We are all unique learners. Learning can be challenging. For some students learning can be tough and very difficult. Everyone’s brains are wired differently and require information to be presented in uniquely tailored ways that best resonate with them. These struggles do not stop with school; it trickles down into the key pillars that comprise ‘school’:
- Time management
- Short- and long-term planning
- Setting realistic and achievable goals
All of these distinctive elements of learning can be incredibly challenging and difficult but are crucial for academic and long-term success. Despite the undeniable fact, they are not explicitly taught in school. Students are often left to their own devices and must attempt to develop these aptitudes without any professional guidance. While some students flourish without guidance, others could greatly benefit from assistance along the way.
Through creating an individualized plan to support each client’s specific needs surrounding these executive functioning skills, academic instruction and coaching provides an opportunity to put more specialized tools in their toolbox in order to prepare them for the tasks at hand. By engaging in academic coaching, clients discover how they learn best, how to advocate for themselves, and how to take on the independence needed to thrive both in and outside of the classroom. In short, academic coaching can help optimize a client’s innate abilities and harness their fullest potential.
by Madeline Wahl
Madeline Wahl is an established teacher, academic coach, and a lifelong learner herself.