How does it work?

How does coaching work?

At Study Savvy our coaches have an open approach, which means we allow the coaching to flow through our students needs as they become clearer. Through our weekly one-on-one sessions, our priorities are to listen attentively, offer choices and options, and to help the student carry out goals and plans of action. ALL our energy is directed towards you, THE STUDENT.

We first get to know our clients through conversations surrounding their experiences in school, areas of strength and struggle, and what they hope to achieve. We also consider professional educational assessments to help us with our coaching of elementary and high school students.

Future sessions can then hone in on areas of immediate need, such as note-taking and test-taking strategies. We will introduce strategies, help the student implement them into their daily routines, and then revisit to discuss successes, areas of improvement and next steps.



What if my child does not want coaching?

When we meet with parents for consultations, we normally advise that their children (our future clients) also be present.
At Study Savvy, we believe that our coaches, parents and students need to be on the same page. There has to be an understanding of what coaching is, and an agreement on the part of the student to actively participate in the process.
Students have to want to improve and have a desire for change. If there is resistance, then the coaching relationship suffers.

Is academic coaching like therapy?

While similar on the surface, the two are quite different. Therapy focuses on reaction to a diagnoses, and remediation to a “problem” that often involves delving into the past. Coach’s look for ways to help the student deal with their current situation, and take steps to gain confidence in their ability to handle the various challenges that school life can bring. Like therapists, we are there to listen, but we focus more on goal setting, and coming up with strategies that can help students TODAY.

Who is coaching most useful for?
Everyone. While there might be a range of students with different abilities and success levels, no student has absolutely everything figured out.

Do you work with students with learning disabilities?
While we prefer the term exceptionalities, at Study Savvy we work with students with a range of needs. Many of our students have learning challenges like ADHD, executive function, and other issues like fine motor challenge.

What is the time commitment for academic coaching?
Coaching sessions are 60 mins in duration. After the first 2 sessions, which are dedicated more to getting to know the student, subsequent sessions focus on skill building and implementation into daily routines. It is up to our clients how many sessions they feel is necessary or effective. It is our experience that creating sustainable change takes time and a minimum of 12 coaching sessions.