Tutoring is subject-specific. If a student is struggling in math, a tutor will re-teach information covered in class and/or prepare a student for a specific test. Academic coaching builds the core skills necessary in order to be a successful student. These skills may include organization, time management, note-taking, study strategies, self-advocacy, goal-setting, etc.
Our students’ ages range from late elementary school through college.
Our coaches are excellent at making connections and building bonds with students. Once students begin, getting them to attend future coaching sessions is rarely an issue because our students know their academic coach is there for them through every step of their journey to success.
Coaches are matched with students based on the age of the student and location, and most importantly, the coach’s area of expertise. During our pre-initial consultation conversation, parents are asked to describe the personality of their child, what kind of person he or she would respond to best, likes and dislikes, etc. in order to pair the student with a coach who they will will respond to best.
Coaches usually meet with students at a mutually convenient location such as a public library or the student’s home. Most academic coaching and tutoring sessions for middle and high school students take place after school and in the evenings. We can also accommodate students who prefer working with their coach or tutor on the weekend. Since college students have more erratic schedules, their coaching sessions and happen at any time (within reason).
Absolutely! We video conference with many of our students through Skype, Facetime, etc. There are ACA online students across the US and internationally as well.
Students usually meet with their coach once or twice a week for 55 minutes. Students will often add sessions during midterms, finals, or if there is a big test or a project coming up. Many students supplement academic coaching by seeing one of our tutors as well.
Not at this time. Although we do not require a long-term commitment, it is important to understand that academic coaching is not a quick fix, but rather a process that takes time and effort.
No, and we strongly suggest parents beware of companies that say they do.
As our process is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student, this varies. Students usually need to break bad habits and replace them with new ones to achieve academic success. This process takes time and commitment.
Yes, many ACA students do not have a diagnosis and just want to fine-tune academic skills.
ACA coaches are happy to speak with other professionals on a limited basis with no additional fees. If a coach is asked to speak to other professionals often or engage in lengthy conversations, our usual hourly fees will be applied.
Many students are not as forthcoming as they could be about what takes place during coaching sessions. To keep parents in the loop, our academic coaches will send a summary, or “lesson notes,” by email within 24 hours of each coaching session. This summary describes what happened in the academic coaching session, skills and strategies taught, and anything else that was addressed. Parents are welcome to contact their child’s academic coach at any time for additional information as well.