What is Academic Coaching?
Academic Coaching provides students from elementary school to university the opportunity to learn the tools and strategies they need in order to succeed, essentially helping them learn how to learn.
Academic Coaching helps students by focusing on strengthening their executive functioning skills, therefore enabling them to better self-manage and become productive, independent learners.
What happens in an Academic Coaching session?
What's the difference between
Academic Coaching & Tutoring?
A tutor helps students understand subject-specific content, often through memorization & repetition, focusing on the short-term goal of re-teaching academic materials. Tutoring uses a directed teaching approach; responsibility is placed on the teacher and the tutor, to quickly increase student knowledge. The main goal is for the students to become successful in a particular course or subject. Consequently, on-going tutoring can create a dependency, since the child does not have to take charge of his/her educational experience; a skills crucial for success in academics & life.
A tutor can prepare you for a test on Friday, but an Academic Coach can prepare you for a lifetime of learning
An Academic Coach addresses the reasons why a student is struggling with content so that they can eventually learn on their own. There is a long-term focus on the collaborative development of academic skills and strategies that can be applied in all subject areas and used throughout the student's academic career. Responsibility for learning, therefore, is placed on the student him/herself, with the main goal being success in school. Weekly sessions reinforce learned skills by providing opportunities for students to incorporate them into their schoolwork and receive regular feedback from the coach. These weekly sessions also create routine and structure, while the coach provides motivation, thus building confidence.