The differences between a tutor and an academic coach?
A tutor will help your child review or relearn the content of the topic. They can work on homework problems or spend extra time on the particular concepts their child missed in class. A tutor will help your child master the material.
In fact, the definition of tutor is a private teacher or one in charge of instruction. This individual is hired to teach their child the material they learn at school. If your teen is struggling with multiple classes and the lower grades are due to a lack of study or work habits, an academic coach is the best resource for your child.
Low grades in various classes suggest that it is not the inability to understand the material, but the absence of study skills, motivation, organization, or time management. An academic coach can help a child build these areas.
The goal is not to relearn concepts, but to learn skills to thrive in school. However, a qualified academic coach should not teach your child these skills.
Telling a client how to do something is no different than being a tutor. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a creative and stimulating process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential." The child is not told what to do.
Instead, our training enables the student to set goals, overcome obstacles, and work toward positive change that can help them in all areas of their lives. Yes, I have many tools to share with students, but they are delivered with permission and in the context of the student's unique goals.
Very often, I will see a student who applies his growth in academic training to other areas of their lives. This is the path to independence and maturity that both parents and teens want!
Whether you hire a tutor or coach, I invite you to include your child in the hiring process. It doesn't matter if your child is struggling in high school, middle school, or elementary school, your ability to connect with the adult who will help you with school sets the tone for your experience.
If your child has to spend extra time on a difficult topic, let him have an opinion on who helps him develop the skills he struggles with. So I insist on meeting potential students for a free strategy session.
It allows the student to have power in their education and ensures that we are a good couple. Ask your child what his or her tutor or coach preference is. Do you prefer private sessions or a large learning center? Do they prefer a current teacher or a student? Where do you want to meet? Some students do not want to be seen at their local cafeteria for fear of meeting friends. Is home or virtual sessions an option? This can give your teen the privacy they crave (full note: a student once invited her friends to join a meeting). Honor your child's preferences when hiring academic support.
If they refuse to work with a tutor or coach, offer them the opportunity to allow them to correct their grades with the understanding that support will be obtained if they do not succeed on their own. Respecting your child's opinion of hiring a tutor or academic coach may not make her jump with joy, but they may attend sessions with fewer complaints.
If you think academic training might be the support your child needs for this school year, please contact us. We work with students from all over the country, at classinsession.