What is Academic Coaching?
Academic Coaching is a working partnership that focuses on the ‘process of learning.’ Together with a professional coach, students examine their learning styles, habits of working, and current difficulties or barriers to success. Then together this team (coach and student) works to create and put in place more effective strategies than are the norm. The aim is to heighten awareness of what it takes to achieve academic success and anchor this with new strategies, a supportive relationship, and personal accountability.
Helping Students Understand
An important component of academic coaching is helping students understand how their ‘use of time’ and ‘levels of organization or disorganization’ (paper, space, and technological data) impact their studies. This is important because with stress and nervousness it is easy for all of us to spin our wheels and accomplish less. And in the process, living spaces, backpacks, and minds become less ordered so that finding what we need when we need it is faulty, such as retrieving information studied when needed for tests. In coaching, it can also be important to examine and fortify some ‘study skills,’ such as: Reading for comprehension, developing a successful writing process, taking and reviewing notes, preparing for tests with every class and each bit of reading, and managing the test taking process.
High School to College
Another important aspect of academic coaching relates to ‘strategic thinking, problem solving, and learning to work effectively with others’. This area of focus can be especially useful when major problems surface and at times of major adjustment.Knowing how to function effectively in high school only to find that the fast pace and competition for grades in college requires much more
Undergraduate to Graduate School
Moving from undergraduate work into a graduate program where the
expectations and levels of engagement are higher or finding it hard to adjust to dissertation work where levels of independence and self-paced research and writing are less structured than coursework and preliminary exams were and where the expectations of an advisor seem to be greater
While young adults are still developing parents who notice a few issues with learning styles and abilities can jump start the process of getting an academic coach, as soon as you notice an issue. Positive support at home and the right resources can help your family experience the type of educational success that you have all planned for, together.
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Sometimes students work really hard to grasp certain subjects and just find it difficult to do alone. Where some aspects of time management helps a student become more proficient with his or her studies, often reluctant learners need a little more help. This is why Academic Coaching Services was formed.