Parents understand the need for academic support. Importantly, until just recently, content-specific tutoring has been the only significant option for parents to consider when looking for academic help for their children. And, 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 intimately connected with the approach students take toward their school work. Academic underachievement is complex and integrates elements of motivation, confidence, and attitude with students' natural abilities and study skills.
Academic Coaching offers a more appropriate educational support for most students, particularly those in late elementary and high school, because it focuses on the complexity of underachievement and the importance of looking at behaviour. Is the student organized? Does he take adequate notes? Is she reading the text effectively? Does he study enough? 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.
Through weekly one-on-one support, our coaches help students develop the core skills that are essential for success in school, and prepare the student for the future challenge of university. These skills are introduced within the context of a student's current school workload, making the sessions productive in the short-term and long-term