Academic coaching is the relationship between a professional coach and a student who is interested in making changes in their academic career and/or personal life to become a more confident and effective learner. Academic mentoring is designed to help students struggling with self-regulation develop effective routines and stronger habits, complete work on time, stay organized, and plan ahead.
Coaching helps students develop their learning skills and make choices and changes with confidence. Learning strategies and skills are offered and taught. Evoke Learning focuses on assisting students in developing critical cognitive thinking skills (executive functions) that relate to managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. These skills include attention, emotional control, initiation, working memory, planning and organization, and self-monitoring/self-regulation. Between sessions, the coach may request that the student complete specific actions that will contribute to their goals.
Mentoring helps students who are easily discouraged or find it difficult to stay organized, plan ahead, initiate work, and remain on task. Evoke Learning’s Facilitated Focus program helps students develop the mental and physical habits required to achieve long-term goals and establish a link to the daily behaviour they need in order to achieve them.
Mentoring offers homework and assignment checks, assistance with creating plans for long-term projects, and guidance for allocating study time. Active study skills for tests and exams are outlined and taught. A mentor works directly with the student to address challenges as they arise, and shows them how to initiate and break down assignments into manageable chunks with due dates. Students also receive support organizing their materials, and developing academic perseverance and self-control to focus on required tasks.