Unlike a counselor, tutor, or mentor, a coach rarely offers advice. Instead, coaches focus on energizing their clients to help them solve the problem at hand. The coach provides accountability and keeps the student moving forward, providing encouragement along the way. Coaches facilitate change, closing the gap between the present and the future, and helping the student uncover solutions that are right for them and their goals. The coach-client relationship is finite, confidential, and nonjudgmental. Coaching focuses on the student’s strengths and gifts. The coach encourages the student to generate their own options and make their own choices, helping them reach their goals and making sure that the agenda does not get lost.
Coaching is not therapy. While therapy is about the past, coaching is about the future. Coaching assumes that clients have your own solutions, and offers support the client defines and refines them. Coaches partner with the client to help them discover what changes they want to make and develop a plan to act on them. The coach provides a sounding board for ideas, questions any assumptions that may be limiting success and offers fresh perspectives. Coaching is creative and non-judgmental, and helps clients stay accountable for change.
Our clients are students who want to reach a higher level of academic performance, learning, or satisfaction with the quality of their life. They are able and willing to take action to move toward a goal with the support of a coach who will work with them to develop optimal ways to learn, remember, and problem-solve to create the most efficient and productive thinking possible.
Coaching sessions are 60 minutes in duration. The hour includes time dedicated to the discussion of action items and a summary of takeaway points. Each client determines the duration of the individual coaching relationship. It is our experience that creating sustainable change takes time and a minimum of 12 coaching sessions.