Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is academic coaching?
A: I offer ideas on where students can improve academically and teach self-advocacy skills when communicating with teachers at school. I meet with students after each term to discuss successes and troubleshoot challenges. We will examine and discuss how their current GPA and test scores fare in the current competitive college admissions landscape. When they realize that they are only a few points away from being a serious contender for a desired school, my students have more reason to work/study harder in school/test/exams. I provide and make students aware of the data, and it’s left to them to decide how they want to proceed with this knowledge.
Q: What is your approach to working with students?
A: I have a very tailored approach to working with students and will support my students as if they were my own children. I try to learn as much as possible about my students and keep their strengths and interests in mind when making suggestions or providing advice. I treat my students as an equal partner in this working relationship. While I’m there to guide, to encourage, and to facilitate, it’s ultimately up to the student to take responsibility. Since college is so expensive nowadays, I check in with all of my clients to see if cost will play a role in where they are likely to attend. I try to include at least one or more affordable safety school/s on the college list.
Q: What kinds of students do you work with? Do you only work with high-achieving students?
A: I work with students with varying levels of academic performance as long as they are in good academic standing and making good progress toward college. To be competitive, students must possess a C+ average or better. Students and parents who are open minded about the process and do not have their hearts set on any particular school/s will ultimately fare better in the process.
Q: How will you help me to pick suitable colleges?
A: Oftentimes, students already have a list of dream/reach schools but haven’t really thought much about target and likely schools. I will work with students to learn about their academic, career, and personal interests when researching schools.
Q: Where and how do you meet with students?
A: I meet with students in person (local libraries or coffee shops) or through Zoom and Facetime. Meetings are usually one hour to one hour and thirty minutes. Ideally, I prefer to meet with each student at least three times in person to get a sense of their personalities when thinking about good-fit schools and essay topics. After meeting in person a few times, we can do most of the work offline via email. Students who are able to write essays independently can write the essays in a shared document, and I can provide suggested edits and feedback.
Q: How do you charge?
A: I offer three packages depending on when (freshman/sophomore/junior year) students sign on with me. Each package comes with a set number of hours (26, 36, 48 hours) with a list of various services offered. Clients can pick and choose how they would like to use the hours. Depending on when you sign up, most students will need a certain number of hours. Students who arrive to me sooner in the process will inevitably receive more coaching and advice on how to proceed on this journey. Students who struggle with writing will be better suited with a package allowing for more writing support.