Academic Coaching or Tutoring: How to Decide?
There are distinct differences between academic coaching and tutoring. Tutoring develops skills and knowledge within a specific subject such as history, English and writing. Academic coaching develops skills in the area of executive functioning skills such as:
- time management
- goal setting
- improving study skills
- learning how to create structure in an unstructured environment
New skills like these can increase the learning and efficiency for a student. It can be an effective tool for college students as well as high school students preparing for college.
Academic coaching can be particularly helpful for students with attention challenges.
Perhaps these sound familiar?
- Your child says for weeks, “I don’t have any homework,” then suddenly remembers there’s a big project due tomorrow?
- Does your child do homework and then can’t find it to turn in?
- Important points in the classroom are lost because your child is distracted or takes poor notes?
Your child needs an academic coach!
Fundamental Academic Skills
For students to perform to their best ability they need a baseline of academic skills. I use proven educational and psychological techniques to help sustain their efforts. We work to revise ineffective study habits and to create efficient skills for learning.
When a child has difficulty in school, one or more of the following reasons could be why:
- a different learning style from what is being taught,
- inefficient study skills,
- insufficient skills in a particular area,
- an emotional block to learning such as low academic self-esteem, or a learning disability such as dyslexia or ADD.
For a student to excel at school these issues need to be sufficiently addressed.
My approach to Academic Coaching: How do I help your child excel?
My approach is to assess problem areas, identify strengths and areas of challenge. From this assessment, I develop an individualized plan that will improve motivation, success, and academic performance for your child.
To achieve this goal I apply various strategies to draw out my student’s best abilities. At the same time, I provide them with tools that will strengthen their areas of growth.
Academic Life Coaching: What is it and why?
There are several areas outside of academics that affect your child’s performance. As much as we may like to think it, students are not in an isolated bubble at school. Students today are bombarded with the pressures of school, peers, friends, and family. In high school and even more so at college students are faced with challenges by peers, coursework, and more unstructured time. These new freedoms create opportunities for your child to encounter daily dilemmas that will determine the course of their life. It can be stressful and overwhelming and can sometimes cause crippling stress and anxiety for students. I strive to increase self-awareness, teach problem-solving skills and help establish new patterns of coping. Click here to read my blog about it!
A well-rounded life
I like to call what I do Academic Life Coaching. As a licensed professional clinical counselor, I have worked with hundreds of high school students and young adults to help them through this particular phase of maturation. Together we work to establish a foundation of skills that will improve academic performance. Additionally, we address ways to relieve stressors of their personal lives and incorporate tools to face life’s challenges with common sense and balance.
- Organization and structure
- Goal setting, and improve incentive
- Time management and setting priorities
- Study skills and note taking skills based on personal learning style
- Project planning strategies and follow through
- Create healthy eating, sleeping and exercise habits to stay balanced
- Increase self-awareness that can lead to more effective self-monitoring
- Integrate inner confidence and strength to pursue a balanced and healthy lifestyle
After academic coaching, students are more likely to have greater self-esteem and confidence, as well as an increased inclination to be more successful at school. According to a study at Stanford’s School of Education, students who receive one on one academic coaching are more likely to graduate from college.
Read more here: http://diverseeducation.com/article/14935/
I help many teens and young adults become more efficient academically and teach them lasting skills that they will use for life. The outcome is that students are able to approach their academic and personal lives with improved self-esteem, confidence, and skill. I provide academic life coaching in person and online.
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