What is an Educational Coach?

Does your son fully grasp the material he is learning in the classroom but struggle to complete assignments on time? Maybe he does his assignments but cannot find his completed work on the due date? Does your daughter spend hours “studying” for her tests – reading her text book and notes over and over again- only to go in on test day and completely blank on the material? Are ADHD and/or poor executive functioning skills inhibiting your student from reaching her potential? If you can relate to any of the above, working with an Educational Coach may be just what your child needs!

The Value of an Educational Coach

I often hear from parents that their son or daughter is opposed to working with a tutor. Many kids adamantly state they can manage their school work on their own; this is especially true for those who can grasp the content of their courses, but rather are tripped up by the logistics of holding it all together. It is these logistics that an Educational Coach helps with. From helping students to set up organizational systems that work, to teaching time management and how to break down big assignments, to learning those invaluable study skills to become an active learner, an Educational Coach may be the ticket to academic success. Rather than providing content support like a traditional tutor, an Educational Coach works with a student to teach those invaluable executive functioning skills that are crucial to success both in and out of the classroom.

If your son or daughter plays sports, they are used to working with a coach. In fact, they expect to work with a coach in order to improve their skills. From Little League to the Pros, athletes work with coaches on a regular basis in order to perform to the best of their abilities on the field. Think of Educational Coaching in the same way – a coach to help your child perform to the best of his ability in the classroom. Educational Coaches work with students on executive functioning skills, helping them with organization, time management, and study skills. Is your son or daughter into technology? Perhaps he or she would be more open to using an electronic calendaring system or app on the Smartphone. Times are changing and there is no ‘right’ way to organize and plan.

Here are a few things an Educational Coach could help your student with:

• Set up an organized binder system for managing the paper flow to educational coachingand from school
• Explore calendar options (including technology!)
• Teach the skills for knowing how to break down big projects and tasks into manageable chunks
• Teach active reading strategies and note taking skills
• Develop study skills

So if you’ve got a child who has ADHD or who grasps the content but is struggling with holding it all together (and poor grades or lack of motivation are on the rise), consider working with and Educational Coach. Knowing what to do and how to approach it is the first step!

Three Tips for Helping Your Child Get Organized this Summer

How organized is your son or daughter?  Be honest.  Have you ever walked into his or her bedroom and been confronted by mounds of clothes, toys, and trinkets?  Does your child’s backpack serve as a graveyard for papers and old hand-outs?   Does your son or daughter bristle at the thought of keeping a calendar and writing down assignments?  If you answered yes (or can relate) to any of these questions, you are not alone!  For many students, organization does not come naturally.  Our kids may understand in theory how to organize, and deep down they may wish they were more organized, but when kids get busy or distracted, taking steps to stay organized is the furthest thought in the world.

Maybe you’ve tried to work with your child on organization and the experience left you both exasperated.  Perhaps you are at a loss for how to help your child even get started with organizing.  Either way, summer is a wonderful time to tackle organization, set up comfortable and easy to manage systems, and begin a positive routine.  Sounds good, right?  Easier said than done?  Not necessarily. Read on for some simple and easy to implement ideas…

Summer is a great time to tackle those long standing “to dos” that get pushed aside with the daily hustle and bustle of the school year.  Work with your child to set up good systems and habits now that will become routine by September and lend to a smooth school year.

1.  Explore online calendars and apps with your child. 

Have a tech-savvy student?  Kids are often much more receptive to using their phones or laptops to stay organized rather than the traditional pen and paper calendar.  Check out Google calendars and apps like Awesome Calendar, Calendars by Readdle, and Fantastical. iStudiez Pro and myHomeWork are great options if your student is looking for a digital assignment book to use during the school year.

2.  Set attainable goals and map it out! 

Organizing the bedroom, closet, play area, and school supplies can feel overwhelming to any student.   Work with your student to map out what needs to be done and schedule accordingly.  Break it down into small chunks.  Using a large whiteboard to organize and plan the to do list can help create accountability.

3.  Start early and plan to maintain. 

Incorporate your child into the planning process.  Organize school supplies and get them ready for fall.  As you map out what you want to tackle this summer, also incorporate weekly maintenance sessions.  These maintenance sessions will soon become habit and allow you to remain organized all year.

Take advantage of the summer months and instill good habits and routines.  While they may seem daunting at first, these new systems will be second nature come fall.  In September, won’t it feel nice to start the new school year organized?

Summer is the perfect time to build organizational skills that are crucial to school success.