Academic Coaching is a form of educational support that attempts to address difficulties in the “way” students approach their work, and focuses on developing the skills necessary for academic success.
Academic Coaching differs from tutoring in many ways, but the most important distinction is one of focus: Process vs. Content
Tutoring focuses on teaching or re-teaching content. It is based on the premise that problems in school result from comprehension issues and content gaps. In contrast, Academic Coaching tries to understand why students are experiencing difficulty with content in the first place. Are they organized? Are they taking adequate notes? Are they reading the text effectively? Do they study enough? Do they study in effective ways?
This skill development focus, coupled with a strong mentoring relationship with an academic coach, allows students to gain better skills, more confidence, and eventually, better performance across subject areas. Essentially, coaching gives students the chance to gain control over their academic surroundings.