Our academic coaching program is designed for students who are struggling in school for reasons beyond needing help with homework and tests. The goal of our program is to help each student become an independent, self-motivated learner. Our academic coaches work with students primarily on study skills, test taking strategies, organization, and coping strategies to deal with the stress and anxiety that are a part of many students' lives. An academic coach can serve as an effective link between parents, students, and teachers because a coach understands the needs and goals of each person. Most students who work with an academic coach receive both academic coaching and class-specific tutoring to meet their academic goals.
Academic coaches are individuals who dedicate their lives to helping students maximize their potential.
Learning disabilities and disorders
Students with learning disabilities, like auditory processing disorder (APD), dyslexia, and executive functioning problems, benefit from academic coaching. While other professionals help these students develop strategies for overcoming or managing their learning challenges, academic coaching helps students learn how to succeed in the classroom. An academic coach helps students with learning disabilities learn how to advocate for their education and how to ask for extra help. A coach helps a student develop organizational and time management skills so that LD students can be successful in classrooms that are designed for the traditional learner.
Returning to College
Each year, many students resume their college studies at Parkland College or the University of Illinois after taking some time off. Our academic coaching program serves many students who left school previously because of poor grades or life circumstances. These students may not necessarily need tutoring to succeed - they just need a trusted mentor who will help them stay on track, get organized, study for tests, and avoid or overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of graduating.
Life and Family Changes
Adolescents and teenagers going through life and family changes often struggle in school. A divorce, death in the family, move to a new home, accident, illness, injury, or any other change in life dynamics can impact the academic success of any student. These students might miss a lot of school and struggle catching up with the class. They may also feel stressed and isolated, which can shake their confidence and affect their grades. Students going through, or recovering from, hard times benefit from working with an academic coach. A coach provides the support and structure these students need to get back on track in school.
What can Academic Coaching do for your student?
In addition to providing the highest quality tutoring in central Illinois, we can help your student through their entire high school career. No matter when they start meeting with their coach, students can bring their questions about homework, writing assignments, setting and meeting goals, making a personal or school schedule, creating a resume, finding internships, and applying to college. A coach can help your child find test prep resources during their junior year and prepare college applications right before and during their senior year. In addition to fielding questions about school, academic coaches can provide support for students as they navigate peer pressure, stress, disappointment and other personal challenges. While academic coaches are not counselors or therapists, they can encourage students to look for creative, healthy solutions or point them to more professional help when problems get out of hand. Academic coaches are positive role models who encourage their students to develop into independent and accomplished adults.
Academic coaches are positive role models who encourage their students to develop into independent and accomplished adults.