What is Academic Coaching?
Academic coaching is a personal and collaborative relationship between a coach and a student that is at times functional and at times inspirational.
Although coaching is standard practice in most areas of human achievement, most notably in athletics, it has been relatively ignored in academics. At StudySpot Waterloo, the goal is to equip students with the skills they require to be effective students overall and to provide them with the opportunity for improvement that will last throughout their school lives.
Parents understand the need for supplementary academic support. Until recently, content tutoring has been the only significant option for parents to consider when looking for academic help for their children. In some circumstances, content tutoring in a specific subject area is an appropriate form of assistance. However, in many situations, the issues that hold students back from doing their best are not related to content at all, but are more connected with the approach students take toward their school work.
Academic Coaching offers a more appropriate support for most students, particularly those in middle school and high school, because it focuses on the underlying reasons why students underachieve. Is the student organized? Is she reading the text effectively? Is he able to get his thoughts on to paper? Does she study in effective ways? How does the student interpret his or her results? These questions are at the root of the academic coaching relationship, where a mentor or coach ‘guides’ the student toward more effective and more efficient strategies of school work.
Always working one-on-one, our coaches teach and practice the core skills that are essential for success in school, and prepare the student for the future challenge of university. The coach works collaboratively with their student to apply organization and study skills to the student’s current school workload making the sessions productive in both the short-term and long-term.
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.
To assist in our growth into communities across Canada, 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 create, manage, and grow your own Academic Coaching service in your community.