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The Weight of Academic Load/Reducing Distractions/Study Habits that Make a Difference/School life versus Personal Life/Earning Your Degree Without Setbacks/Navigating Your Independence

 

As an Academic Coach at a local university, I saw first hand the struggles of college students that were not prepared for the educational SHIFT from high school. Maybe the academic load is overwhelming or the sudden independence of college is distracting. Maybe the way you "did school" in high school isn't working anymore in college. Incoming Freshmen to outgoing Seniors all have different educational needs but don't know where to turn. Parents are out of the loop until it's too late to make a change. I can make the SHIFT easier, saving you precious time and money.

When most people think about coaching, they traditionally think about sports. Coaches help the team develop workouts, create practice schedules, and provide encouragement. The combination of support helps team members prepare for the big game.   

An Academic Coach provides the same type of help for your learning fitness. I offer research-based strategies to improve your study techniques, help you manage your time, and offer encouragement along the way.  Here’s a sample of what strategies we might cover: 

  • “How can I get the most out of a lecture?” 

  • “I’d like help managing my time so I don’t feel overwhelmed.” 

  • “What is the best way to get through all the reading and retain information?” 

  • “How can I improve my note-taking skills?” 

  • “I have a midterm coming up and I get nervous taking tests. What are ways to combat that anxiety?” 

  • “I got my test back and would like to go over it with someone to figure out what went wrong and how I can do better on the final.” 

  • “I have a paper coming up and I want help creating a plan that will help me avoid writing it all the night before.” 

  • “I need suggestions to help keep me motivated.” 

  • “Exams are coming up and I find myself procrastinating. How can I stay productive?” 

  • “I’d like to  talk about how things went, what skills improved overall, and what I think I still need to work on.” 

  • “What's the point of the syllabus and how much does it matter? (Hint: a lot!)

  • Calendars or schedules haven't worked for me in the past. Can you help me setup one that works with my style?

Unlike sports, a lot of people feel like academics should be a solo act. But how absurd would it be if an athlete didn’t do well during a game, and then decided to practice alone until the next match?  You

are not alone during this turbulent time so contact me for a free consultation and let's help you make the educational SHIFT today.

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Parents more pessimistic about k-12 than ever

 

1. Americans are not impressed with the pandemic responses of all sectors considered. Positive ratings of state governments dropped 5 percentage points in a month, national media 7 points, schools 5 points, the federal government 9 points

2. Parents are less comfortable with children returning to in-person classes in the near future. About two-thirds of parents thought schools will not be safe until February or later. The share of school parents stating they are “Very or somewhat comfortable” with their children returning to school dropped 11 points.

 

3. Parents are less confident about home-based learning. Three out of four parents felt at least somewhat prepared to get their child through remote learning, but fewer than two out of three do now. Additionally, parents want schools or teachers to provide curriculum and instruction for remote learning. Most parents believe school is the best place for their kids post-pandemic.

4.“Pandemic pod” participation is down, though interest remains. A pod is a group of students who gather online in a shared learning space. They are usually led by a rotation of parents or a paid tutor. 

5. Americans are pessimistic about education. The share of respondents feeling positive about the direction of education fell by 7 percentage points for local and state education, and positivity about education nationally dropped 10 percentage points. 

8.Support for all school choice policies remains high among parents. Whether it’s different learning options during the pandemic or access to new schooling types, families want choice. Parents consistently report more than 60 percent support for all types of choice, including charter schools, vouchers and education savings accounts (ESAs). 

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