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About Rachael Barron

Rachael has spent her professional career coaching and solving complex educational problems. From applying problem solving and vision casting skills in the business environment through applying these principles to the education realm, she excels at helping individual students and families find educational success. Prior to founding Effective Students, Rachael solved complex educational problems in her role as an educational advocate mastering the maze of finding solutions for families within Georgia’s public and private schools, helping the most difficult learners find success.

Most importantly, she is a mother to three amazing young men, all of whom had struggled with learning differences.

Rachael now spends all of her time working with children, young adults, and families who struggle with similar experiences of ADHD, dyslexia and even developmental disabilities. She is focused on helping them achieve success in their school environment and acquiring a set of self-management skills that last a lifetime.

Entries by Rachael Barron

Time is a Finite Resource

Time Management Why measuring matters! Frequently, students have been told that they need to boost their time management skills, a common phrase they have heard, but one that can be hard to understand how to improve. Defining time in a way they can comprehend empowers students to manage their tasks for improved completion. A clear […]

Self Care for Kids

Filling the Tank When asked how to improve academic performance, students often repeat what they have been told: “study more” or “study harder.” What is equally important is to take the time to decompress, reset and recenter themselves. Self-care is often discussed in reference to adults, but what does self-care look like for kids?  The […]

How to Build Executive Function Skills: The Coaching Cycle Explained

Developing executive functioning skills is a process. When it comes to helping students build these essential skills, an academic coach makes all the difference. Each student is unique so personalizing the approach and relationship are foundational to success. An effective coach knows how and when to shift between teaching and coaching as they partner with […]

Emotions, Learning Differences & Academic Grit

We all have emotions! Emotions are what make life rich and unique.  Some emotions are positive, some negative, some stronger than others. As parents, we see our children develop emotions as they respond to the world around them.  We can feel the front lines of the raw emotions with our kids.   In fact, tons […]

Self Leadership: Helping Kids Forge Ahead

At what point are we willing to transfer leadership to our children?  It’s an important question because if we want them to be functioning adults, our children will need to lead themselves.  When are they prepared to do this and how do we prepare them?  John Rosemond once said, only one person can be concerned […]

What is Flexible Thinking?

Flexible thinking is the ability to think about something in a new or different way.  Inflexible thinking or rigidity is being stuck or being only able to do something only one way.  Students who struggle with executive functioning often also struggle with fundamental skill.  They may be stuck in a routine or mindset that isn’t […]

Academic Coaching for College Students: Get Help Transitioning Into College

Preparing for and transitioning to college presents unique challenges.  Students have worked diligently to get into the school of their dreams—hours of challenging courses, test preparation, and extracurricular activities.  Others view college as the necessary next step toward securing better professional future opportunities.  Transitioning successfully is a key component to making the most of the […]

Study Skills Curriculum: Improving Learning Skills & Executive Functioning

Education is only as good as a student’s capacity to learn—with this principle in mind, there is simply no understating the importance of learning how to improve learning skills from a young age. As you’ll discover, developing curiosity that can lead to research skills for students of all ages starts with building the right foundation. […]

Improving Time Management Skills

Every parent wishes their child could excel with time management. In almost every facet of life, the ability to prioritize, plan, and divide time between various tasks and responsibilities is invaluable.   Time management applies to all the time we have in a day.  Students also have to be reminded that sleep – especially in teens […]