A tutor is hired when a student struggles in a specific class. During a session the tutor focuses on that specific content and reviews classroom assignments.
A coach helps students with skills that will carry over to ALL of their subjects such as organization, time management, study skills, advocacy and more.
I am very proud of my master’s degree in school counseling. It trained me to develop effective relationships with students, help students achieve their social, academic, career and college goals, form group workshops, collect data that shows efficiency of programs and held me to a high level of ethics. I still maintain my ASCA membership, in addition to other professional associations, to continue my professional development.
However, I am not working in a school setting, and my current title is Academic Life Coach or ADHD Life Coach. I will refer you to a list of professionals including, but not limited to, psychologists and therapists should your child express needs that expand outside of the coaching relationship.
No. If your child does not have an interest in coaching, it would not be beneficial to anyone to move forward with coaching. I encourage hesitant students to participate in the free session though. Many apprehensive students have become clients!
One of my favorite cliches is, it's a marathon not a sprint. Yes, coaching can help grades increase. However, this is not an overnight process. Instead look at other areas of improvement. Is your child gaining skills in planning and prioritizing? Are you seeing a difference in their study routine? What positive changes are you noticing? All of these actions help your child become a stronger student. If grades are the measurement of success you believe in, we should discuss it in our initial call.
Topics in the session are dictated by the student. They are the expert of their own lives and know what areas of their lives are out of balance.
Some examples of topics that come up are strategic planning for an upcoming test or assignment, handling missing assignments, or problem solving things that are stressing them out at school.
I maintain the confidentiality of the student at all times. The only exception is if the client is a risk to themselves, or others, or if I believe the student is being harmed. This confidentiality policy gives the student a safe space to vent their concerns and frustrations. The student will approve the weekly notes provided to the parent in their plan of action.
Yes! Thanks to the power of technology, I am able to meet with students via Zoom. This allows us to share resources, papers, and more while in session.
Of course! Research is showing that the executive functions (the part of the brain that controls planning, prioritizing, organization etc.) do not fully develop until 19-24, so the training I have helps the majority of my clients! That's why I consider my ADHD training for teens and college students a bonus and not a qualifier!