We see students who need tutoring in specific subjects, but we also increasingly find that students come to us with more systemic needs, beyond just a school subject or two. These students need week-to-week and sometimes day-to-day guidance in organization, study skills, and developing their working memories, among other areas. Students like these may be diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or another learning disability- anything that makes traditional schooling particularly challenging. In this case, the most suitable kind of guidance is academic coaching. Julia Blodgett, Ph.D., L.C.P., a local educational consultant and friend of Clayborne Education, describes academic coaching this way:
Academic coaching is language I use for tutoring that is more encompassing than instruction/remediation of discrete skills (e.g., long division) and which focuses on developing broader skills (e.g., analytical thinking, synthesis of information) and metcacognitive abilities (i.e., the ability to reflect on oneself as a learner and to use knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses to improve learning, skills, and productivity overall). Ideally, an academic coach would use assignments and test preparation to strengthen a student’s problem-solving abilities in the face of work that is unfamiliar or difficult: coming up with a plan, weighing alternatives, appraising success, and making adjustments as needed.
Academic coaching gets to the heart of our mission: to provide a deeply relational, individualized approach to learning in order to support students in their academic vocation. Give us a call to hear more about how we can help students struggling with these kinds of global academic issues.