StudySpot combines the two loves of Steve Udvari, founder of StudySpot Educational Services. Playing in the OHL in the late 1980s, Steve learned the value of coaching to teach, mentor, and motivate young athletes. When Steve attended the University of Toronto as a graduate student in School and Child Clinical Psychology, he began working for a Toronto-based Educational Psychologist administering educational assessments and supporting students in one-to-one study skills development.
Here, Steve saw first-hand the benefit that a skill focused intervention, coupled with the mentoring relationship of a coach could have on an adolescent student. He believed that this style of intervention would not only benefit students diagnosed with a learning disability, but any student who struggled academically or who was not reaching his or her academic potential. Steve recognized that working with children and adolescents in academic environments should be no different than working with children and adolescents in athletic environments. The coaching model should be applicable to both settings, and in 1999, Steve launched StudySpot Educational Services.
In 2003, John Williams joined Steve as a partner in StudySpot. John, a former hockey teammate and coach, brought to StudySpot his philosophy and approach to communicating and motivating teenage boys and girls. He adopted a traditional model for athletic success and applied it to academic success, one that focuses on the interplay between natural ability, effort, and skill development.
StudySpot opened its first location in Leaside in 2007. Here, they created a unique space where coaches and students could work together to develop their academic skills. A second location in Etobicoke was opened in 2009 in response to the growing demand, and the need to be geographically available for students in the west end of the city.
In 2012, it was determined that to better meet the needs of families and coaches, public libraries would be a more convenient and appropriate workspace from which to hold coaching sessions. This change allowed StudySpot to provide academic coaching anywhere a student, a coach, and a library could be found. This new service model has allowed StudySpot to grow significantly and service a much greater geographic area.
In response to the pandemic, StudySpot began to offer our coaching services virtually. During the two years that the pandemic limited our ability to meet in person, StudySpot adapted and learned how to take advantage of the available technologies. They learned that not only was online meeting more convenient and flexible for both families and coaches, but the ability to share screens and share documents in real time made the coaching easier and more productive. Emerging from the pandemic, StudySpot will continue to offer virtual coaching as the primary option for supporting our students.
From its inception, StudySpot believed that the best way to support students in their academic pursuits was to teach them the skills necessary for success in school. It is our mission is to provide capable students the structure, tools, and motivation required for them to reach their academic potential.
What people are saying about us
I would like to thank our coach and your organization for giving my son a great opportunity to improve. He is much more responsible now and understands the importance of working hard as well as how to work and organize himself.
Thanks for your good work with our son – I believe we are starting to see some positive changes and improvements. He seems to have a positive attitude overall and he is getting at his work on his own initiative which is good to see.
Our daughter feels much more confident and on top of her work and comments often about how strong her marks have become. She feels that her sessions with you have been a big reason for the turn around.
Thank you very much for providing such a very helpful facility for my daughter. She has benefited so much from the program, not only for her present situation but I think for life. Your coaches were excellent and they gave her the motivation, guidance, self-confidence and self-esteem that she lacked.
Our coach works hard with our son in helping him approach his academic studies with more maturity, effectiveness and independence. Our son has responded well to his mentors coaching and guidance.
StudySpot is offering motivated individuals the opportunity of licensing the StudySpot brand, coaching materials, and use of the website. StudySpot will provide the guidance and materials required for you to start, manage, and grow your own Academic Coaching service in your community.