Trusted Academic Coaching

Guiding your learner through the Effective Student program

What to Expect from Academic Coaching

Each academic success coach is trained to apply the Effective Student™ Method. Here is what you can expect from our coaches:

  • Inquire – We identify each student’s goals, obstacles, and frustrations. 
  • Clarify – We act as interpreters, clarifying for students what is being asked of them.   
  • Scaffold – We help develop organizational skills for students, giving them the autonomy to break down big projects into manageable parts so they can successfully complete larger tasks.
  • Model – We demonstrate how to create good study habits so students can independently put them into practice.
  • Measure & quantify – We gauge what challenges need to be addressed by the student and closely monitor their success. 
  • Encourage – We give students the motivation they need to try something new, to persevere and to self-advocate.  
  • Communicate – We help students and parents create shared goals and act as facilitators, joining the positive intent of both sides. 
  • Celebrate – We take pride in your student’s success and efforts; building grit – the ability to persevere when things get difficult.  

Do we need an academic coach?

An academic coach helps students approach and manage academic demands. Students who may benefit from a coach are usually:

  • struggling to manage materials or assignments
  • struggling to apply what they’re learning
  • unaware of what is interfering with their success
  • resistant to help from parents 
  • transitioning to a new environment (college, high school, new school)

At times, tensions between parents and students interfere with learning. An academic coach can offer a neutral, fresh perspective helping the student re-engage academically.   

Transitioning to College

Once of the biggest challenges college students face is being able to plan and prioritize, manage their time, self advocate and resist distractions.   Since you’ve worked hard to secure the college placement of choice, partnering with an academic coach helps ensure your student’s transition is a smooth and successful one.  If your student struggled in year past due to distance learning, an academic coach can help with accountability, encouragement and guidelines can help your student stay on course.

Want to learn if Academic Coaching is right for your student? Schedule an initial consultation.

An Academic Coach is a Mentor

An Academic Coach focuses on teaching students a process and giving them the space and time to practice, leading to skills and independence.  An academic coach works alongside a student to help them apply their academic management skills to current demands. Coaches do it WITH a student, not FOR.  Tutors are typically focused on having the student succeed in a specific class.  Academic coaching can be appropriate for many types of students, whether they’re already successful or struggling. We like to use the example of teaching a student to fish instead of feeding them for a day.

At an Initial Consultation, we discuss what to expect from Effective Student Certified Coach, how to partner with a coach for student success and answer questions. Students complete an initial self-evaluation to determine their level of self awareness and current functioning. Parents share observations, concerns and goals for coaching sessions and student outcomes.

Effective Students is unique because we follow a proven, step by step method to ensure students increase independence over time.

Academic Coach Certification

Are you interested in becoming an Academic Coach or classroom teacher certified in the Effective Student Method™?  Help students bridge the gap between social emotional learning and academic success. The Effective Student Method™ equips students with critical executive functioning skills students need to reach their goals. The Effective Student Instructor Workshop includes: 

  • Online course training 11 hours of training in Executive functioning and how to teach
  • Comprehensive instructor manual
  • Pacing guides for 1:1 instruction, small group and in the classroom
  • Online grading, progress monitoring, and reporting
  • Instructional videos
  • Slide presentations that can be used for instructor led lessons
  • Printable workbook for students
  • Printable handouts for parents to match pacing and lessons
  • Optimal skills by grade level
  • Level I Certification in The Effective Student™ Method
  • Community support (coming soon) and weekly blog posts

Improving these key executive functions helps students achieve better grades and a better future. Learn more about academic coaching certification below!

Academic Coach – Level 3

  • Prerequisite – 11 hours of training with the Effective Student Curriculum
  • Supervision by a Level 5 Effective Student Mentor
  • Previous experience working with students as a tutor or educator
  • 90% score or higher on Effective Student Coach Certification Assessment
  • Positive Parent Feedback
  • 18 hours of direct supervision working with students
  • Proven track record of working successfully with students

Academic Coach – Level 4

  • Prerequisite – Level 3 Certification
  • Supervision by a Level 5 Effective Student mentor
  • Minimum of 100 successful coaching hours with the Effective Student Curriculum with individual students or in the classroom setting; 
  • Previous experience working with students as a tutor or educator
  • 90% score or higher on Effective Student Teacher/Coach Certification Assessment
  • Positive Parent Feedback
  • Proven Track record of student success

Academic Coach – Level 5

  • Prerequisite – Level 4 Certification
  • Minimum of 300 successful coaching hours with the Effective Student Curriculum with individual students or in the classroom setting with students or educators
  • Previous experience working with students as a tutor or educator
  • 90% score or higher on Effective Student Teacher/Coach Certification Assessment
  • Positive Parent Feedback
  • Proven Track record of student success

Highly Trusted Academic Coaching 

Want to foster a better relationship with your student? Let a coach bridge the communication gap around academics.
Schedule your initial consultation for Academic Coaching and see if we are a fit for your student!

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