IS ACADEMIC COACHING THE RIGHT FIX FOR YOUR STRUGGLING TEEN
Is your teen a potential school dropout?
Does he bring home poor grades and is he late with assignments?
How do you help when your teen is having ongoing school problems?
It is incredibly difficult to deal with your teenager’s disappointment in and anger with himself at his failing grades.
Do you fear that he may join the ranks of school dropouts?
Imagine if you could wave a magic wand and free him from his struggling student status?
How wonderful it would be to see a happy, smiling face instead of the strained, sulky expression whenever it is time for homework or school.
Academic coaching could just be the solution to your teen’s school problems.
I am so pleased to have a guest post by Marni Pasch who has an MA Counselor Education. She is the founder of Team Pasch Academic Coaching which helps middle school, high school and college students with study skills, ADHD strategies, goal setting, organization, and test prep.
How do you know if your child is the right fit for academic coaching?
Not every child needs an academic coach, but chances are – if you spend more time arguing about school than laughing, it might be worth a phone call!
WHAT IS ACADEMIC COACHING
You’ve reached desperation stage now with your teen and his school issues. The tutor route has not helped at all.
If this is where you’re at, getting your teen his own academic coach may be just what he needs.
Think about all the sporting heroes whose lives were turned around by a great coach.
Your teen may finally get the school success he craves with his very own academic coach.
Watch this YouTube video to find out more about the benefits of academic coaching.
Academic coaching is an excellent resource for students who struggle with:
• Executive Functions – these are skills that help students with organization, planning, time management, and regulation which impact school performance
• Learning disabilities – these are neurological disorders that cause struggles with abilities relating to school such as reading, math or processing.
SIGNS YOUR TEEN NEEDS AN ACADEMIC COACH
Here’s a handy list to check if your teen needs an academic coach:
• Finding excuses to stay home from school
• Delaying homework by watching TV or playing video games
• Anger and frustration when it’s time for homework
• Complaints that teacher X or Y gives too much homework
• Consistent poor grades in tasks and assignments
• Refusing to tell you his grade in assignments
• Taking too long to complete simple assignments
HOW AN ACADEMIC COACH CAN HELP YOUR TEEN
An academic coach will offer your struggling student one on one constructive help to improve his overall performance in school.
He has the necessary training and experience to:
• Help your teen identify his frustrations with his school work
• Assist in building better organization and time management skills
• Show him your teen how to grow better academic habits
• Work with your teen on his academic and career goals
• Track your teen’s performance towards his academic goals.
• Connect students with support resources and services if needed.
Regular meetings with an academic coach should result in success at school for your teen.
Is your Child Ready for Academic Coaching? gives you more information if you’re still doubtful.
WHY AN ACADEMIC COACH IS BETTER THAN A TUTOR
There is a big difference between academic coaching and tutoring.
Academic coaching is a partnership between the student and coach that allows struggling students to explore their academic frustrations and goals.
The academic coach offers tools and strategies on time management, motivation, self-advocacy, organization, study skills and more.
The best part about academic coaching is that it grows skills that can easily be transferred to all classes and even to other areas of his life.
Tutoring, on the other hand, is limited to the understanding of specific content. A tutor will help your child with subject content that they did not grasp in the classroom.
For example, if a child struggles with linear equations, a math tutor can reteach the section or find strategies that help the student understand the material.
HOW TO HIRE AN ACADEMIC COACH
First, look at their academic background. I have my masters in counseling education, and I am a certified school counselor.
My training included counseling for test anxiety, crisis support, group counseling, academic data analysis, social, emotional and career program implementation.
This gave me the skills to:
- – connect with students quickly
– ask leading questions to identify problem areas
– help them recognize their strengths
– craft a targeted action plan to help them
So, if the academic coach you want to hire is short on all these qualifications, he may not be the right fit for your teen who is on the verge of being a school dropout.
I would highly recommend that you only hire an academic coach that is aligned with the International Coach Federation (ICF).
These coaches are all trained in matters of confidentiality, knowledge, skill, and commitment to high ethical and professional standards.
SUCCESS STORIES OF ACADEMIC COACHING
Professional ethics means I cannot share the personal details of my students’ successes
But my students all have their own victories. Recently, I celebrated a student who enrolled in my summer workshop.
He is now entering the second semester of middle school with straight A’s. Shortly after our workshop ended, he said, “I feel ready to tackle school” and he did!
Students who are transitioning to 6th grade in 2019 may sign up for information for this summer’s sessions here.
Students who struggle from anxiety often benefit greatly from academic coaching. They are prone to procrastinate because of overwhelm the face.
One such student, who had anxiety issues, procrastinated often which lead to work being turned in late.
After working together, we were able to break down assignments into smaller pieces. Soon, work that was turned in three days late was turned in three days before the due date!
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN ACADEMIC COACHING
Parents, while not the primary client, also play a big role in whether academic coaching will be successful.
They need to understand that progress is measured in more than GPA.
Many students see growth in their confidence, planning, and organizational abilities. This reduces their stress and anxiety.
The result is an overall improvement in grades. But this is an added benefit, not the main outcome.
Parents also report an added bonus in having a more positive relationship with their child! Many parents relate their relief at not having to argue over school work.
One parent said she no longer discusses school work with her son and instead directs him to text me when a potentially toxic conversation about school occurs.
This allows her to enjoy her time with her son. She is confident that the two of us are working on devising a plan to fix any problem that may arise.
When I add a new family to my academic coaching roster, I listen closely to the parents and the teenager. If the parents’ expectations do not align with what I can deliver, I refer them to another source.
Many families remain for multiple semesters, so it is imperative that we start on the same page so a relationship of trust can grow.
If you see how awesome your teen truly is, and wish they had academic confidence, then you should get him his very own academic coach.
This quote sums up the importance of encouragement that an academic coach offers a struggling student.
The expert in anything was once a beginner.
If your teen is struggling at school, make every effort to:
– identify the telltale signs that your teen needs academic coaching
– know the difference between an academic coach and a tutor
– understand what an academic coach does
– understand how an academic coach will help your teen
– learn tips to hire the right coach for your teen
– take an appropriate role in the coach-student relationship
Academic Coaching is not a quick fix, but it can lead to lifetime success.
- Do you have a personal experience of academic coaching?
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Marni Ann is the blogger behind www.teampasch.com. She is a former school counselor turned academic coach, She empowers struggling students with the skills to take charge of their school experience. She works with students across the country on organization, motivation, study skills, time management, and much more.