1. What is the difference between Academic Life Coaching and tutoring, and what is a life coach?
A tutor focuses on a specific academic subject (or subjects) and mastering the content of that subject. An Academic Life Coach works with students to help them gain greater control over their overall academic performance as students develop an understanding of effective study skills; how they think and how they learn. A combination of academic coaching and life coaching improves self-awareness and increases confidence.
2. Is a coach trying to “fix” the client?
Coaching is not counseling. Coaching is focused on helping clients take sustainable actions which lead to a more positive experience; clients develop skills and strategies that enable them to become increasingly independent and effective in creating satisfying lives. Just like athletes and business executives work with coaches to get to the top of their game, a coach helps clients get where they want to go.
3. Is coaching going to require a lot of extra work?
Most clients have busy schedules and although coaching requires clients to learn new concepts, applying the concepts will offer clients a new way to study, learn, communicate, manage their time, and approach the work they already have in a different way.
4. Is a life coach going to be another person telling the client what to do?
In the coach/client relationship, the coach and the client design the action steps together. The client chooses how to apply the concepts and the coach rarely tells a client directly what to do. The coach will hold the client accountable for following through with chosen action steps.
5. How does the coach track the progress of a client?
Over the course of the program, the coach keeps a close watch on the client’s progress. Measuring certain elements of behavior and habits naturally lead to other positive results.
6. How is it possible to measure the success of the coaching?
Each client has a unique answer, but it’s usually comprised achieving desired outcomes in academics, athletics, or career; being more confident; and exercising leadership by being proactive in pursuing a project or passion. Many families also report improved communication and relationships.