How Coaching Unfolds

Academic Coaching is highly individualized and customized based on your interests and needs. There are no specific packages with specific services – your contract is set to pay for the coach’s time, and a student can move through coaching quickly or slowly based on their needs.

The parent, student, and coach each suggest a goal to work on at any one time, and these 3 goals inform how coaching unfolds, however, there is a common pattern to how coaching often progresses:

Onboarding

We collect and collate a lot of information and the coach is connected to the student’s learning teams. We analyze information in the school’s online portals and other resources and start to build routines for managing day-to-day logistics such as email, homework and tasks, grade management, teacher communications, and schedule. We start to build and monitor positive behaviors and practice these routines both inside and outside of coaching.

Class and Test Analysis and Study Planning

Once we’re set up and running the day to day, we dig deep into the student’s top 1-3 classes of concern using the syllabi, class resources, assignments, classwork, and study resources to identify and fill gaps and to leverage class resources to maximum effect. We figure out how the teacher works, what they care about, how they assess students, how to build class-specific study tools, and how to best prepare for tests and other evaluations. We build the routines we identify into our regular roadmap.

Study Skills and Proactive Learning

Once we’ve got strategic plans for the top classes and are exercising them, we can dig into learning about the brain and how memory building happens. These lessons, and applying them, are built throughout coaching in a lot of ways, and will be introduced in many situations. However, we can also dedicate coaching time to moving methodically through the curriculum so students understand how their brain works, barriers to maximizing memory building in education, and how to take control of their own learning using the rules of the brain. A dedicated Learn About Learning workshop in July of each year covers this curriculum so it can be used during school.

Deep Dives

Students may have a primary barrier or interest around which they want some guided support. The Deep Dive may include something very specific to the student, like figuring out how to talk to teachers in college, how to do a study group, how to improve writing or note taking skills, learning to drive, standardized test prep, test anxiety, getting ready to try out for a sport, or managing a big spring project. Whatever it is a student wants to explore in depth, we can problem solve our way through it together.

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