Academic Coaching

Executive functioning and study skills are necessary for students to achieve their maximum potential in and out of school. In recent decades, there has been a lot of research on the importance of these skills and their long-lasting benefits into adulthood. Many educational institutions and organizations have developed tools to help students of all ages master them.

At Galin Eduation, we help students in middle school through college to develop many of these foundational skills. We work with students and their families to develop a structured and personalized program for establishing, developing, and nurturing these skills. Students work with a coach one-on-one to develop a customizable plan that focuses on fostering awareness, behaviors, and strategies to become a self-directed learner.

At coaching sessions, coaches teach and model high executive functioning and study skills appropriate for a student’s needs, goals, and capacity, emphasizing independence. Students are guided in implementing these practices into their schoolwork and daily lives. They are encouraged to reflect on effective behaviors. Data is collected regularly on the student’s progress and is reviewed by the Director of Education, ensuring maximum skills development.

We find that a strong grasp of executive functioning and study skills promotes academic independence and confidence for current and future endeavors.

The following chart outlines various executive functioning and study skills, what they mean, and how we help students develop them.

What It Means
Setting clear, measurable, and realistic goals in order to improve academic efficiency

How We Help
–    Provide framework for student to set goals
–    Track and monitor progress of goals
–    Help student reach goals through weekly work

What It Means
Ability to manage and keep order with materials, supplies, and storage places

How We Help
–    Establish organizational practices and systems
–    Provide routine check-ins and upkeep
–    Develop the skill to full student independence

What It Means
Ability to manage short and long-term tasks, assignments, and responsibilities

How We Help
– Teach students how to plan and manage their school, personal, and social lives
– Develop short-term and long-term planning ability to full independence
– Form methods and strategies to plan for projects, papers, deadlines, etc.

What It Means
Ability to accurately keep track, estimate, and use time efficiently

How We Help
– Assist student in estimating scope, prioritizing, and planning tasks
– Provide tools and resources to better manage schoolwork, sports, activities, etc.
– Improving time awareness and use of time

Why It’s Important
Ability to write an organized, fluent, and on-topic essay

How We Help
– Provide a framework for brainstorming, organizing, and structuring a paper
– Help students develop a process to effectively and efficiently write a paper
– Assist with the timing, editing, and planning process

Why It’s Important
Ability to formulate a plan, review, and effectively use information to prepare for a test

How We Help
– Coach student through the process of prioritizing, planning, and executing a study plan
– Help student pinpoint main ideas and resources to most effectively study
– Develop routines and patterns of collecting information to better facilitate studying

Why It’s Important
Ability to take teacher and textbook notes in order to best process information

How We Help

– Create awareness of student’s means of processing information
– Evolve a student’s method for taking notes in class and from a book
– Maximize learning potential via note taking
Why It’s Important
The ability to start projects, assignments, or tasks and manage the working environment

How We Help
– Work with students to strengthen their ability to get started and decrease procrastination
– Provide anti-procrastination strategies
– Structure environmental conditions for effective work

Why It’s Important
Ability to stop one’s behavior at an appropriate time and move between tasks

How We Help
– Strengthen students’ ability to focus on tasks
– Structure environmental conditions for effective work
– Guide students to become able and proficient in starting and stopping with control

Why It’s Important
Ability to modulate emotional output and responses

How We Help
– Help student become aware of their own emotions and how behavior affects others
– Grow the ability to manage nerves, cope with anger, and clearly communicate
– Help student avoid conflict at school and at home

Why It’s Important
Ability to measure and evaluate one’s own performance with self-awareness

How We Help
– Increase ability to assess one’s own performance
– Identify one’s own strengths and struggles
– Improve the ability to take criticism, coaching, and own up to mistakes