I started a business so I could run a business the way I want to experience it as an employee. I value my past employment but at some point I realized that I cannot depend on others to create what I want to do for so many hours of my life. I wanted to build the business that I wished would have hired me when I started on-boarding and thinking of a new career mid-life. I want to spend my hours doing work that matters. I want to have a professional identity and be paid for who I am and what I have to offer. I want to work with people I can help. I want to work with people I trust. I want to maintain my own boundaries in my life. I think all those things make me a better coach, teach me things to teach my clients, and protect me from burnout. I once met a man who loved his job so much that he was still answering emails at age 92. Retirement was of no interest, because he actually was able to practice his passion and we wanted to do that long after a paycheck mattered. It made me believe that if your job energizes you, you are in the right place. I am usually in that right place.
At StudyAmp, we have a strong vision of our coaching methodology. Coaching is highly personal, and good fit is essential in a coaching relationship. The StudyAmp vision is outlined below. If this vision is not your vision, and you want coaching to happen differently, there are many coaches you can find who can help you, but we hope that you trust us to take the lead and guide your Student through their academic coaching journey! If you do, we are confident that trust will be well placed.
Students are more likely to benefit from coaching when they are not the only ones involved. Both Students and Parents will get coaching homework!. Don’t worry, as we dig into coaching, we identify specific, actionable things you can do to help.
Working with young people and their families in a coaching capacity is an awesome and enormous privilege. We appreciate your trust and look forward to launching this coaching journey!
Let’s do this!
Academic Coach and Founder, StudyAmp Academic Coaching
Coaches have multiple clients, including the Student, Parents/Guardians, and other adults. We often interface with therapists, counselors, teachers, and others to inform coaching. StudyAmp Coaches will always prioritize the Student and act as their advocate. This means we approach adults with the intention of getting the student’s needs met, and we do not pressure the Student to meet any adult’s needs or expectations.
The nervous system and brain are set up so that feelings impact learning. This is not just true for the information your student learns in school, but it is also true for what your student has learned about school and the learning process itself. Coaching is not therapy…but also, emotional regulation is an executive function and a major factor in productivity. We may need to address feelings before we can address thinking, and that’s okay.
Parents want the absolute best for their students, and so far, I have not met a single exception to that rule. You are a great parent! Parents also often experience fear - about their kids’ well-being, performance, future, career prospects, etc. Students internalize Parents’ emotional experiences, so honoring Parent emotions is also a key part of the coaching experience. If you experience strong feelings (positive or negative) about what is happening with your student in school or coaching, please let me know! I aim to work with you in good faith, trust, and as a team.
StudyAmp Coaching uses a systematic approach to solving common executive function challenges that impact learning. We don’t just show up to discuss the emergency of the day; instead, we work methodically and proactively to achieve desired outcomes. We are also set up to be flexible and shuffle between priorities. Coaching inevitably changes as we progress, and we actively invite parent and student feedback to inform our goals as we go.
This means we expect both coaches and students to honor the time set aside for coaching. It means that we expect Students to devote regular time to executive function and strategic study activities, even outside of coaching meetings. Students don’t feel it at first, but time spent on coaching activities will ultimately save students time overall. As time passes, students learn more about learning, experience the benefits of new systems, practice applying learning strategy and systems in new situations, and methodically work toward building and using those tools independently.
Often, the timelines, processes, and institutions around students do not meet student needs. In coaching, we try to identify and fill those gaps. Many students excel when their unique needs are met. It may be a matter of simply being offered the chance to learn with different administrative processes, grading systems, testing regimens, timelines, narratives of success, workloads, teachers, curricula, etc. Changing the status quo can be scary, but it’s also why you’re here.
Educators are in the unfair position of preparing students for a work future that they have never seen. WIth the pace of technical, industrial, and social change happening, education has become less about mastering a set of material and more about building the skills to master the new information and skills that meet the student’s needs. What information do I need? What skills do I need? How do I make it happen independently? By understanding the process, Student can control their own success and not be fully dependent on any one curriculum, discipline, location, teacher, or boss. Once a Student knows what makes them thrive, they can exercise this insight to make excellent choices and move forward, at their speed, around all facets of life.
In Coaching we are co-authors of sorts. This means helping Students become aware of their mental models, challenging those models with data and practice, and reflecting on our efforts so that everything becomes a learning experience. By doing this we untangle fears, calm the system, focus, strategize, achieve, and learn that change is in our control. Because this is so powerful, we proactively identify, name, learn from, and celebrate the incremental efforts that lead to big success
I aim to create an atmosphere where mistakes and failure are welcomed so as to de-escalate their power and prevent students from becoming paralyzed or avoiding challenges. I choose to invite experimentation, exploration, messy headlong action, data collection, and reflection to inform student’s emerging beliefs about their own abilities and learning situation. I aim to name my own mistakes too. No matter your student’s grades or challenges, I want them to feel safe with me and to look forward to our time together.
Coaching is not tutoring, doing work for your student, therapy, teaching, or homework help. Coaching is not a path for dialing up expectations of your Student. Coaching is not conjuring motivation or sudden behavior change. We believe that Students have their whole lives to learn and do everything they need and want to learn and do. We meet them where they are, take small and doable steps, and help meet Students’ immediate needs so they can get on with the good stuff!
I hold an M.Ed and Ph.D and work as an assistant director of an academic center at Claremont Graduate University. Though credentialed in English, I taught Latin in high school for several years. More recently, I have taught both undergraduates and graduate students at the university level.
As both a passionate educator and mother of three, student engagement, retention of material, and positive habit formation have been of long-standing interest to me.
I am excited to join Liz and the StudyAmp team!
I am Liz Hammond, founder of Study Amp. I’m a learning nerd, perpetual student, and recovering perfectionist. I have lived around the US and across the world, experiencing many different education systems.
I believe in Empowerment – that anyone who unlocks themselves makes great things happen, and there is no greater honor in life than being part of that!
These days I’m living my dreams with my four kids, spouse, two dogs, and expanding family of students that I coach!
I am so lucky to be a part of the StudyAmp Academic Coaching team. I have been floored by the invaluable skills and strategies that I have learned in order to become a coach, and I am delighted to teach and apply them with students!
I was born and raised in Southern California, went on to receive my Bachelor’s of Music Education in Idaho, and spent several years as a music teacher in Utah. I am now enjoying the Midwest life in Central Indiana with my husband, 3 awesome children, and sweet puppy.
I am looking forward to getting started and sharing what I’ve learned!
for helping us so much. I really feel like [my student] had so many mountains to climb this year & I think StudyAmp's help has been the most valuable thing."
- Abbie Boxman,
Parent of a 7th grader
Thank you SO much...
in [my son's] promptness turning in assignments, etc! I don't think we could've wished for better progress! StudyAmp is truly amazing, and I've told at least 3 others about it!"
- Sarah Avink,
Parent of an 8th grader
There's a marked difference
with how things are going. We knew that we needed someone that
could provide guidance to help our daughter think through and come up with strategies for dealing with the inherent challenges associated with this transition [...] It’s been a very positive experience for each of us to have someone else to talk to, offer experienced advice, and help set up our daughter for success.”
- Ginnie Jutson,
Parent of a College Student
We are very pleased
with organization, motivation and concentration. Liz sought to understand the issues my son faced and tailored the way she worked with him. She was an advocate for him by involving us, his teachers and counselor to understand his struggles and how best we can help him. [...] Regardless of where your child is with their education, Liz will take the time to identify their weakness, work on their strengths, provide them new learning tools/skills, and advocate for their growth.”
-Steffany and Stephen Gaffagan, Parents of High School Students
My oldest son struggled
Liz has taught me in a way that is easy for me to understand, retain, and replicate. I have particularly enjoyed an atmosphere of mutual respect as I’ve worked with Liz, as well as her endless patience and tactfulness."
Academic Coach In-Training
An expert at her craft!
to help clients take control of their academic lives by learning the everyday skills of staying organized and developing good routines."
Academic Coach In-Training
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