”

InsideTrack offers solutions to help put military students at ease

As an Operations Noncommissioned Officer, Banks was used to managing many moving parts. Even so, after enrolling in Brandman University in 2007 to earn his bachelor’s degree, he had to use all the skills at his command to balance work, travel, family, community and academic obligations.

Fortunately, he had support, including an InsideTrack coach who helped him take advantage of the resources available for our troops.

“I’m very grateful to my InsideTrack coach for keeping me motivated and helping me make decisions when I felt overwhelmed. Instead of saying, ‘Well, let me look into this, and I’ll call you back next week,’ she had everything that I needed during each session.”

Tactics that work

When Banks got his first writing assignment, his coach encouraged him to find a systematic approach that worked to conquer his writer’s block and helped him tackle each assignment by breaking it down into smaller, doable tasks and then working to build and stick to a solid plan for achieving each milestone along the way to getting his degree.

“You know, for me being shot at is a lot easier than writing a paper for school.”

This process helped him plan in advance for challenging assignments and also for his deployments, when he’d be balancing a full-time, stressful job with online coursework. Prior to his first deployment while also a student, his coach guided him through the process of communicating effectively with faculty to get extensions on his work.

From student to advisor

As an Operations Noncommissioned Officer with four daughters, Banks also now serves as the Education Advisor for his company, providing other military students with information about college and scholarship opportunities.

“I’m very grateful to my InsideTrack coach for keeping me motivated and helping me make decisions when I felt overwhelmed. Instead of saying, ‘Well, let me look into this, and I’ll call you back next week,’ she had everything that I needed during each session.”

Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Banks, the U.S. Army, of Perris, California

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