There are many students who are bright still having difficulty achieving their full potential. This could be for a few reasons:
1. They may just not be motivated to learn. Either the material bores them or the methods in which they are learning do not suit them. Students who are independent (and often very intelligent) but do not feel connected to the teacher, environment, or material, will simply tune out. Then, because they are not focused their grades can deteriorate.
2. Study skills and organization is a big factor in whether students gain and retain the knowledge they are being taught on a daily basis. By the time students reach 4th grade, the are pretty much expected to be independent; however, no one at school is explicitly teaching them how to do this. Without real world strategies to help them get from point A to point B, students can get lost in the shuffle.
3. Many students also are dealing with emotional issues clouding up their ability to successfully learn. Any negative emotion can be viewed as stress, and stress has been shown to significantly reduce the brain’s ability to learn and decipher information. Unfortunately, students are experiencing a lot of stress in today’s world. Their self image and how they fit in with their peers is becoming more and more stressful because of social media, while the testing anxiety has also grown significantly in the past several years. These students lose focus because they just can’t see beyond the daily issues they face each day.
Our Life Coaching is
- Highly personal and individualized
- Practical, realistic, and “do-able”
- Honest, direct, uplifting, and fun
- Efficient and effective
We coach students to organize a better approach to life through improving their
and Desire to Achieve
Our process will typically follow this order:
- Meet with parents (and possibly the student) to explain what we do, gain background information on the student and the problem, and decide on parent goals for the student.
- Meet with the student and establish a rapport by getting to know him and spending time discussing his likes and strengths.
- Work with the student to set a goal by discussing areas in which she is not happy or not feeling successful. Goal should be student produced and she should feel that it is attainable within a month.
- Create an action plan with the student. What steps will he need to follow to reach his goal? Affirm that these steps also feel attainable. Make parents aware of plan and goal.
- Start moving. Here we will teach simple, real world organization strategies that will help her keep up with all she has at school; curriculum will be specific to each child depending on the goal. Keep parents/teachers aware of progress and give them tips on how to follow through at home and in class.
- Identify and remove roadblocks (this is the longest and most difficult part of the process). What are some things that could prevent him from reaching his goal? Roadblocks are forms of stress and can be internal (confidence, limiting beliefs, focus, motivation, etc.) or external (family conflict, academic difficulty, social conflict, classroom organization, life changes, etc.). Work with the student AND the parent and teacher on removing these roadblocks. They must be removed for the student to reach his goal!
- Celebrate success! Set a new goal if desired.
Our coaching (best suited for ages 12 and up) will help students understand the benefit of organizing to achieve goals and how good it makes us feel when we are living up to our best potential.
The first meeting with you is always a free brainstorming session. We will get together and discuss the problems you are seeing, come up with different solutions, and then work together to best help your child feel more successful in school. Call or email us to set up a meeting!